CCAA: Men's Medal Matches

CCAA: Men's Medal Matches

We're in London, Ontario for the Finals of CCAA season and to crown a new National Championships!

Check out the Bronze and Gold Medal Matches tonight.

Bronze Medal Match - Fanshawe Falcons vs. Medicine Hat Rattlers - 6:00 p.m. ET

Gold Medal Match - Red Deer Kings vs. Limoilou Titans

Queens are Back to Back Champions

Queens are Back to Back Champions

Volleyball fans wouldn’t have been going out on a limb to predict The Red Deer College Queens would win back to back gold medals. Few, however, could have predicted in what fashion they would earn it. The Queens were on everyone's radar. When you are the top team in the country you are going to get everyone’s best, because what do they really have to lose? Red Deer showed a lot of grit this year always answering the bell. They had a shaky start to the event dropping the opening set of the tournament to Édouard-Montpetit 25-13. They followed up that match defeating conference rival Grand Prairie 3-1 in the Semi Final after dropping the opener 27-25. Finally the Queens went the distance winning 3-2 in front of a Garneau crowd in Longueuil, Quebec.

Day 3 opened with Bronze Medal Semi Finals. The one flaw with the double elimination style bronze medal format is if you lose your gold medal semi final on the evening of Day 2 you have a very quick turnaround to play the next morning. I’m not making excuses for VIU or Grand Prairie they wouldn’t want me to and both teams had their chances to win this morning. The Vancouver Island University Mariners lost a tough one to Garneau last night at 6pm, resulting in them meeting their PACWEST rival Camosun this morning at 10am. Fatigue didn’t appear to be a factor in the first set as VIU lead most of the way until Hilary Graham lead a 5 point serving run for the Chargers. Camosun closed won the set 25-23, then carried that momentum into the 2nd winning 25-19. Some may have expected VIU to pack it in when they trailed at 15 in the 3rd set but they sparked a comeback to take the 3rd set 25-22. The 4th set was much of the same as it was close until a late charge sent this match to a 5th set. Camosun gained some ground just after the side change and never looked back with a 15-10 set win. Kathryn Fetting was named Player of the Game recording 17kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks. and 8 digs. Hilary Graham was solid with 9 kills, 1 block and 20 digs.  Megan Rosenlund was awarded Player of the Game for the Mariners with 16 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, and 16 digs. Ashley Van Acken chipped in with 7 kills, and 4 blocks.

The Humber Hawks and Grande Prairie met in the other Bronze Medal Semi Final for the right to play Camosun. Grande Prairie would earn the first set 25-19. The second set was neck and neck the entire way. Kaitlyn Cordingley lead a run late for the Wolves to go up at 23. Humber would answer but Grande Prairie would close it out 26-24. That 2nd set battle had an interesting effect on the match as it looked to spark Humber and at times looked like Grande Prairie had little left in the tank. Humber won the next two sets 25-16 and 25-10. In the 5th set Humber trailed 8-10 before regaining their focus. All Canadian Thalia Hanniman was steady once again for the Hawks closing it out 15-11 from the service line. Hanniman would have 24 kills, 1 ace, and 10 digs. Rookie setter Brittany Vanderlaan contributed in all areas for the Hawks setting a great match and adding 6 aces and 13 digs. Cordingley finished the match with 10 kills, 2 aces, and 6 digs. Amy Norman lead the offence for the Wolves with 11 kills and 1 block.  

Playing for 7th and 8th place at Nationals is never an easy match to get up for. Mount Saint Vincent University and Edouard Montoetit found a way to compete for their last chance to end their season with a win. The Lynx once again came roaring out of the gate winning their 3rd first set win of the tournament 25-14. Unlike the first two days they were able to battle to win their first 2nd set of the event 25-17. MSVU didn’t go away as they lead from the half way point until they finished off the set 25-17. The 4th set was a seesaw clash until The Lynx earned the lead at 20 and never looked back winning 25-21. Claire Veicheval was outstanding for Edouard Montoetit with 10 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, and 9 digs. Clemence Provost-Lussier  had 11 kills, 3 blocks and 1 dig. Jaylene Fraser lead the way for the Mystics with 12 kills, and 2 digs. Madison Urquhart was impressive with 9 kills and 9 digs. To add to their victory, Édouard-Montpetit was awarded the Chuck Gullickson Trophy for their outstanding demonstration of fairplay. 

In the Bronze Medal match up the Camosun Chargers found their way on the podium for the second straight year. Camosun jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first set with a 25-17 win. Humber who was looking to capture the first OCAA Medal since Cambrian won Bronze in 2005. They looked to be in striking distance of this goal when they won the 2nd set 26-24. Coach of the Year Chris Dahl was able to adjust their game plan to cruise to a Bronze Medal win with 25-18 and 25-17 set wins to seal the deal. Hilary Graham continued her solid play today. She was named Player of the Game with 8 kills and 15 digs. Kelsey Kovar was Humber’s Player of the Game. 

