FIVB: Sydney 2 Star

FIVB: Sydney 2 Star

While the indoor season wraps up here, some of our Canadian beach players arrived in Sydney, Australia for the first FIVB World Tour 2 Star event. On Thursday we saw Davis/Cockrell go up against Australia's own Bartoli/Jenkins, the Aussies took the set 2 straight (both 21-18). Yesterday, Gordon/Saxton had more success against the American team Pavlik/Dowdy, taking the set 2-1 (24-22, 21-16, 15-13). After winning their quarter final game this morning (2-0) against Dicello/Stockman, they'll move on to face Bawden/Laird in the semi-finals at 7:00 PM/ET. 

You can watch all the games here!

Live Streams

Bronze Medal Match - 11:00 pm ET / 8:00 pm PT

Gold Medal Match - 12:00 am ET / 9:00 pm PT

CIS: Live Stream Schedule October 24th-26th

CIS: Live Stream Schedule October 24th-26th
 The Alberta Golden Pandas and Trinity Western Spartans both sit atop the Canada West at 3-1. They go toe-to-toe this weekend.  Photo: Trinity Western Spartans

The Alberta Golden Pandas and Trinity Western Spartans both sit atop the Canada West at 3-1. They go toe-to-toe this weekend.  Photo: Trinity Western Spartans

 

Finally, the time is here when all four CIS conferences are in full swing, and the action is plentiful. If you can't make it out to a match, don't miss a second by watching all your favourite teams right here! Here's a few matches we think you should watch. 

Trinity Western @ Alberta - Men & Women

For both the men and women, the Bears and Spartans are wrestling for dominance already early in this CIS season. For the men, both undefeated and setting up a re-match of last year's CanWest Final. Should be a classic like the rest of them. Check it out. 

Ryerson @ McMaster - Men - Friday

McMaster had a rocky start to their season last weekend going 1-1, while the Rams took care of Guelph easily. The Marauders will be looking to settle down at the top of the OUA, while Ryerson might have a serious bid to wreak some havoc. 

McMaster @ Ottawa - Women - Saturday

Ottawa started the year at No. 4 but saw that disappear quickly as they went 0-2 last weekend. In this re-match of last year's OUA Final, McMaster could put the Gee-Gees in a tight spot early.

 

Women

Friday October 24th

Saturday October 25th

Sunday October 26th, 2014

  • Dalhousie vs, Laval (@ Montreal) - 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Saint Mary's vs. McGill (@ Montreal) - 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Cape Breton @ Montreal - 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Acadia vs. Sherbrooke (@ Montreal) - 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Toronto @ Brock - 7:00 p.m. ET

 

CIS: CIS Makes Big Eligibility and Scholarship Changes

CIS: CIS Makes Big Eligibility and Scholarship Changes

The 26th of November may be forever ingrained in Canadian sports history. Yes, we all heard about the gigantic deal between Rogers and the NHL, and while that may have some repercussions in volleyball, another announcement was made that could potentially be a game changer in not only volleyball, but Canadian athletics as a whole.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), announced yesterday a “trio” of motions approved by the 55 member institutions.

Those who want to read the CIS’ press release can do so here.

The first is the announcement of a brand new strategic plan, which is “based on values such as student-athlete experience, excellence, team work and ethics”.

This vague announcement, paired with how excited the CIS seems to be to present it, is really peaking our interest. It’s no secret that the CIS has forever been in the shadows to our brothers of the south and the endlessly funded NCAA. Men’s volleyball is probably one of the few, if not the only, sport where the level of play in the CIS and NCAA is more or less at par. While in women’s volleyball, there’s no doubt that our best athletes are leaving the country to go play in a league revered around the world. Is the CIS going to start trying to compete with the giant that is the NCAA?

Which brings us to their next announcement, the Eligibility Repatriation Rule. Canadians athletes who ventured to the US and didn’t enjoy the experience have always had to sit a year out before joining a new team in the CIS. Well this is no longer the case. Coming into effect in September of 2014, athletes wishing to return to Canada and compete at a CIS school will no longer have to sit out an entire year.

There’s no doubt we’re going to see an increase of athletes coming back to the CIS; there are bound to be a few athletes wishing to play in Canada and the only thing that’s stopping them is having no desire to take a step back form competition for year.

