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: Weekend Recap - Week 5

CIS: Weekend Recap - Week 5
 Calgary was the first team to knock-off Trinity Western this year with a 3-2 win at home on November 16th  Photo: Calgary Dinos/ David Moll

Calgary was the first team to knock-off Trinity Western this year with a 3-2 win at home on November 16th  Photo: Calgary Dinos/ David Moll

OUA

By: Everett Delorme

There’s little argument made against McMaster being the favourite to win the OUA this year, and so far, they’ve given us even less reason to doubt that. The No. 2 team in the country has lost only two sets this season, both coming in a 3-2 win over Western, and efficiently taken down

Queens and RMC both made visits to Burridge Gym this weekend, and the results were predictable. Now we know that RMC is essentially a guaranteed ‘W’, but Queens and McMaster have been known to go at it. 

Unfortunately, this was not going to be one of them. The Marauders did what they’ve done to everyone else this year, and disposed of the Gaels in three sets, including a 25-12 second set in which Queens only managed 11 swings.

McMaster dominated in the middle, getting 20.5 total points from all three options. Tyson Alexander was the "least" efficient, hitting a .545, getting 6 kills and a block in the process. Danny Demyanenko hit a .833 and added 5 kills and an ace, while Alex Elliot was a perfect 5-for-5, and furthered the team with a block and an ace.

The Ryerson Rams were the Jekyll and Hyde team of the CIS this weekend. They opened it with a 3-2 loss to Windsor, a team who until this weekend was sitting in the cellar of the OUA. The bus ride to Windsor must have been a rough one, because Ryerson hit a -.079 in the 1st, and followed it up with an even .000 in the second. They woke up to push back in the 3rd and 4th, but Windsor managed to close it out for their second win of the season.

The Rams then followed that up with a gigantic win against Western, with another one that went the limit. This time around, Ryerson was the one hot out of the gate, taking the first two, then giving up the next two, only to take it 16-14 in the 5th.

In women’s action, the Toronto Varsity Blues were looking for a little revenge against the Rams on Sunday afternoon, after Ryerson took the first leg of the downtown rivalry 3-1 in the season opener.

The Varsity Blues, playing at home this time around, returned the favour. They dominated the first two sets, with Ryerson struggling to get anything going offensively. The Rams made it interesting by battling back for a 3rd set win, but Toronto wasn’t giving this one up, closing it out 25-20 to take the win and pull ahead of Ryerson in the OUA East standings.

Second-year Caleigh Cruickshank was impressive for the Varsity Blues, leading her team with 17 points, 12 kills and 5 aces, while rookie libero Kate Lonergan added to her digs total with 19.

The Varsity Blues do a great job re-capping their matches. Watch the highlights from this one.

Canada West

By: Pierre Rocque

The Canada West mens volleyball conference has been less than predictable this year.  Let us start with Friday where the Thompson Rivers WolfPack walked into the Go Center in Edmonton and swept the unsuspecting Golden Bears and followed it up on Saturday night winning the first two sets at which point the  former #1 and now #3 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears woke up taking the final three sets to salvage a weekend split with a team they started the day tied with.  While on the topic of upsets the #1 ranked Trinity Western Spartans went into the Jack Simpson gym and thumped the Dinos 3-0 on Friday night, but followed it up with a 5 set loss to the unranked University of Calgary squad who have won a majority of their matches in five set marathons.

Around the rest of the league, the UBC Thunderbirds split a weekend with the Winnipeg Wesmen allowing them to stay tied for third at 5-3 with the Bears and the Dinos.  Mount Royal swept the weekend at home against Regina giving them sole possession of second place at 6-2.  The Manitoba Bisons took two 5 setters off the #4 Brandon Bobcats causing a four team pile up at 4-4 tied for fifth place.  Saskatchewan keeps close to the pack at 3-5 with a weekend sweep of the UBCO Heat in Saskatoon.

In womens action UBC kept rolling along taking two off the Winnipeg Wesmen. With UBC still undefeated they faced one of their toughest tests yet this season having to pull out a five set victory on Saturday night.  On the back of a 22 kill performance by Lisa Barclay UBC stays perfect.  

Brandon lost their second match of the season by splitting with the Manitoba Bison in a battle of Manitoba.  The Regina swept Mount Royal in a battle of the Cougars on Friday night and the host Calgarians returned the favor with a four set victory on Saturday night against their provincial neighbor.  The other three matches had very little drama or surprises as Trinity Western took two off the Dinos only losing one set along the way, UBCO Heat went into Saskatoon to take two matches from the Huskies and the Pandas took three set victories against the winless TRU WolfPack in Edmonton.