Fans were treated to a special final match of the 2015 National Championships. In the Gold Medal Match Red Deer starting quickly winning their first opening set of the tournament 25-22. Garneau answered quickly taken the 2nd set 25-19. They looked to be in control winning a tight 3rd set 25-22. Down 2-1 Red Deer was determined to force a 5th set. The intensity and stress of the event showed down the stretch for both teams. Aces landing in seems, a 2nd ball dropped, and missed serves and hitting errors after 20 showed that even at the highest of levels no player is immune from the high stakes that pressure brings. Red Deer closed out the 4th set 26-24 after being down 23-22. Garneau had a slight advantage in the 5th leading at the side change. Once again no lead was safe in this match as Red Deer found a way to end the long rallies late. Red Deer College was favoured to win their 2nd straight Gold medal but no one predicated they would have to earn it hard way battling to a 15-13 win to earn the Gold.  Madelyn Quinn was Red Deer’s Player of the Game with 27 digs. Anne-Sophie Tanguay was Garneaus Player of the Game with 16 kills, 3 blocks, and 7 digs. Tanguay also earned 2nd Team All Star honours for the event. 

Leah Koot of the Red Deer College Queens was selected Most Valuable Player for the 2015 National Championship. 

Special thanks to Catherine Saucier and the event staff at Édouard-Montpetit. We really appreciated the stats and game sheets updates. Great job on the webcast as well! Overall it was a great event to cover.

2015 National Championship Award Winners

First All-Star Team

  • Humber College Hawks - Thalia Hanniman
  • Camosun College  Chargers - Erika Sheen
  • Cegep FX Garneau Élans - Myriam Adam 
  • Red Deer College Queens - Brownwyn Hawkes 
  • Cegep FX Garneau - Maud Chapleau
  • Red Deer College Queens - Alex Donaghy

Second All-Star Team

  • Vancouver Island University Mariners - Taylor Turnbull 
  • Grande Prairie College Wolves - Kaitlyn Cordingley 
  • Camosun College Chargers - Kathryn Fetting 
  • Humber College Hawks - Jolande Amoraal 
  • Cégep FX Garneau Élans - Anne-Sophie Tanguay 
  • Red Deer College Queens - Miranda Dawe 

 

 

Day 2 CCAA Women's Championship Recap

Day 2 CCAA Women's Championship Recap

The gold medal final is set after Day 2 of the CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals with defending champions Red Deer College Queens playing Elans de Garneau in the final. Red Deer looks to be the first repeat champions since UBCO won back to back titles in 2009 & 2010. Garneau will look for a spark in their home province. The last time the province of Quebec won a CCAA championship was in 2006. That ended a 22 year run from 1985-2006 where a FQSE school claimed gold. The Bronze medal is 2 wins away for all teams as Grande Prairie and VIU join the Bronze Medal bracket.   

The Humber Hawks regained their form on Day 2 with a convincing win over Mount Saint Vincent University. The Hawks won 3-0 25-11, 25-10, 25-14. Thalia Hanniman had another strong day being named player of the game wlead a stead defence for the Hawks with 16 digs. ACAA Player of the Year Meaghan MacDougall was named player of the game for the Mystics. Jaylene Fraser lead the team with 5 kills, 2 blocks, and 6 digs. 

Humber advances to play Grande Prairie in the Bronze Medal Semi Final at 10am. 

In the other Bronze Medal Quarter Final the Camosun Chargers defeated the host Édouard-Montpetit’s Lynx.  Édouard-Montpetit jumped to an early 2-0 lead 25-9 and 28-26. The Chargers didn’t pack it in after a tough second set loss. They won a barn burner 3rd set 37-35. They carried that play into the 4th and 5th winning the match 25-19 and 15-12. Players of the Game were setter Erika Sheen for the Chargers and libero Marilou Marchessault for the Lynx. Hilary Graham lead the Chargers with 16 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, and 7 digs. Maude Babin was impressive for the Lynx with 15 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, and 10 digs. 

MSVU will play the host Édouard-Montpetit’s Lynx in a 7-8 match up for final rankings. Camosun moves onto the Bronze Medal Semi’s versus VIU.

Elans de Garneau will play for Gold Saturday night after an impressive win over VIU. The Mariners won the first set 25-17. After that it was all Garneau taking the next 3 sets 25-16, 25-19, 25-21. Noeme Daigneault and Myriam Adam controlled the offence for Garneau with 13 kills and 10 kills respectfully.     Evy Carpentier had 18 digs in the victory. VIU’s normally high powered offence was slowed down with no player reaching over 10 kills in the match. Tylar Turnbull had a good match with 7 kills, 6 blocks, and 3 digs. It’s a quick turn around as VIU meets PACWEST Rival Camosun in the Bronze Medal Semi Final at 10am.  

Grande Prairie showed they were prepared for battle winning the first set 27-25. Unfortunately that was as close as they would come falling the next 3 sets 25-19, 25-23, 25-15. The game changer may have been when the Wolves lead 10-2 in the 3rd set only to let it slip away 25-23. Amy Norman was named Player of the Game for the Wolves with 13 kills, and 6 blocks. Leah Koot had an outstanding game for the Queens with 13 kills, 1 ace, and 12 digs. Alex Donaghy chipped in with 12 kills, 4 blocks, and 1 ace. 

Red Deer is definitely the team to beat this year. Elans de Garneau will need to continue to play lights out defence and serve tough to create a match up in their favour. Hopefully their fans show up to support them in their quest for a Gold Medal. 4 teams will have to earn the bronze medal as they are 2 wins away. It will be an exciting finish to the 2015 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championships. Catch the action online at our Championship Homepage.

