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.

 

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.”

Home Court Advantage: Seneca College

Home Court Advantage is a recurring series that focuses on the court, environment and playing conditions on men's and women's volleyball courts around the country.  In this, the first post of the series, we will be focusing on Seneca College's gymnasium.

The Seneca Sting volleyball home court

The men's and women's volleyball teams for Seneca College practice and play on the school's Newnham Campus, located in Northern Toronto near Finch Ave East and HWY 404.  While the school does have six campuses and four "community campuses", Newnham is the main campus and hosts the primary athletics facilities.

More after the jump.

CCAA Women's National Championship (Day Two)

 

UNB Saint John. Photo: UNB.caToday the CCAA completed the quarter-final round in both the men's and women's competitions. There were few surprises, as every one of the favourited teams went on to win. In fact, only one losing team managed to win a single set. That team was the Humber Hawks, who were eliminated on the first day of competition. It just goes to prove that having the CCAA Player of the Year doesn't guarantee your team a ranking at Nationals. We covered the full first day of results as it happened.

Friday will supply another full afternoon of CCAA volleyball action. Most eyes will be on the semi-finals, but the consolation bracket gets going as well. Remember, the games can be found streaming live (watch stream), and plenty of information is available at the Championship Website.  Also be sure to check out our tournament brackets.

Consolation Finals

Semi-Finals

As always, Kill on Two will be back with updates on the scores throughout the CCAA.

Got any predictions on the matches? Planning on being at the games? We'd love to hear from you, or see your pictures posted in the comments.

OUA and OCAA Volleyball Champions

Ontario university and college volleyball came to a close yesterday in four cities around the province.

  • OCAA Men's Volleyball
  • OCAA Women's Volleyball
  • OUA Men's Volleyball
    • McMaster Marauders defeat Western Mustangs 3-1. (OUA Article)
  • OUA Women's Volleyball
    • Western Mustangs defeat Guelph Gryphons 3-1. (OUA Article)

So the Humber Hawks men's team will head to CCAA nationals in Edmonton, Alberta.  The Hawks women's team will be off to Saint John for women's CCAA nationals.  In CIS, the Marauders will head to Langley, British Columbia for men's nationals and the Mustangs will be off to Montreal for women's CIS nationals.

LIVE: OCAA Men's Volleyball Championship - Redeemer vs. Humber

After coming into the post-season with a losing record, the Redeemer Royals have made a statement with their play. The Royals first unseated the heavily favourited Nipissing squad, followed by beating out Mohawk to earn their way to the OCAA Gold Medal Match. Their next accomplishment would be the most impressive yet, taking on an incredibly tough Humber College volleyball program. Both the women and men made it to the OCAA Finals for Humber, proving once again that their college program is second to none in Ontario. They'll have to take Redeemer seriously now that the Royals have proven their worth. The winner will go on to compete for the CCAA Championship, crowning the best college volleyball teams in all of Canada.

The Final will start at 5:00 pm EST, hosted at Seneca College in Toronto. Seneca has done an incredible job of providing media for the final 8 tournament. Both the gold medal, and the bronze medal (between Mohawk and Seneca at 3:00 pm EST) will be streamed from Seneca's own site, found here.

Not only have they provided streaming video, but they have a camera mounted into their ceiling, live announcers, and more staff they can throw to for quick interviews throughout the broadcast.

OCAA Championship Tournament Begins Thursday

It's been a full season of competition for Ontario colleges, and now it's time to crown a single champion for the men and women. The format of their finals looks more like a weekend tournament than a playoff bracket. Starting on Thursday, eight teams will remain in each category, and will play a quarter-final match up. The winners of Thursday's event will play the semi-finals on Friday, and the eventual gold medal match will be decided on Saturday, February 26th.

Full breakdown of which teams will play in direct competition, and information on both men and women, continue after the jump: