UBC, Alberta and McGill Join Montreal in Women’s Volleyball Semis

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HAMILTON, Ont. (ISN) – The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds opened their title defence with a straight-set win (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) over the Queen’s Gaels in the second quarter-final of the CIS women’s volleyball championship at McMaster’s Burridge Gym, Friday afternoon. 

Championship web site: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball/index

Saturday’s semifinals will see second-seeded UBC – the reigning four-time national champion – take on third-ranked Montreal at 6 p.m. Eastern, and Alberta face No. 5 McGill at 8 p.m.

The Thunderbirds opened their title defence with a straight-set win (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) over the Queen’s Gaels in the second quarter-final of the CIS women’s volleyball championship at McMaster’s Burridge Gym, Friday afternoon.

The T-Birds, seeded second at the tournament after settling for Canada West silver last weekend, hope to capture a remarkable fifth straight CIS banner, and to add to their record collection of eight national titles in women’s volleyball.

Today’s victory was UBC’s 13th in a row at the CIS tourney since a loss to Laval in the 2006 final. The T-Birds have reached the title match in each of their six CIS championship appearances over the past seven years.

The top-seeded Alberta Pandas advanced to the semifinals of the CIS women’s volleyball championship for the third straight year thanks to a 25-19, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18 win over the tournament host McMaster Marauders in the last duel of opening day at Burridge Gymnasium, Friday night.

The Canada West champion Pandas hope to fare better tomorrow than in their last two Final Four appearances, which ended with losses to UBC a year ago (3-0) and to Manitoba in 2010 (3-1). Overall, Alberta has now reached the semifinals in its last five trips to the CIS tourney dating back to 2007.

The McGill Martlets reached the semifinals of the CIS women’s volleyball championship for the first time in program history on Friday evening thanks to a thrilling five-set win (26-24, 25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 15-13) over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in the third quarter-final of the national tournament held at McMaster University’s Burridge Gym.

The Martlets, seeded fifth prior to the tourney following a loss in the RSEQ final, had placed sixth in their only previous CIS championship appearance, in 1997. They will look to make more history Saturday at 8 p.m. when they face No. 1 Alberta.

On the consolation side of the draw, Trinity Western is set to face Queen’s at 1 p.m., while the host Marauders hope to rebound against Saint Mary’s at 3 p.m.

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