CCAA: Camosun, Limoilou to Play for Gold

CCAA: Camosun, Limoilou to Play for Gold

Day Two

No. 5 St. Thomas Tommies vs. No. 7 Titans de Limoilou - Semifinal #1

Les Titans de Limoilou are the beasts of the east.

For the first time since 2010 when they won it all they are back in the CCAA men’s volleyball national final. In the first of two semifinals les Titans defeated the St. Thomas Tommies in four sets (21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17).

The Tommies, fresh off their historic quarterfinal win, came out swinging. They jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 25-21 first set win.

From that point on it was all Titans as they handed the ACAA champions their first loss of the season.

St. Thomas had no answer for the RSEQ champions as slowly dissected the Tommies’ defence. After dropping the first, they cruised to take the next three and book their ticket into tomorrow’s finale.

Fourth-year outside hitter Ivan Reka had a monster of a game for the Titans, racking two aces, seven digs and 13 kills, many of which came with an exclamation point.

It was setter Ludovic Baril, however, who received player of the game honours for les Titans, amassing a whopping 54 assists and chipping in four aces and five digs.

ACAA player of the year Jason Cannon was player of the game for the Tommies with 11 kills.

Les Titans advance to tomorrow’s 8 p.m. final where they will play the winner of the Camosun Chargers and the Red Deer Kings. The Tommies will play the St. Clair Saints in the bronze semifinal at 10 a.m.

No. 1 Camosun Chargers vs. No. 4 Red Deer Kings - Semifinal #2

The Red Deer Kings will not repeat as CCAA champions.

The second semifinal of Semifinal Friday saw the Camosun Chargers outlast the Red Deer Kings in the first five set thriller of the tournament (14-25, 25-22, 30-28, 13-25, 15-13).

No one led by more than two points in the fifth set and it was the Chargers who reached 15 first, despite missing four serves in the crucial set.

Cameron Fennama was electric for the Chargers, especially in the fifth set, totalling 23 kills in the match to earn him player of the game honours for Camosun.

The second and third sets went the distance for the Victoria squad, seeing point for point action the whole way. The third set went deep into extra points with the Chargers eventually coming out on top 30-28. Red Deer will shake their heads looking back at this set as they failed to convert on four set point opportunities.

Red Deer looked like they were going to run away with this one, rolling to a decisive 25-14 first set win. The Kings suffered a huge blow, however, as fifth-year veteran Tim Finnigan, who was player of the game yesterday, aggravated a leg injury and was unable to return.

Red Deer responded to Camosun’s second and third set wins with a statement 25-13 fourth set win to force a fifth and deciding set.

Fourth-year right-side Nic Dubinsky stepped up in Finnigan’s absence with 32 kills. He was Red Deer’s player of the game for his efforts.

It was a battle of stellar international setters with Melbourne, Australia native Luke Brisbane amassing 54 assists for Red Deer and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native Vitor De Lima Macedo amassing 54 of his own.

The Camosun Chargers advance to tomorrow’s 8 p.m. finale against les Titans de Limoilou.

The Red Deer Kings will have to turn their attention to bronze as they play the bronze semifinal against the Niagara Knights at 12 p.m.

No. 2 Augustana Vikings vs. No. 3 Niagara Knights - Bronze Quarterfinal #1

We thought they would meet under different circumstances.

It was another battle of conference champions as the Niagara Knights downed the Augustana Vikings in a tight four set battle (26-24, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20).

Both teams were penciled into Friday’s semifinal but instead they met in the bronze quarterfinal.

Player of the game for Niagara was outside hitter Jeff Scott who recorded 15 kills, three block assists and four digs. Middle Jordan Gardiner got the nod for Augustana with eight kills and 3 aces.

Niagara will move on to tomorrow’s bronze semifinal against the loser of the Camosun Chargers and the Red Deer Kings. That game will go at 12 p.m.

Augustana, still without star player Luke Ryan who injured his ankle in the warmups of yesterday’s quarterfinal will try to avoid last place when they face off against the hosting Holland Hurricanes at 2 p.m.

#5 St. Clair Saints Vs. #8 Holland Hurricanes - Bronze Quarterfinal #2

The Hurricanes aren’t going to go down without a fight.

The hosting Holland Hurricanes won their first set of the tournament but it was the St. Clair Saints who came away with a four-set victory (21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19).

They may not have won a match yet but the Holland Hurricanes are proving they belong. Backed by their home fans they are playing some of the strongest volleyball of their season.

First-year outside hitter Darcie Handrahan was instrumental in Holland’s first set win and was given play of the game honours for the Hurricanes. 

All-Canadian and OCAA player of the year Jason Hernandez was player of the game for the Saints. Hernandez will be looking to win a bronze medal in his fifth and final year.

The Saints will play the loser of tonight’s St. Thomas Tommies and les Titans de Limoilou semifinal tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The Hurricanes will close out their season tomorrow at 2 p.m. against the ACAC champion Augustana Vikings as they try to avoid last place.

