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CIS: UBC Wins 2012 Women's Championship

UBC claims their fifth national title in a row.

It was hardly the dominant run of years past, but the UBC Thunderbirds claimed their fifth-consecutive national women’s volleyball title at the expense of the Alberta Pandas on Sunday night.

Battling back from a two set to one deficit in front of a large and energized crowd at McMaster’s Burridge Gym, the Thunderbirds capped their comeback victory with a block on Alberta’s rookie standout Alena Omelchenko.
Final set scores were 25-21, 15-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-12 in favour of the British Columbian outfit in what was a neck-and-neck encounter between the nation’s top two teams.
The opening frame saw the Pandas open an early lead at 10-6 as UBC began to misfire from the outside, and the Alberta squad would maintain that advantage at the technical timeout after an emotional single block brought the score to 16-13 in their favour.
The Thunderbirds would emerge the stronger from the timeout however, and after Omelchenko botched an attempted attack from the middle, the Pandas’ lead had dwindled to just a single point at 20-19. UBC seized their opportunity and completed the first set comeback with a double block for 25-21.
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Updated: CIS Conference Playoffs

It's Playoff Time!

Regular season play has finished for CIS men's and women's volleyball.  Before the national championships in Hamilton (women's) and Kingston (men's) each conference in the CIS must have their playoffs.  Each conference is different.  There are a different number of teams in each conference and sometimes each conference has a different number of teams in each gender.  We'll breakdown how each conference does their playoffs.

RSEQ - Men's and Women's Playoffs

In the RSEQ three teams make playoffs in both the men's and women's side of the conference. The format of the RSEQ playoffs is a best two of three home and home series. The team that finishes first in the regular season gets a bye to the second round.

Men's Playoff Schedule

  • Sherbrooke def. Montreal 3-0 - February 10th, 2012
  • Sherbrooke def. Montreal 3-2 - February 11th, 2012
  • Laval def. Sherbrooke 3-0 - February 17th, 2012
  • Laval def. Sherbrooke 3-0 - February 24th, 2012

Women's Playoff Schedule

  • Laval def. McGill 3-2 - February 10th, 2012
  • McGill def. Laval 3-1 - February 11th, 2012
  • McGill def. Laval 3-2 - February 12, 2012
  • Montreal def. McGill 3-1 - February 18th, 2012
  • Montreal def. McGill 3-0 - February 24th, 2012

Canada West, AUS, and OUA playoffs after the jump.

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aus, canadawest, cis, mens, oua, rseq, womensCameron Kerr
CIS: Week 13 Volleyball Schedule (Video)

Graphic: Google

It's the end of the regular season for CIS Men's and Women's Volleyball.  Teams are wrapping up their regular seasons and many teams are having their senior nights to say goodbye to their teammates leaving this year.  Matches are listed below and if there are live video links, we've posted those too.

Men's Games February 11, 2012

  • UNB vs. Dalhousie - 2:00 p.m. AST
  • McMaster vs. Toronto - 3:00 p.m. EST - Live Video
  • Ryerson vs. York - 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Calgary vs. Regina 6:15 p.m. CST - Live Video
  • Alberta vs. Brandon - 7:45 p.m. CST - Live Video
  • Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba - 8:00 p.m. CST - Live Video
  • UBC vs. Trinity Western - 7:00 p.m. - Live Video
  • Thompson Rivers vs. UBC Okanagan - 8:00 p.m. PST - Live Video

Men's Games February 12, 2012

  • Ryerson vs. Toronto - 1:00 p.m. EST - Live Video
  • McMaster vs. York - Live Video

Women's games after the break.

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CIS: Week 12 Volleyball Schedule (Video)

Cis week12

We're heading into the home stretch of the CIS volleyball season with this week being the second last week of the regular season.  Lots of schools are having their senior nights as they say goodbye to graduating players, many of whom will be playing high level volleyball for the last time.  Below is the list of the games this weekend and if available, links to live streams.

