Some unfortunate news for the York University Lions Women's Volleyball program. The CIS ruled on an OUA sanctioned forfeit of the squad's last match, an OUA quarter final game against RMC. The OUA had ruled the match a forfeit because The Lions had played transfer player Michelle Pierce. Pierce was a transfer player from The Windsor Lancers and as a transfer player, had to sit out a full year. Pierce did sit out the full year, that is not the violation being questioned. The violation committed is that every player that plays in a playoff match has to have played in or at least dressed for at least one regular season game. Because Pierce had to sit out a full year, she missed dressing for a regular season game by - two days.
York led the OUA for the entire season finishing with a record of 16-2 and they did this without the game play of Michelle Pierce. Both the transfer and the playoff roster rules seem fair. Rules like this are common in sports at both the professional and collegiate level. These rules are designed to help maintain balance and fairness when one player leaves one team to play for another. But there is something about this story that seems unfair.
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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.
Saturday February 12, 2011
Queen’s University Athletics and Recreation Centre
Queen’s Gaels vs. McMaster Marauders
On the last weekend of the OUA regular season, two of the top-ranked women’s teams competed head to head. The Queen’s Gaels and the McMaster Marauders match-up on Saturday afternoon would play a role in deciding the final rankings at the top of both the OUA East and West conferences. Though McMaster came in as the number one team, Queen’s threw a barrage of home court advantages including cheerleaders, two different bands, and a Celtic dance crew.
Being the first game of the afternoon, the energy started off low for both squads. Queen’s 12 Natalie Gray provided the first real kill to start the points rolling for the Gaels. However, points off blocks and minor errors dictated the majority of the early first set. It wasn’t until the Marauders were up 14-11 that an intense rally broke out. Finally both teams began digging and the tone was set for the match to continue as the competitive match everybody expected. Queen’s 13 Katie Matthews, hitting a fluid step attack from the offside, eventually won the rally.