*All times AST

CCAA: Day 1 Women's Championship Recap

CCAA: Day 1 Women's Championship Recap

It’s finally here, the 2015 CCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships have opened in Longueuil, Quebec. Day 1 started off strong, setting the table for an exciting Friday. The semi finals are set and every team still has a chance to medal. 

The CCAA offers a different format than our friends at the CIS. Losing a match at Nationals doesn’t mean you can’t play for a medal in the CCAA. Think of the Bronze Medal draw as a Double Elimination tournament. Every team that is knocked out from the Gold Medal side can regain their focus and come home with some hardware. Today will show which team can rebound and show some grit to earn a medal.  

The Vancouver Island University Mariners showed why winning the PACWEST Championships makes you battle tested for Nationals. They cruised to a Quarter Final win vs the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics 25-20, 25-19, and 25-23. VIU was lead by their All Canadian Tyler Turnbull who had 11 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs and 1 ace in the opener. Saint Vincent’s Rookie standout Madison Urquhart lead the way with 9 kills, 1 block, 11 digs, and 1 ace. Urquhart was the Mystics Player of the Game, while Mariners setter Claire Meloughlin took the honours for her team.

Expectations were high as two undefeated conference champions squared off on Thursday afternoon. The RSEQ Champion Elans de Garneau and OCAA Champion Humber Hawks treated fans to a 5 set nail bitter. Both teams have an impressive streak of 8 straight appearances at Nationals. This was a back and forth battle where no lead was safe in any set. Both teams played scrappy defence and served tough. Garneau won the opening set 25-23 after Humber lead at 20. The Hawks flipped the script to win the 2nd and 3rd sets 25-23, with Garneau owning the lead at the half way point. Garneau was able to gain control in the 4th set jumping out to a 6-1 lead. They kept that cushion most of the way closing it out at 25-21 to head to a fifth. It was Humber’s day as they were down at the side change and couldn’t make up that ground falling 15-8. Elans de Garneau’s Maud Chapleau showed why she earned All Canadian honours with 20 kills, 2 blocks, 18 digs, and 1 ace. Humber’s star Thalia Hanniman who earned All Canadian and OCAA Player of the Year honours lead the way for the Hawks with 23 kills, 2 blocks, 12 digs and 2 aces. Noemie Daigneault was named Player of the Game for Garneau with 9kills, 1 block, 18 digs and 3 aces. Hawks Libero Jolande Amoraal was named Player of the Game with 24 digs and credited with 1 fantastic libero kill.

VIU meets FX Garneau Élans in the semi final today at 6:00pm. Both teams are no stranger to this tournament, experience won’t create an advantage. Hopefully the Garneau super fans make the trip from Quebec City to create a home court feel.

MSVU plays Humber to open the day at 1:00pm in a quarter final on the bronze medal side. These two teams met at a pre-season tournament at Humber, where Humber started their undefeated run winning that event.

The upsets belonged to the Men’s Tournament on Day 1. We can’t credit a 4 vs 5 game as being an upset when really you are flipping a coin to say the PACWEST Silver Medalist should be ranked higher than the ACAC Silver Medalist. Credit to the ranking committee for making these two strong teams meet each other in the quarters. The Grande Prairie Wolves showed some grit and were the best team after 20 in their 3-1 victory over the Camosun College Chargers. The Wolves took the first two sets 25-22, 25-18. The Chargers fought back to win a tough 4th set 26-24. The 4th set would be much of the same as both teams battled hard with Grande Prairie closing it out 25-23. Both setters were named Player of the Game as Erika Sheen was the Chargers award winner and All Canadian Forrest Drezet earned Player of the Game for her team.

The Cégep Édouard-Montpetit Lynx came out of the gate flying versus the Red Deer College Queens winning the first set 25-13. Unfortunately for the Lynx they weren’t able to keep the pressure at that high level. The Queens showed why they are defending National Champions. Red Deer settled in to take the next 3 sets 25-19, 25-17, 25-17. Megan Schmidt was named Player of the Game for Red Deer. Adryanna Dorismond-Rodrigue was named Player of the Game for Édouard-Montpetit

 Photo: CCAA

Photo: CCAA

Hopefully the Édouard-Montpetit fans turn out in record numbers to support the Lynx versus the Camosun Chargers. Camosun knows how hard it is to earn a birth a Nationals out of the PACWEST Conference. They won’t waste an opportunity to play for a medal. That Bronze Medal Quarter is set for 3:00pm today.

Red Deer continues their quest for a back to back Championship tonight at 8:00pm. Standing in their way is conference rival Grande Prairie. This will be a great semi final. The Queens have defeated the Wolves in the last two ACAC Championships. Maybe all of the pieces are in place for Grande Prairie to finally pull off the upset on the biggest state of the season.

If you can’t make it to the event in person catch all of the action live streamed.  We've got the links over on our Championship Homepage.

CCAA: Defending Champs; Top Seed to Clash in Semis

CCAA: Defending Champs; Top Seed to Clash in Semis

No. 4 Red Deer Kings vs. No. 5 St. Clair Saints

They are the defending champions for a reason.

It was a snowy day outside in downtown Charlottetown but it was warm and cozy inside Holland College as the ACAC runner up Red Deer Kings (Red Deer, AB) defeated the OCAA runner up St. Clair Saints in four sets (25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-11).