CIS Women's Volleyball Games

February 4th, 2012

  • Western at Queen's - 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Acadia at Cape Breton - 2:00 p.m. AST
  • Windsor at RMC - 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Memorial at Saint Mary's - 7:00 p.m. AST
  • Moncton at UNB - 7:00 p.m. AST
  • York at Guelph - 6:00 p.m. EST - Live Stats
  • Lakehead at Waterloo - 6:00 p.m. EST
  • Montreal at Laval - 6:00 p.m. EST - Live Video
  • McGill at Sherbrooke - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Winnipeg at Manitoba - 6:00 p.m. CST - Live Video
  • UBC Okanagan at Saskatchewan - 6:00 p.m. CST - Live Video
  • Trinity Western at Calgary - 6:00 p.m. CST - Live Video
  • Brandon at UBC 5:00 p.m. PST - Live Video
  • Regina at Alberta 7:30 p.m. MST - Live Video

More matches after the jump.

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CIS: January 27, 28 and 29 Volleyball Schedule (Video)

Cis weekly update jan27 2012

The CIS is in full swing this weekend with a very large 53 matches taking place over today, tomorrow and Sunday.  Very few of the matches have live streams, but we have listed below the ones that do and their links if you are looking for something to watch this weekend.  If you happen to be at any of these matches throughout the weekend be sure to drop us a line on our Twitter account, or Facebook page.  Or, if you happen to be at The University of Toronto (that's where we'll be) come and say hi.


CIS Women's Volleyball Games

Friday January 27th, 2012

  • Guelph at Waterloo - 6:00 PM EST Live Video
  • Montreal at McGill - 6:00 PM EST
  • Sherbrooke at Laval - 6:00 PM EST Live Video
  • Ottawa at Queen's - 7:00 PM EST Live stats
  • Trinity Western - Manitoba at 6:00 PM CST
  • UBC at Winnipeg - 6:00 PM CST
  • Calgary at Alberta - 6:00 PM MST
  • Regina at UBC Okanagan - 6:00 PM PST
  • Saskatchewan at Thompson Rivers - 6:00 PM PST

More women's and men's CIS volleyball matches after the jump.

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CIS Women's Volleyball: Season Update
Graphic: WikipediaThe 2011-2012 CIS Women's Volleyball season is well underway and heading into the December break.  We are going to take this time to review each conference on their way to this year's championship hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  We'll start off with the OUA.


With the departure of Laurier from CIS men's and women's volleyball, the OUA has now folded both divisions into one massive 13 team conference.  At the top of the OUA is the York University Lions.  Undefeated in nine games, the Lions have only dropped three sets this season.  Even getting locked in an elevator for just under and hour right before they walked on the court didn't phase them as they defeated the OUA second place team, Ottawa by a score of 3-1.  Ottawa sits in a little pack of three teams fighting out for the second spot of the OUA with a record of 7-3.  The other two teams fighting it out with Ottawa are Queen's (6-2) and Toronto (6-3).  U of T is showing quite the improvement from last year when they finished the regular season with a record of 5-14.

Canada West, AUS and RSEQ after the jump.

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CIS Consolation: McMaster and Alberta Golden Bears Set to Clash

UNB Varsity Reds' 5 Julio Fernandez gets low to dig a McMaster attack. Already setter 9 Stephane Fontaine has transitioned to offence.Saturday March 5, 2011

Langley Events Centre

Langley, British Columbia

The Consolation Semi-Finals were played out on Saturday, to decide which two teams were to compete for fifth place overall in Men's CIS Volleyball. The two matches to be played on Saturday were McMaster vs. UNB, and Alberta vs. Sherbrooke. The winning teams will play on Sunday, March 5th, at 12:00 pm PST. All of the teams playing today had to deal with a first round elimination on Friday. The emotional drain of having to reassess your goals can often reak havoc on a teams performance. These four squads, each representing a different feeder league for the CIS, had to pull it together to represent their respective provinces appropriately.

Full breakdown and results for both matches after the jump:

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