But knowing they have something to fall back on now with no consequence, are we going to see more athletes test the waters of the NCAA? In my opinion, the men are the one who may use this to their advantage. We may see a slight increase of women heading south, but that path is already well trodden, while the men might dip a toe of the waters just to see what it’s like. In 2012 we saw two top recruits Dany Demyanenko and Stephen turn down UCLA and Hawai’i respectively at the last minute in favour of McMaster, would their decision have been different if they knew they could come back a year later with no consequence?

Finally, the third, and one that could potentially change the entire attitude of the CIS is the Women’s Hockey Pilot Project. This is a five-year project that removes current restrictions associated with CIS athletic scholarships. Schools sporting a women’s hockey will be able to offer those athletes with additional money to cover room and board, as well as school books. All other sports will remain under the old system, and will only be able to provide scholarships that cover uniquely tuition and compulsory fees.

While it may still be a while off, but is the CIS taking its first full steps in fully supporting its athletes and allowing athletic departments to offer full-rides? It’s looking promising.

This trial period will be closely monitored for five-years, so it will be at least a half-decade until we see a another step being taken, but still, it is a start. 

 

CIS: Top Rookies of 2013

CIS: Top Rookies of 2013

The first semester of CIS volleyball is coming to a close, and rookies across the country are adapting to a new team, new systems, and a new level of dedication. In no particular order, here are a few that have started their CIS careers running.

Canada West

Adam Schriemer - Trinity Western

Being a first-year setter may be one of the toughest realities in the world of volleyball. To step up and run a team’s offense is a daunting task for anyone fresh out of the club system, but Trinity Western’s Adam Schriemer has done just that.

The 6’7” setter from Winnipeg has already played in 21 of 24 sets for the Spartans and seems to have won the starting position over second-year Scott Plocktis. Schriemer got the nod in both matches against Alberta over the weekend.

One thing you notice about most first-year players is their size; generally the lack of it. Schriemer already looks like a much older player, as he physically looks like he’s been at Trinity for a few years already.

The first-year has already tallied 173 assists, only good enough for 17th in the CIS at the moment, but we have a feeling that this kid will be among the top athletes in the country for the next few years.

Adam DeJonckheere - Manitoba

While they might share the same name, Manitoba Bison rookie Adam DeJonckheere is a completely different beast then his Spartan colleague. Weighing no more than 180 pounds (and trust us, even that’s pushing it), and sporting the infamous ‘Bieber flow’, Adam DeJonckheere looks like he should probably still be in high school.

But man can he put the ball away.

VSM first got a look at him when he was playing for Team Manitoba at the Canada Games. He came in for Manitoba in the 3rd set of their quarterfinal against BC, and pretty much had an immediate impact, scoring points and helping Manitoba force a 5th set, where they lost 15-13 to the eventual bronze medalists.

DeJonckheere has continued that run against some of the best players in the country, with 91 kills in six matches for the Bisons, and averaging 3.37 kills/set, this former member of Winnipeg’s 204 Club is already making headlines. Oh, did we mention that his 100 points is good enough for 8th in the CIS?

Keith West - Calgary

This first-year from Lethbridge isn’t putting up the big numbers like his colleagues have been, but Keith West has been holding it down on the outside for the Dinos this year.

He’s played in 24 of 29 sets for Calgary, and already racked up 43 kills, while fighting for a spot on the court for the only team guaranteed a spot at Nationals in March. If West can keep it up, he may play some very big minutes for a team poised to surprise some people this year.

Leah Shevkenek - Regina

If there’s one bright spot so far this year for the Regina Cougars, it’s first-year setter Leah Shevkenek.

The rookie from Calgary has stepped into the starting rotation without even missing a beat. Winning a gold medal at the Canada Games this summer helped, as she’s stepped in and ran the offence for the Cougars in every match this season.

Already she sits fourth in the CIS with 253 assists, and is sixth with 9.73 assists/set. She’s also added 8 aces from the baseline.

If Regina is looking for a player to build a team around, it looks like they may have found the one.

Vaovai Aiono - Brandon

Brandon Bobcats have raced out of the gate to start the season at 5-1, their only loss came in a weekend split to Alberta.

Vaovai Aiono has most definitely had her hand in that. Although it’s tough to call her a rookie considering she has already played internationally as a member of the New Zealand national team, Aiono has already put up some pretty good numbers.