The Kings looked dominant as they took a commanding two sets to none lead in the match. With their backs against the wall, the Saints came out firing in the third set to avoid the sweep but Red Deer responded in a big way in the fourth, proving why they are the reigning champions of CCAA men’s volleyball. 

It was a block party as not even All-Canadian Jason Hernandez seemed to be able to get a ball by the huge Red Deer block in the final points of the match.

The Kings come into the tournament led by CCAA player of the year, Luke Brisbane. The 6-foot-4, first-year setter from Melbourne, Australia led the Kings to a 21-3 regular season record and second place finish in the ACAC. He recorded 760 assists while also being named All-Canadian and ACAC Player of the Year. He recorded 33 assists tonight.

Fifth-year middle Peter Christian won player of the game honours for the Saints, notching seven kills and two aces. Fifth-year outside Tim Finnigan was recognized for the Kings for his 14 kill effort.

Red Deer is Alberta’s only remaining hope at CCAA gold after the ACAC champion Augustana Vikings lost early in the day. They will look to take the next step towards repeating as champions when they face the PacWest champion Camosun Chargers in the second of two semifinals tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

Ontario’s hopes at gold were extinguished as both St. Clair and Niagara failed to get out of their quarterfinal match-ups. The Saints will start their quest for bronze against the Holland Hurricanes tomorrow at 3 p.m. The OCAA has medaled each of the three previous years including gold medals by Humber and Nipissing in 2012 and 2013. Humber also won bronze in 2014.

No. 1 Camosun Chargers vs. No. 8 Holland Hurricanes

Sometimes you only get in because you’re hosting.

That seems to be the case for the Holland Hurricanes (Charlottetown, PEI) as they were defeated by the PacWest champion Camosun Chargers (Victoria, BC). Despite being dominated in the first two sets, the Hurricanes gave Camosun all they could handle in the third before falling in straight sets (25-10, 25-15, 25-22). 

The local faithful were out supporting the host team Thursday night but it wasn’t enough to stop the number one seeded Chargers who booked their ticket to semifinal Friday. The Hurricanes who had a 5-10 regular season record in the ACAA were never expected to beat this experienced Camosun squad.

First-year outside hitter Brett Butler was named player of the game for the Hurricanes in a losing effort with 10 kills and four digs. Fourth-year middle Alexander Sadowski was player of the game for the Chargers with 11 kills and six blocks.

Camosun moves on to face the defending champion Red Deer Kings in tomorrow’s semifinal at 8 p.m. in what is shaping up to potentially be the match of the tournament.

The Hurricanes drop to the consolation bracket and will face the St. Clair Saints in the bronze quarterfinal at 3 p.m.

CCAA: Upsets Kick-Off Tournament in Charlottetown

CCAA: Upsets Kick-Off Tournament in Charlottetown

#2 Augustana Vikings Vs. #7 Titans de Limoilou

It was a huge upset. At least as far as the rankings are concerned. 

The first match of the CCAA men’s volleyball championship saw the RSEQ champion Les Titans de Limoilou (Quebec, QC) defeat the ACAC champion Augustana Vikings (Camrose, AB) in straight sets (25-23, 25-18, 25-22).

Despite the Vikings having strong play at the start of every set, Limoilou was able to battle back each time to shock the Alberta champions.

Right-side hitter Chhavanith Ponn was named player of the game for the Titans, while setter Devin Varga was honoured for the Vikings.

Augustana was without arguably their best player Luke Ryan who was injured during warmups. Ryan was an ACAC North All-Conference player and was named most valuable player during the ACAC Championship. The Vikings no doubt missed his presence on the right side.

Les Titans de Limoilou will advance to tomorrow’s 6 p.m. semifinal where they were face the St. Thomas Tommies. The Vikings will play their bronze quarterfinal at 1 p.m. against the Niagara Knights.

#3 Niagara Knights Vs. #6 St. Thomas Tommies

History will be made.

The St. Thomas Tommies are the first team from the ACAA to ever reach the semifinal at the CCAA men’s volleyball championship.

The ACAA champion Tommies (Fredericton, NB) took down the OCAA champion Niagara Knights (Niagara on the Lake, ON) in four sets (20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-23).

It was the second upset in as many games in Charlottetown as the lower seeds continue to come out victorious.

Up 24-19 in the 4th set, St. Thomas was given a bit of a scare as the Knights roared all the way back to 24-23 before The Tommies could finally convert a match point and book their ticket to tomorrow’s semifinal.

The Tommies are carrying the pride of Atlantic Canada knowing that a team from the ACAA has never medalled at the CCAA’s men’s volleyball championship before. They almost overcame the quarterfinal hurdle in 2014, losing in five sets to the then OCAA champion Mohawk Mountaineers.

Rookie hitter Cole Jordan was named player of the game for the Knights off a 17 kill effort, while outside hitter Nicolas Levesque got the nod for the Tommies with 17 kills of his own. All-Canadian Marc Blinn was strong contributing 42 assists and 15 digs.

The Niagara Knights who lost the first set of every match en route to win their first ever OCAA title, went against tradition by winning the first set 25-20 this afternoon before St. Thomas took the next three. The Knights can point the finger at their 19 service errors and 27 attacking errors.

