uSports: Dormann Receives Top Academic All-Canadian Nod

uSports: Dormann Receives Top Academic All-Canadian Nod

Alina Dormann entered the 2017-18 uSports season in fine form, having spent the summer of 2017 with the Canadian senior women’s national team. Dormann represented Canada at the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade in Taipei and went onto have another dominant season for the Blues on the court.

The Ottawa native led the OUA with 3.66 kills per set - good for seventh in the nation - and ranked second in the province and fourth nationally with 4.6 points per set through 18 matches in 2017-18. She also topped Toronto in total attacks (617) and serving aces (32), while ranking second in digs per set (2.49) and third in blocks per set (0.55). Dormann was named the OUA East player of the year for the third consecutive season, while also earning her third career U SPORTS all-Canadian nod. She led Toronto to a 15-4 regular season record and notched a season-high 27.5 points as Toronto topped the Guelph Gryphons, 3-2, to advance to their seventh straight OUA Final Four.  

Photo: Varsity Blues Athletics

Photo: Varsity Blues Athletics

What’s more impressive is that she achieved all of this while pursuing a double major in biology and health & disease at the University of Toronto. The three-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian is a highly decorated student of U of T’s Victoria College, having won three of their major academic awards: the Regents Performance Award, given to a student who has excelled academically and who has distinguished themselves through their achievements in the creative or performing arts or athletics; the Helen Mae Woodliffe Scholarship, given to students with outstanding overall A standing; and the John David Steward Scholarship, given to students achieving excellence in the course of their studies.

In addition to her excellence on the court and in the classroom, Dormann makes time to give back to the volleyball community. She volunteered as an assistant coach with the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games and served as an assistant coach with Volleyball Position Camp (VPC). Dormann also coaches recreational house league, competitive beach and skills clinics within the Leaside Volleyball Club in Toronto.

“Alina embodies excellence both on and off the court,” said Kristine Drakich, who is in her 30th season as Varsity Blues head coach in 2018-19. “She is an amazing student and athlete. Not only has she been an outstanding player, including representing Canada at the FISU Games in 2017 and being named an All-Canadian, but she has also maintained one of the highest grade point averages in the history of our program.”

uSports: Matches to Watch January 10th-13th

uSports: Matches to Watch January 10th-13th

The uSports season is back in full swing this weekend, there’s a full schedule across the country! Here’s what you should watch.

W | #3 Dalhousie (9-0) @ Acadia (8-2) | Thursday 6:00 p.m. AT/7:00 p.m. ET

The #3 Dalhousie Tigers have been sweeping their way through the AUS this season. dropping only two sets in 9 matches so far this season. One of those sets was to Acadia at the beginning of the season - while the Axewomen’s only two losses have come at the hands of the Tigers. Acadia is led by duo Lucy Glen Carter and Lauren Renzella. The pair sit at #2 & #3 in kills in the AUS with 100 and 90 respectively - trailing only the Tigers’ Julie Moore with 101. Can Acadia make a move on the perennial powers?

UBC’s Kieran Van Ryk leads the country with 5.8 kills per set, scoring 305 points in just 14 matches so far.  Photo: (Rich Lam/UBC Athletics)

UBC’s Kieran Van Ryk leads the country with 5.8 kills per set, scoring 305 points in just 14 matches so far.

Photo: (Rich Lam/UBC Athletics)

W | UBC (8-6) @ MacEwan (7-5) | Friday: 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET - Saturday 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET (Pass Required)

With 7 teams within 4 points of each other in the middle of the CanadaWest standings -this weekend’s matchup could give a serious leg up over a crowded groups towards a top 4 spot. MacEwan will be looking to prove they’re the real deal this weekend when they visit the Thunderbirds and the best player in the country. Kiera Van Ryk, fresh off an appearance at the World Championships with the National team, the Surrey B.C. hasn’t missed a beat - tearing her way through her 2nd year in uSports. With an astonishing 305 points in 14 matches, she’s averaging 5.8 points per set and averaging 4.68 kills per set. The Griffins have taken the scoring by committee approach - with 5 five players having scored at least 105 points, a win in Vancouver would be a big statement.

W | #6 Waterloo (7-0) @ #8 Toronto (7-2) | Sunday 1:00 p.m. ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT

For a team who hasn’t had a winning record in almost a decade - the Waterloo have been the biggest surprise of the uSports season. Putting themselves at the top with statement wins over Western and McMaster -they have a perfect record sit sit at the top of the Division. They’re biggest match-up of the year so far will be in Toronto on Sunday. While the Varsity Blues may have a pair of losses to Western and Queens - they still have the best player in the conference Alina Dormann, who sits 4th in OUA scoring with 129.5 points while averaging 3.67 kills/set, and Brianna Patrick who sits in 5th with 118 points. This will be the Warriors first test against a Nationally ranked opponent - can they prove they’re the real deal?

W | Western (5-4) @ McMaster (5-3) | Sunday 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT

A classic match-up no matter what - this one will be especially import as it determines who gets to sit in sole possession of 2nd in the OUA West. Kelsey Veltman leads the OUA in scoring with 146.5 points and a .286 efficiency - and is the engine who runs the Mustangs. For the Marauders, Jessie Nairn has been having a breakout season. Leading McMaster with 115 points and averaging 2.97 kills/set - she also sits 2nd in digs with 47.