Through six matches, Aiono sits in third on the Bobcats with 49 kills, averaging 2.33 kills/set. She’s also been effective from the baseline, with eight aces already on the season.

Janna Ogle - Calgary

This first-year hailing from Edmonton has been making a name for herself for the Dinos this year.

She sits third in team scoring with 47 kills so far, only one behind teammate Emma Pederson, who has played in six more sets than Ogle. Her 2.47 kills/set, on the other hand, is good enough for second on the team.

After losing five starters, there’s no question that the Dinos are looking to rebuild, but with the addition of Ogle to the already very impressive second-year Ali Woolley, Calgary is looking to be one of the teams to beat in the next few years.

OUA

Sophie Bukovec - McMaster

It’s hard to believe that Sophie Bukovec is only a rookie in the CIS. With a few FIVB and NORCECA beach events under her belt, and a Canada Games beach volleyball gold medal around her neck, this first-year for the McMaster Marauders definitely comes with an impressive resume.

With 71 kills through five matches, she leads all rookies so far in pretty much every offensive department. She’s averaging 3.74 kills/set, as well as 4.3 points/set, categories in which she sits eighth in the country.

She’s lead her team in scoring in four of six matches this year, including a 26 point performance in a 3-1 loss to Windsor.

Kate Lonergan - Toronto

Although not a true rookie as she was a red-shirt for the Varsity Blues last year, Kate Lonergan has come in and played like a veteran for a team right in the thick of things in the competitive OUA East.

The libero from North Vancouver has already racked up 102 digs, placing her third in the country, and is averaging 4.25 digs/set, putting her eighth in the CIS.

What is more impressive from Lonergan is her attitude on the court. Her energy and poise on the court would indicate a veteran player with multiple years of experience; rather than a first-year who has barely taken her first steps in the CIS.

Aleks Arsovic - York

This first-year from Oakville has been more than steady so far this year for the undefeated York Lions.

Pacing herself with 58 kills and 58 digs so far, Arsovic has made an impact both offensively and defensively for the No. 5 Lions.

Arsovic led York in their second match of the year, a 3-1win over Waterloo, when she scored 15 points; all of them kills, and hit a .353.

Adam Anagnostopoulos - Ryerson

The Ryerson Rams were a big question mark in the OUA this year. Sure, they still had Rob Wojcik, but with the loss of setter Aleksa Miladinovic to Toronto, Ryerson definitely could have flourished or plummeted.

Luckily for them, in came Anagnostopoulos, and the ability to calmly run an efficient offence, which has allowed him to amass a cool 243 assists so far this season, good enough for sixth in the CIS. 

Jeff Ardon - Ryerson

It's tough to justify having two players from the same team on this list, but the way both of them are playing at the moment it would be hard to omit either of them. Much like Anagnostopoulos, Ardon had some big shoes to fill. Not only has he filled them, they may even be too small. 

He's played in every set this year for the Rams, and has put up some serious numbers already. He’s one of the most efficient hitters in the CIS, hitting a .462, not to mention sits fifth in the CIS with 15 solo blocks.

Pawel Jedrzejewski - McMaster

Pawel Jedrzejewski has quietly been having a solid season for the No. 2 McMaster Marauders. The rookie libero has played in every set this year for the Marauders, and has committed only one error so far this year. The way he's playing, the fact that not many have noticed him is a gigantic compliment, because it means he's being consistently solid for one of the top teams in the country. 

While he's only racked up 23 digs this year, he is leading McMaster in that department. Considering the Marauders have won all of their games but one in straight sets, and the way they've dominated most matches, we're not entirely surprised that their just aren't that many balls to dig.

AUS

Matthew Donovan - Dalhousie

The AUS is well on it's way to one of it's best showings yet, as they dominated the RSEQ in the first Interlocking weekend. One factor leading this is veteran squads at both UNB and Dalhousie, but there is one rookie who is getting starting minutes in the AUS. 

Matthew Donovan has stepped in nicely for the Tigers this year, and while he hasn't been as immediately dominant as some of the others on the list, he's most definitely already proved that he belongs.

The London, Ontario native has racked up 36 kills throughout 7 matches this year, hitting a sweet .492 so far this year. Add 13 blocks to that, and those stats aren't anything to bat an eye at. 