Niagara is relegated to the bronze quarterfinal tomorrow at 1 p.m. against the Augustana Vikings. St. Thomas will face Les Titans de Limoilou in the first of two semifinals tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.

*All times AST

CCAA: Marier Breaks OCAA All-Time Kill Record

CCAA: Marier Breaks OCAA All-Time Kill Record
 Keith Marier is in hi 4th year in the OCAA is now holds the all time kills and points record

Keith Marier is in hi 4th year in the OCAA is now holds the all time kills and points record

Editors note: Story was provided to Volleyball Source by fourth-year student althlete Ian MacAlpine who plays for the Algonquin Thunder

There’s a new name on top of two of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball records. That name is Keith Marier, outside hitter for La Cité Collégiale Coyotes.

Marier broke the records for most career kills with his 788th and most career points with his 930th in a 3-0 loss on the road to North Bay’s Canadore Panthers on January 12. It’s his fourth season in the OCAA.

“It feels good to have broken the record for kills and points,” said 21-year old Marier. “It’s a way for me to see that my hard work is paying off.”

Marier grew up in the club volleyball system playing for the Ottawa Mavericks where he won a provincial silver medal in his final year. He played his post-secondary rookie season with the Algonquin Thunder but failed to put up good numbers offensively. After transferring to La Cité to be closer to home, Marier seemed to find his offensive touch. In his first season with the Coyotes, Marier set the single season OCAA record for kills with 346 and points with 404.

“I just found that passion for the game,” said Marier, captain of the Coyotes. “I found a leadership role on my team as well as a more natural position for myself and I just went with it.”

It only took him one kill in 2014 to break the record after tying it back on December 4 of last year against his former Algonquin Thunder team.

“I think the reason I’ve had success with my volleyball career so far is due to my passion for the game, my work ethic, countless hours of practice and honestly a little bit of luck to go with it all,” said Marier.

The Coyotes have failed to qualify for the provincial championships each of the last two years but Marier has been named an East Division all-star in both those seasons. The Coyotes currently hold a 1-10 record but Marier is sitting third in league scoring with 4.8 points per set.

“Keith is a very versatile player,” said La Cité head coach Alain Cyr-Russo. “He brings leadership, talent and heart to the team. He doesn’t play for himself and wants the best for the team.”

Kyle Donnan of Loyalist College held the former records with 787 kills and 929 points. Donnan, however, played five seasons while Marier hasn’t even finished his fourth. With seven games still remaining in La Cité’s regular season schedule, Marier will have ample opportunity to pad his records.

 “We are very thankful and happy to have a player as talented as Keith,” said Cyr-Russo. “We are proud of him and he represents our school very well. Hopefully something like this will bring more talented players to La Cité.”

Marier is set to graduate from his Respiratory Therapy program this Spring and doesn’t plan on coming back to use his fifth and final year of eligibility.

“I think it’s time to let the program grow without me on the court,” said Marier.

While Marier is happy being the holder of four OCAA records, he says he’d trade them all away for a championship in a heartbeat.

 

CIS: Canada West Expansion

CIS: Canada West Expansion
 Photo: canadawest.org

Photo: canadawest.org

In 2014 Grant MacEwan University will join the Canada West conference in multiple sports, including volleyball. This will stretch the ever-growing conference from 9 teams in 2004 to 13.  For the past 25 years (if not longer) every other conference in Canada has envied the Canada West volleyball league.  For the first time since the 1993-94 season and only the fourth time since 1974-75, a team outside of the Canada West won the CIS championship.  This may be an indication of the improvement of the RSEQ and OUA or rather the regression of the Canada West.  The Canada West conference has shown a slow falling off in results may be stepping back, due in part to a dilution of a talent from a conference that would regularly take home multiple medals from nationals.

As was finalized by the Canada West and their Sports Committee, Volleyball in the Canada West will remain a single division sport with each team playing 24 games (12 home and 12 away).  There was discussion of splitting into two divisions but the geography of the teams in Volleyball likely brought the biggest problem for that schedule.  Dividing into two divisions would split the province of Alberta’s teams in half taking away historical or cross town rivalries. 

I cannot guess why the Canada West wants to continue to add teams and expanding, especially into cities that already have teams.  Bringing in both Grant MacEwan and Mount Royal not only stretches the talent pool further, but it is also removes the development opportunity for fringe athletes who need high quality programs to help them develop in the CCAA. 

 The 2012-2013 Canada West Men's Volleyball Champions: The Brandon Bobcats.  Photo: Uwe Welz, U of Alberta

The 2012-2013 Canada West Men's Volleyball Champions: The Brandon Bobcats.  Photo: Uwe Welz, U of Alberta

The problem lies in the fact that instead of teams being able to have a stockpile of strong players, they will have a strong core of 6 or 7 players.  This impacts the development of players as they are not training in environments with the highest level of competition.  To develop the strongest possible athletes, players need to be pushed and have competition every day in practice.  Although this will give fringe players a better chance of playing for CIS team earlier in their career, it may not give them the best chance to fully develop as they will be forced into starting roles opposed to learning from the bench or in college.   There are already a handful of teams who are carrying an excess of players, and some of the fringe players in these cases may be better served to spend some time at the CCAA level.  Instead, the fringe players are getting thrown into game situations at the highest level right out of high school without proper development, which stunts their chance for improvement while they are chasing the higher-level athletes instead of learning to become one of them.