CIS: Weekend Recap - Week 3

CIS: Weekend Recap - Week 3
 Photo: Gerry Marentette - golancers.ca

Photo: Gerry Marentette - golancers.ca

OUA

By: Everett Delorme

So far this year in the OUA, one team has surprised me. No, it’s not the 5-0 No. 4 York Lions who have dropped only one set thus far. It’s impressive, but York has consistently been among the top teams in the OUA, and last year dropped only one match, a 3-1 decision to Guelph on January 18th.

No, the team I’ve chosen to talk about this week is the Windsor Lancers. The Lancers have been the perennial doormats for the OUA for pretty much as long as anyone can remember. Their highest total for wins in the past five years was four in the 2010-2011 season, where they finished in second last in the OUA West.

Four, coincidently, is the number of games the Lancers have won in a row to take sole possession of 1st in the newly reinstated OUA West. They picked up a pair of wins this weekend against Western at home on Friday, then travelled to St Catherines on to take down Brock on Sunday, walking away from both contests with 3-1 wins.

Second-year Shannon Dean (Whitby, On) led the team on both occasions with 20 points on Friday including a blistering .464 hitting percentage, and continued with a cool 17.5 points on Sunday hitting .529 on the afternoon.

We don’t know what second-year coach Lucas Hodgson is doing down in Windsor, but whatever it is, so far it’s working.

The Western Mustangs cracked the Top Ten at No. 10 last week, and they followed it up with two solid wins this past weekend.

They opened the weekend with a win against Nipissing, a team still looking for their first win of the season, in a 3-0 effort on Saturday, and followed that up with a 3-1 win over York on Sunday.

In the match against York, Garrett May (Scarborough, On) had himself a game with a 23 point performance while hitting a .556. Teammate Phil James (Ottawa, On), was second in scoring with 17 points, 7 of those being blocks.

Canada West

By: Pierre Rocque

In what was built up to be one of the biggest matches across the CIS in men’s volleyball, Brandon came into the Golden Bears gym on Friday night and found out why the University of Alberta is ranked number one.  The University of Alberta was spot on with passing all night and executed on the offense at .400+ clip for the first two sets with the third set being closer on the scoreboard but the Bears were in the driver seat taking it home in the third. The second night was a little bit of a storyline but same result, and on the back of their three outside hitters hitting a combined .474 Ryley Barnes, Jay Olmstead and Sophomore Ryan Nickifor had 15, 15 and 16 kills respectively and a four set victory over the number four Bobcats.

In other men’s action Calgary and Thompson River split a weekend with a 5 set victory each.  UBC takes two from Manitoba, a sweep on Friday night and a five set battle on Saturday in Vancouver.  Winnipeg sweeps back to back nights in Winnipeg against the University of Regina.  In another meeting of two ranked teams Trinity Western go into Saskatoon and take two off the Huskies only dropping one set along the way.  Mount Royal visited Kelowna for the weekend and took a five set battle off of UBCO and followed it up by getting swept by the then winless Heat.

On the women’s side of the ball it was a case of Jekyll and Hyde for the Pandas as they faced Brandon University.  Night one saw a controlled performance by Alberta relying on strong serving, efficient attacking and strong defense, which lead to a three set sweep of the Bobcats.  This was reversed on Saturday as the Bobcats were in control with efficient an attack that did not see them hit below .230 in a set which led to their own three set sweep at the Saville Center in Edmonton. 

In other women’s action the Calgary Dinos swept back to back nights in Kamloops against Thompson River.  UBC handled Manitoba with a five set marathon on Friday night and a sweep on the Saturday night to remain perfect on the season.  Trinity Western brought themselves back to .500 on the year with two four set victories in Saskatoon against the Huskies.  Mount Royal’s trip to Kelowna was not the vacation in the Okanagan they were hoping for as they dropped two to the Heat only coming away with one set victory.  The University of Winnipeg hosted the Regina Cougars and were not very welcoming to their guests with a five set victory on Saturday and a three set sweep on Sunday afternoon.

The Volleyball Source Podcast: Episode 34

 

This week on The Volleyball Source Podcast we speak with Ottawa Gee-Gees Head Coach Lionel Woods.  We talk to him about his team's performance this last weekend at the OUA Championship and looking forward to the CIS Tournament.  The CIS Volleyball Championship is next weekend and we go through the brackets.

Hosts: Cameron Kerr & Everett Delorme

Guest: Lionel Woods

Shownotes

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:48 FIVB World League
  • 4:12 CIS Men's Volleyball
  • 10:02 CIS Women's Volleyball
  • 13:31 Lionel Woods Interview
  • 26:16 Goodbyes

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