Desiree Nouwen

Desiree Nouwen is another who's only a rookie in theory, but we'll give it to her anyways.

This international student from The Netherlands who has already played semi-pro back home has transitioned very well so far playing for the Tigers. Although they've played a league fewest five matches, her 4.19 kills/set is 2nd best in the CIS, while her 4.9 points/set puts her in 3rd. She can get it done on the defensive side of the game too, as she sits in 12th nationally with 3.75 digs/set.

Rachel Windhorst - St. Mary's 

On the complete opposite side of the country from where she grew up, Rachel Windhorst doesn't seem to be affected by the change of scenery. The Surrey native is leading the No. 10 St. Mary's Huskies offensively this season with 54 kills, and averaging 3.18 kills/set. We're not saying she's the reason, but she's most definitely a big part of the Huskies’ success this season. 

 

Just a thought: Should RSEQ athletes who have played in the CCAA be eligible to win Rookie of the Year awards, or be a part of the all-rookie team? For this one, we decided to not include them, must like we wouldn't include players coming from the OCAA or the ACAC. Don't agree? Send us your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook

CIS: St. FX Cancels Volleyball Program

CIS: St. FX Cancels Volleyball Program
 Photo and Logo: goxgo.ca

Photo and Logo: goxgo.ca

The women's volleyball team at St. Francis Xavier has been canceled, effective immediately. 

According to Athletic Director Leo MacPherson, the fiscal responsibility of supporting 13 varsity programs was no longer possible. Women's volleyball was chosen due to it's minimal impact on student athletes, only 10 athletes will be impacted, as well the program is not one of national prominence. St. FX has never won an AUS Women's Volleyball Title.

The University will honour all current athletic scholarships, and will assist any athlete seeking to transfer schools.  

This situation is all too familiar to volleyball fans. In 2011,  Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo cut both their Men's and Women's programs, without any warning, leaving all athletes and coaches without arrangement for the next season.

This case seems to be slightly more civil than in Laurier's case.  

"We've been hearing rumours about it for a few weeks," said second-year player Kelsey Wolfenden. "This morning their was a conference call with the Athletic Director to make it official, as well as an e-mail that was sent out to the players who weren't able to attend the meeting."

One can't help but notice that the least successful of St. FX's varsity teams is the men's football team, with a record of only 2-8, finishing dead last in the AUS. 

The women's volleyball team on the other hand held a record of  6-7, upsetting UNB before losing in the AUS semi-finals. 

Obviously, the football team at St. FX does hold a strong tradition, with championship teams that run into the '40's. But if we're talking financial responsibility for a varsity team, which costs more? (Hint: it's football)

The only other team at St. FX without a gender equivalent, is women's Rugby, a powerhouse team that defeated defending champion Guelph 37-0 in the CIS Final.  

We're once again witnessing the North American tendency to value certain sports over others. For most people living on our continent, if it's not football, basketball, baseball, or hockey (well, that one's more for Canadians, but regardless), they don't care. 

Unfortunately, in most cases, volleyball is the first program to go. We also saw it in 2010, when McGill dropped their men's team, as well as many other cases across Canada and the United-States.  

We've tried complaining, we've tried writing to athletic directors, but the culture won't change until we change it. Want to keep your favourite CIS volleyball teams around? There's an easy solution:    support them.

If the fans support CIS, CCAA, and NCAA volleyball teams, eventually (well, hopefully), AD's and other sport people will see the benefit, and support volleyball.  

It's no longer the time to whine and complain about the decisions that Universities make, we now have to stand up for our teams, our athletes, but most importantly, we have to stand up for our sport. 

Capers Volleyball Player Dies in Car Accident

Kristen Ryan. Photo: Cape Breton Post (capebretonpost.com)

Earlier this afternoon, Cape Breton University announced some very sad news:

It is with deep sadness that CAPERS Athletics announces the passing of one of our most decorated student-athletes.

Kristen Ryan of Port Hastings, NS, a five-year member of our women's volleyball team passed away Thursday evening in a motor-vehicle accident outside of Halifax. An athlete that competed fearlessly and always left it all out on the floor, Kristen was a leader and friend among her teammates and all members of the CAPERS family.