I am not saying that the programs being added are not credible institutions, or lack good facilities and coaching, as they all have excellent resources; but perhaps adding the teams needs to come with some sort of performance expectation.  Possibly dividing the Canada West into a Division 1 and Division 2  where relegation and qualification is required every year (see: Canada West’s new basketball structure that has the long existing members in one pool and the new “weaker” teams playing in another http://tinyurl.com/n83bdug).  I would like to see the best possible competition in a sport that will continue to develop top athletes of the highest possible caliber.

The Volleyball Source Podcast: Episode 36

The CCAA is finished and there will be no more college or university volleyball until next year.  This week on the show we are joined by Nipissing men's volleyball head coach Eric Yung.  He stops by and talks about his squad's gold medal win over Red Deer this past weekend.  We also speak with Dennis Bokenfohr from Fraser Valley who stops in from his car and gives us the low down on his squad's gold medal win on the women's side of the CCAA tournament.  We start a video of the week segment and talk CEV Champions League and some Canadian beach volleyball news.

Hosts: Cameron Kerr & Everett Delorme

Guests: Eric Yung and Dennis Bokenfohr

Shownotes

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:20 CCAA Volleyball Recap
  • 7:30 CEV Champions League
  • 10:08 Beach Volleyball News
  • 17:28 Eric Yung Interview
  • 18:42 Everett was Right
  • 29:16 Dennis Bokenfohr Interview
  • 36:56 Video of the Week
  • 38:22 Volleyball Canada Auction
  • 41:21 Goodbyes

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CCAA: Lakers Capture Championship in Final Year

The Nipissing Lakers captured their first CCAA Men's Volleyball title in their last year before heading to the CIS Photo: Mike Pulliandre/Niagara College/ CCAAThere must be something in the water right now. For the first in Canadian history, both men’s champions are from the east. Nipissing University defeated Red Deer College 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-22) on Saturday night at Niagara College, for their first CCAA Championship.

It was a tournament of firsts.

The Lakers managed to do what Mount Royal and UBCO failed to do in the past two years, which is win the CCAA title in their last year before making the jump to the CIS. In 2011, we saw UBCO fall just short finishing second, while Mount Royal grabbed the bronze last year.

Then, for the first time in CCAA history, the representative from the OCAA has won for a second year in a row. To add to that, it was also the first time we saw an all-Ontario semi-final, with the Champion Lakers taking on the host Niagara Knights.

The SAIT Trojans took home the Bronze, after losing to their conference rival Red Deer in the semis, taking down a surprisingly mediocre team from Capilano University in the Bronze semi, then defeated the Blues Pac West brother, the VIU Mariners in the second-last match of the tournament.

Capilano came into the tournament ranked second after upsetting last year’s Silver medalist, Douglas College, on route to winning the Pac West conference. The Blues fell to host Niagara in a five-set thriller, then found their only win of the tournament against the RSEQ representative, the Griffons de l’Outaouais in another five-setter. For the first time since 2006, the podium lacks a team from BC.

Frankie Edgecomb added to his All-Canadian award as he was named the Tournament MVP. First team All-Stars went to Tyler Philipson and Adam Leblanc of the Gold medal Lakers, the Silver medalist are represented by first-year setter Same Brisbane. Darcee Froese from SAIT, Dan Caverly from Capilano, and Shayne Petrusma from Niagara rounded out the squad.

Second Team All-Star honours went to L’Outaouais Griffon Hugo Lachance Berthel, Victoria Island University Mariner Lee Hamilton, SAIT’s Scott Lesher, RDC Kings Tim Finnigan and Braden O’Toole, and finally Nipissing’s Andre Leblanc. The National Championship’s Fair Play award was rewarded to CÉGEP de l’Outaouais.

 

Final Standings:

 

GOLD- Nipissing University Lakers (OCAA)

SILVER- Red Deer College Kings (ACAC)

BRONZE- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans (ACAC)

Fourth- Vancouver Island University Mariners (Pac West)

Fifth/Sixth- Capilano University Blues (Pac West)

Fifth/Sixth- Niagara College Knights (OCAA)

Seventh- CÉGEP de l’Outaouais Griffons (ACAA)

Eighth- University of Kings College Blue Devils (RSEQ)

 

 

The Volleyball Source Podcast: Episode 35

This is our biggest episode yet!  The 2013 CIS Championship has finished and we speak with UBC Head Coach Doug Reimer about the 6-peat.  We also talk to Laval Head Coach Pascal Clément about bringing the Tantramar Trophy back east.  Lastly, we are also joined by Volleyball Canada President Hugh Wong who fills us in on World League locations and other national team news in the not too distant future.

