B.C. women net gold

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE - There may have been bumps along the way, but British Columbia is returning home today with the gold medals in women's beach volleyball.
Kara Jansenvandoorn of Langley and Shanice Marcelle of Victoria defeated the previously-undefeated Alberta duo of Raynell Lavertu of Calgary and Kathryn Moncks of Standard 2-0 in the gold-medal match. Both sets ended in identical 21-16 scores.

SUMMERSIDE - There may have been bumps along the way, but British Columbia is returning home today with the gold medals in women's beach volleyball.
Kara Jansenvandoorn of Langley and Shanice Marcelle of Victoria defeated the previously-undefeated Alberta duo of Raynell Lavertu of Calgary and Kathryn Moncks of Standard 2-0 in the gold-medal match. Both sets ended in identical 21-16 scores.
"Nothing less than gold," said Jansenvandoorn, when asked about the team's goal entering the 2009 Canada Summer Games.
"It was a tough road to it because we had to go through a couple of losses against teams we shouldn't have lost to," added Jansenvandoorn, referring to round-robin losses to New Brunswick and Ontario.
"But I think it made us more aggressive and made us really fight for it and we played our best volleyball at the end."
The first set of the final was close throughout until British Columbia opened up a pair of five-point leads - 19-14 and 20-15.
"We started off serving really aggressive," said Jansenvandoorn. "That was one of our games plans, to serve aggressive."
British Columbia, which finished with an overall record of 5-2, jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second set and it proved too deep of a hole for Alberta to rebound from.
"We played really controlled and never gave them the opportunity to fight back," said Marcelle. "We just stayed ahead of them, played aggressive and even though we made a lot of errors in serving and that, it worked out in our favour."
"I don't think we ever really let it affect us," said Marcelle. "I knew that we were in control the whole time and I had full confidence in us finishing the match."
Alberta, which entered the gold-medal match with a 5-0 record, refused to go quietly, making it a two-point game on five different occasions.
In the bronze-medal match, Ontario's Caleigh Whitaker and Dianne Burrows defeated the Manitoba team of Chloe Reimer and Rachel Cockrell 2-0 (22-20, 21-12).

Geographic location: British Columbia, Alberta, SUMMERSIDE Ontario Victoria Calgary Canada New Brunswick Manitoba

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