“We are terribly saddened by the news of Kristen Ryan’s tragic death,” said CBU Director of Athletics John Ryan. “Kristen was a special member of our CAPERS family; a great teammate and individual and she will be sorely missed by all of us here at CBU.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Kristen’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

One of the most popular players in the history of CBU women’s volleyball, Kristen was a two-time AUS All-Star and Libero of the Year in 2009-10. Having completed her final year of eligibility with the CAPERS last season, Kristen was scheduled to graduate with her Bachelor of Arts degree during CBU’s fall convocation on October 27th.

CBU Athletics and the campus community offer their deepest condolences to Kristen’s family, teammates, friends and all those in the Nova Scotia volleyball community that would have had the pleasure to know, love and feel her vibrant spirit. Her passing certainly leaves a void in our CAPERS family. Her presence will be missed.

This marks the second auto-mobile related death of a Canadian volleyball player in recent memory.  One year and seven months ago, UBC-O men's volleyball outside hitter Jordan Young passed away after a collision with a power pole.  

Cape Breton University is located in Sydney, Nova Scotia and is a member of the AUS conference of the CIS.  The women's volleyball team is scheduled to begin their regular season later this month.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kristen's family, friends and teammates.

Source: Cape Breton Athletics

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.

CIS: 2012 Women's Championship Live Scores

The fourth match of the day in Hamilton as the Alberta takes on McGill .

We are live in Hamilton, Ontario for the 2012 CIS Women's Volleyball Championship.  Live streaming for each game is provided and we've posted the links below.  We're also doing our live scores so if anyone wants to see the box scores for each of the games.  The four games today are:

Saturday March 3rd, 2012

Stay tuned for live scores below.

CIS: 2012 Volleyball Championships

Cis champ 2012

This weekend brings action from Kingston and Hamilton, Ontario as those two cities host the 2012 CIS Volleyball Championships.  Queen's University will host the men's side of the tournament after winning the OUA banner earlier this month.  They defeated the team that held the number one position in the OUA for the entire season, The Western Mustangs.  The defending champions from Trinity Western University have gained the #1 seed for the tournament and are looking for back to back gold medals.

McMaster will host the women's side of the tournament where the UBC Thunderbirds will be looking to defend their four peat.  This year they will have to overcome many good teams, including Alberta.  The Pandas recently defeated the reigning CIS champs in the Canada West playoffs giving them the #1 seed of the tournament.

Kill on Two will be in Hamilton and Kingston this weekend getting some interviews, videos, photos and live scores.  We have combined all of our 2012 Championship coverage into one easy page for Canadian volleyball fans.  On this page, we'll have post all of our updates from the tournament and host our tournament brackets.  This year we have a treat for our readers: bracket predictions.  Before the tournaments start, you can fill out a bracket and predict this year's winner.  All of the predictions of all the readers of the site will be listed and scored as the tournament goes on.  Challenge your friends to see who can get the best bracket prediction.

Click here to make a prediction for the men's bracket.

Click here to make a prediction for the women's bracket.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Enjoy

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.

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.

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.

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:

UNB Claim Multiple AUS Championships

The University of New Brunswick has something to brag about after a stellar weekend of volleyball out East. First, their men's squad deal with Dalhousie in a best of three series. Though it wasn't easy, going to five sets in both games, UNB managed to claim victory without having to go to a third match. Dalhousie had won 24 straight AUS Championships on the men's side of things, and 30 of the last 31. UNB claims their first AUS Championship since the 1978-79 season. Now the UNB squad will attempt to make a mark on the national scale, going to Langley on March 4th to compete.

For the women, UNB fought throught a tough tournament bracket to claim their championship. After an impressive regular season, they earned themselves a bye through the quarter-finals on Friday. On Saturday, they dealth with Dalhousie in a 3-1 win. On Sunday, they destroyed the defending champions, Saint Mary's, 3-0. The win earned them the title of AUS Champions. The women out East are far more competitive than the men, and no team has won three-straight championships in the last decade. UNB won the title three years ago, and will now try to capitalize on this season's success in the CIS Championships.

The only two leagues in the CIS that have finished, the AUS and RSEQ, both were won by the same university for both men and women. Laval and UNB have proven that their program is capable of establishing great teams. I'm excited to see how each team does come the first weekend in March.