Hosts: Cameron Kerr & Everett Delorme

Guests: Doug Reimer, Pascal Clément and Hugh Wong

Shownotes

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:50 CIS Volleyball
  • 2:10 Cam was Right
  • 2:33 Back to CIS Volleyball
  • 18:11 CCAA Championship Preview
  • 23:15 Doug Reimer Interview
  • 35:07 Pascal Clément Interview
  • 52:52 Hugh Wong Interview
  • 1:10:27 Goodbyes

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Phil Yeldon - OCAA & CCAA Men's Volleyball Player of the Year

Phil Yeldon was a key player in the Thunder's OCAA East Division Championship Photo: Cassie Dresch

Editors notes: Writer Ian MacAlpine is a second-year Journalism student at Algonquin College and was a OCAA Second Team All-Star

It’s not the title he hoped to be walking away with after the weekend but it’s still one he’s pretty proud of.

Though his Algonquin Thunder team didn’t win gold, Phil Yeldon was named Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadian and Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) men’s volleyball player of the year.

“Phil represents everything our program strives to be,” said Jeffrey Mooney, head coach of the Thunder. “He is a leader who is not only able to get the best out of himself but an ability to get the best from him teammates.”

The award marked the first time in Algonquin College history that the Thunder have had a men’s volleyball All-Canadian.

“It was an honor to be named player of the year and to be the first All-Canadian for the volleyball program at Algonquin,” said Yeldon. “A lot of credit goes to my coaches and teammates for helping me throughout the year.” 

Yeldon was also named an OCAA Eastern Division First-Team All-Star. 

“To have him receive this great honour helps anchor what our program stands for and the quality athletes we have had in the past, present and will continue to attract in the future,” said Mooney.

The fourth-year left-side attacker led the OCAA averaging 5.1 points per set. He totaled 374 points on 270 kills, 48 blocks and a league leading 56 aces while leading his team to a 17-3 record, good for first place in the Eastern Division.

“He brought consistent power and stability to our offence,” said Alex Oneid, captain of the Thunder. “He produced results no matter the pressure put on him.”

The Volleyball Source Podcast: Episode 31

This week on the show our guest is McMaster Men's Volleyball Head Coach Dave Preston.  We speak to him about his team's undefeated season, recruiting and his job with the Canadian Junior National Team.  We also talk CEV Champions League volleyball in the round of playoff 6.  We discuss the week's news in the CIS and CCAA to make sure everyone gets their university and college volleyball fix.

Hosts: Cameron Kerr & Everett Delorme

Guest: Dave Preston

Shownotes

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:43 CEV Champions League
  • 5:53 CIS Volleyball
  • 12:20 CCAA Volleyball
  • 15:07 Dave Preston Interview
  • 30:04 Goodbyes

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The Volleyball Source Podcast: Episode 28

This week on The Volleyball Source Podcast Cam and Everett talk about CEV Champions League playoffs round of 12.  We also do our weekly recap of the CIS and CCAA play on the men's and women's side of the game.  Canadian National Beach Volleyball team member Maverick Hatch stops by to talk about his new partnership for 2013.

Hosts: Cameron Kerr & Everett Delorme

Guest: Maverick Hatch

Shownotes

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:43 CEV Champions League
  • 6:06 CIS Volleyball
  • 12:34 CCAA Volleyball
  • 19:19 Maverick Hatch Interview
  • 25:08 Goodbyes

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The Volleyball Source Podcast: Episode 25

Hosts: Cameron Kerr & Everett Delorme

Guest: Jen Cross

This week on the Volleyball Soruce Podcast we wrap up CIS and CCAA coverage before the winter break.  We also discuss the results of the Canadian trials held this past weekend for the FIVB World Cup.  Lastly, we talk NCAA Women's volleyball with Jen Cross of Michigan.

Shownotes

0:00 Intro
1:02 Canadian FIVB World Cup Trials
6:22 CIS Volleyball
10:50 CCAA Volleyball
14:44 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament
17:58 Jen Cross Interview
25:28 Goodbyes

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CCAA Player Profile: Keith Marier

Photo courtesy of Mike Marier
It’s been a breakout year for La Cité Collégiale Coyotes leftside, Keith Marier. The first-year respitory therapy student has been turning heads all year long with some impressive numbers, and is now the proud owner of two OCAA Men’s Volleyball records.

The Ottawa native surpassed records for both kills and points in a single season, previously held by Kanitha Boranprasit, who set the record for points with 304 in 2001, and Jason Hernandez, who set the record for kills in 2011 with 257. What’s more impressive is that Marier did this with five games remaining in the season.

Marier broke both the records in a 3-1 loss (19-25, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25) at Durham on Saturday night. He overcame the records with 20 kills, and one stuff block to bring his totals to 277 and 305 for kills and points respectively.

He then added 25 kills and 27 points to bring his totals to 289 and 332 in another 3-1 loss (23-25, 37-35, 22-25, 25-27) against Loyalist on Sunday afternoon.

For most, Marier has appeared out of nowhere. His 5.1 points and 4.5 kills per set are both good for second in the OCAA, sitting behind the offensive powerhouse of Terrel Bramwell, who’s sitting at 5.7 and 7.0 for kills and points. He also sits sixth in the CCAA in kills. But those who him well, know otherwise.

CIS and CCAA Volleyball Championship Wrap Up

The past two weeks have been very busy.  First we had CIS Volleyball Championships followed by CCAA Volleyball Championships.  As our college and university coverage ends for the year, we put everything (news stories, podcasts, scoreboards, live streams and photos) together in one post for future reference.  Here is all our coverage of both championships:

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