Photo credit Bob Frid
OTTAWA (CIS) – For the second straight season and thefourth time in five years, the reigning six-time national championUniversity of British Columbia Thunderbirds are pre-tournamentfavourites heading into the CIS women’s volleyballchampionship, presented by SGI CANADA.
The seeding was announced Sunday evening for the 2014 tourney,which runs from Friday to next Sunday at the University of Regina.All 11 matches from the eight-team competition will be webcast liveon www.CIS-SIC.tv, includingthe gold-medal final on March 2 at 6 p.m.
Rounding out the seeding behind Canada West champ UBC are theNo. 2 Manitoba Bisons (Canada West finalists), No. 3 TrinityWestern Spartans (Canada West bronze medallists), No. 4 Laval Rougeet Or (RSEQ champions), No. 5 McMaster Marauders (OUA champs), No.6 Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champs), No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUAfinalists) and No. 8 Regina Cougars (hosts).
Friday’s quarter-finals will see Trinity Western andDalhousie battle in the 1 p.m. opener, followed by Manitoba vs.Ottawa at 3 p.m., UBC vs. host Regina at 6 p.m., and Laval vs.McMaster at 8 p.m.
The Thunderbirds, who secured their No. 1 status with astraight-set win over Manitoba in Saturday’s Canada Westfinal, hope to enter the record books next weekend as the firstwomen’s volleyball program to claim seven straight nationaltitles. Should they accomplish the feat, they would equal thelongest streak in CIS history in a team sport, matchingVictoria’s seven consecutive banners in men’sbasketball from 1980 to 1986.
UBC already holds the all-time mark of 10 CIS women’svolleyball titles overall, three more than Winnipeg (1983-1988) andAlberta (1995-2000), the other teams to win six in a row.
In addition to the T-Birds, Manitoba (6), Laval (1) andDalhousie (1) hope to add to their trophy collection next Sunday,while Trinity Western, McMaster, Ottawa and Regina are stilllooking for their first crown.
NOTE: In individual sports, the longest CIS championship streaksin history are held by UBC in women’s swimming (11), UBC inmen’s swimming (10), Brock in men’s wrestling (10),Guelph in women’s cross country (9 and counting) and Guelphin men’s cross country (8 and counting)… A complete 2014championship preview will follow on Tuesday… The CISall-Canadians and major award winners will be announced Thursdayevening.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball/index
1. UBC Thunderbirds (CWUAA champions: 18-4 regular season / 2-0playoffs)
2. Manitoba Bisons (CWUAA finalists: 14-8 regular season / 3-1playoffs)
3. Trinity Western Spartans (CWUAA bronze medallists: 17-5 regularseason / 3-1 playoffs)
4. Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions: 13-6 regular season / 4-2playoffs)
5. McMaster Marauders (OUA champions: 13-6 regular season / 3-0playoffs)
6. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions: 12-4 regular season / 2-0playoffs)
7. Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA finalists: 14-5 regular season / 2-1playoffs)
8. Regina Cougars (Hosts: 12-10 regular season / 0-2 playoffs)
Thursday, February 27
18:45 All-Canadian Awards Reception (Casino Regina Show Lounge)
Friday, February 28
13:00 Quarter-final #1: No. 3 Trinity Western vs. No. 6 Dalhousie(www.CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Quarter-final #2: No. 2 Manitoba vs. No. 7 Ottawa (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Quarter-final #3: No. 1 UBC vs. No. 8 Regina (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
20:00 Quarter-final #4: No. 4 Laval vs. No. 5 McMaster (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, March 1
13:00 Consolation #1: Loser quarter-final #1 vs. Loserquarter-final #2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Consolation #2: Loser quarter-final #3 vs. Loserquarter-final #4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Semifinal #1: Winner quarter-final #1 vs. Winnerquarter-final #2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
20:00 Semifinal #2: Winner quarter-final #3 vs. Winnerquarter-final #4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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