M | #1 Brandon (12-2) @ #4 Alberta (11-1) | Friday 6:00 p.m. MT/8:00 p.m. ET - Saturday 6:30 p.m. MT/8:30 p.m. ET (Game of the Week Free Match in Friday)

The Bobcats stand atop of the uSports men’s volleyball rankings for the first time in program history - but they won’t have time to take a a breath at top as they travel to Edmonton this weekend to take on the Golden Bears. A pair of 3-0 wins over the previously #1 Trinity Western Spartans last weekend was a statement heard across Canada - they’re going to have to play just as well, in a match up that should essentially determine the favourite heading into the playoffs. The Golden Bears’ sole loss came at the hands of the Spartans, and they have a veteran team that has a great case to be the best team in the country. Taryq Sani’s move to the outside has produced some explosive results as he sits 5th in the conference in kills with 164 and has a team high 191 points. If someone grabs a pair of W’s - they undoubtably have a strangle hold on the top stop in the Canada West.

Tyler Schmidt leads the Canada West with 260 points through 12 matches - averaging 5.7 points a set   Photo: Cougars Athletics

Tyler Schmidt leads the Canada West with 260 points through 12 matches - averaging 5.7 points a set

Photo: Cougars Athletics

M | #5 Mount Royal (9-3) @ #9 Thompson Rivers (7-3) | Friday 6:45 p.m. PT/9:45 p.m. ET (Pass Required)

This match-up between the biggest biggest sluggers in the league has huge implications both in standings and National Ranking. MRU’s Tyler Schimdt and TRU’s Tim Dobbert sit 1-2 in kills and points per set. While Schimdt, averaging 5.7 points/set has played two more matches than Dobbert, his 220 kills lead the league while Dobbert, averaging 5.0 points/set, has 181 tallies for second. Both teams sit with 3 losses and are fighting for fourth place - so a pair of wins here could mean homecourt advantage come the playoffs - not to mention a boost in the National Rankings.

M | #7 Windsor (7-2) @ #6 McMaster (6-2) | Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT

This first matchup of the year will likely determine top spot in the OUA West. Windsor picked up right where they left off last season with a Bronze at Provincials and their first appearance at Nationals and are making a serious case to being the top team in the OUA. Despite McMaster looking a little human this year with a pair of losses - they’re still the top dog until someone takes the Forsyth Cup away from them. Andrew Richards is still world-class - sitting 4th in points with 128.5 points, while he and Nathan Delguidice sit 4-5 averaging 4.7 and 4.6 points/set respectively. On Windsor’s side of things - Pierce Johnson has been a machine - averaging 4.09 kills/set at a .356 efficiency and sits in 3rd with 154.5 points. No matter what happens Saturday - this will quite possibly be a preview of the OUA Final.

uSports: Schriemer Named Player of the Year

uSports: Schriemer Named Player of the Year

Trinity Western's 5th-year setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has been named the uSports Men's Volleyball 2018 Player of Year at the All-Canadian banquet in Hamilton this morning. 

The Spartans Captain led his team to a 22-2 Regular season, dishing out 920 assists, averaging 10.57 assists/set - placing him in second in the country. 


A former Junior National team athlete (2014) - Schriemer has started in all of his 5 years at Trinity Western, leading them to 5-straight Nationals appearances, three-straight Canada West titles, and has a chance to win a 3rd-straight National Championship - something that hasn't been done since Winnipeg did it during their record 4 in-a-row from 1971 - to 1974. 



USport: 2017 Men's Volleyball Championships

USport: 2017 Men's Volleyball Championships

This year, the top 8 teams in Canada will be heading to the University of Alberta to wrap up another great season of volleyball. Like always, you can find all the information you need here, which will be updated daily. 

Bracket Challenge

Do you think you can guess who will take home the gold? If so, check out this years USport Men's Volleyball Bracket Challenge.

Schedule & Live Stream


Fri March 17

1:00 PM/ET        (1) Trinity Western vs. (8) Waterloo 

2:30 PM/ET        (4) Laval vs. (5) McMaster

6:30 PM/ET        (2) Manitoba vs. (7) Alberta

8:00 PM/ET        (3) UBC vs. (6) UNB

Sun March 19

12:00 PM/ET       Consolation Final (5th Place)

3:00 PM/ET         Bronze Medal

6:00 PM/ET        Gold Medal

Sat March 18

1:00 PM/ET      Waterloo vs. Laval

2:30 PM/ET        UNB vs. Manitoba

6:30 PM/ET        Alberta vs. UBC

8:00 PM/ET        McMaster vs. Trinity Western

All matches streamed on

USport: 2017 Women's Volleyball Championships

USport: 2017 Women's Volleyball Championships

Finally, it's time to gather all the best teams from each province for one last weekend of the best volleyball we've seen all season. If you don't already know, the event this year is being held at Ryerson University's Mattamy Athletic Center, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens. Right in our backyard! Make sure to tune in all weekend long for full coverage from Toronto!

Bracket Challenge

Think you know who's going to take home the first-ever USports Women's Volleyball banner? Take a shot at our 2017 USport Women's Volleyball Bracket Challenge!

Live Stream & Schedule

Fri March 17

12:00 PM/ET       (2) McMaster vs. (7) Trinity Western 

2:00 PM/ET        (3) UBC vs. (6) Western

6:00 PM/ET        (1) Alberta vs. (8) Ryerson

8:00 PM/ET        (4) Montreal vs. (5) Dalhousie 

Sun March 19

10:00 PM/ET       Consolation Final (5th Place)

1:00 PM/ET         Bronze Medal

4:00 PM/ET        Gold Medal


Sat March 18

12:00 PM/ET      Western vs. McMaster

2:00 PM/ET        Ryerson vs. Dalhousie

6:00 PM/ET        Trinity Western vs. UBC

8:00 PM/ET        Montreal vs. Alberta

All matches live streamed on Sports Canada T V