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Feb 28, 2015

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SASKATOON (CIS) – With a dominant straight sets (25-19, 25-17, 25-15) performance over Canada West-rival the Trinity Western University Spartans Saturday night at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon, the University of Alberta Golden Bears were crowned CIS men’s volleyball champions for the second straight season.

It is the eighth time the Golden Bears have hoisted the Tantramar Trophy in history after 24 appearances at the national tournament. Alberta previously won the championship in 2014, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2002, 1997 and 1981. A Canada West team has claimed 20 of the last 21 Tantramar Trophies.

Trinity Western finishes with silver for the second time in six seasons. It was the fourth trip to the tournament’s final since 2010.

Alberta was dominant all weekend winning all three matches at the tournament in straight sets. The Golden Bears allowed their opponents to score 20 or more points just three times in the nine sets over the three days.

“I’m happy and just so proud of the way the guys put this weekend together,” said Alberta 22nd-year head coach Terry Danyluk. “Actually, the last two weekends in a row. Talking with our staff, I feel they took themselves to another level through playoffs and Canada West. To go 9-0 at this tournament is pretty amazing.”

As expected the Canada West rivals, who met in the conference championship final, matched each other point-for-point in the first set. Tied at 16, a Kevin Proudfoot service ace and a Ryan Nickifor successful attack gave Alberta a two-point lead. After a timeout, TWU scored the next point, but Alberta took the ball right back and went on a 6-2 run to win the set 25-19.

Alberta opened the second set with a 9-5 lead. Trinity Western was able to pull the set back within two points but took over with a Ryley Barnes kill scoring the next five points to sit at set point. The Spartans held off Alberta for one play with a Nicholas Del bianco attack that painted the line. But on the next play Taylor Arnett gave the Golden Bears the 25-17 with a kill from the middle.

Sensing a championship win, the Golden Bears didn’t hold back in the third set and quickly grew an 11-4 lead. The Spartans couldn’t recover and Alberta scored five straight points to close the match 25-15.

“I thought we got into a match, it was pretty tight in the first set and they made some really great plays to kind of separate the first set,” said Trinity Western head coach Ben Josephson. “Once they got rolling, you saw how great the Bears team could be. On a night like tonight, full credit to how great the Bears were. They earned that victory. I’m really proud of our guys for getting to this stage and sticking their nose in the fight. It just wasn’t enough tonight.”

CIS MVP Del bianco led the Spartans in the los with 12 kills, while Ryan Sclater added another five. Tyler Koslowsky, Adam Schriemer, Sclater and Blake Sheerhoorn each recorded three digs.

2014 CIS Tournament MVP Barnes led the Golden Bears with 11 kills, while Proudfoot and Nickifor added another 10 each. Barnes, Brett Walsh and Reed May each tallied six digs.

Notes: It was the second time the tournament has been hosted in Saskatoon. The first was in 1980 … The overall 2015 tournament attendance was 10,907 … Bears head coach Terry Danyluk has been part of all eight national titles: one as a player, six as head coach, and one while on leave to complete a graduate degree … the McMaster University Marauders will host the 2016 CIS men’s volleyball championship in Hamilton …


Trinity Western
Kills: Nicholas Del bianco (12)
Points: Nicholas Del bianco (14)
Blocks: Branden Schmidt (2)
Digs: Tyler Koslowsky, Adam Schriemer, Ryan Sclater, Blake Scheerhoorn (3)
Service aces: Nicholas Del bianco (2)

Player of the match: Daniel Grant

Kills: Ryley Barners (11), Kevin Proudfoot, Ryan Nickifor (10)
Points: Kevin Proudfoot, Ryley Barnes (13)
Blocks: Taylor Arnett (3)
Digs: Reed May, Ryley Barnes, Brett Walsh (6)
Service aces: Brett Walsh (2)

Player of the match: Brett Walsh


Tournament MVP: Brett Walsh, Alberta

R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Dan Ota, Dalhousie

Tournament All-Stars:

Taylor Arnett, Alberta
Bryan Duquette, Dalhousie
Matthew Busse, Saskatchewan
Danny Demyanenko, McMaster
Brett Walsh, Alberta
Nicholas Del bianco, Trinity Western
Ryley Barnes, Alberta


Thursday, February 26
13:00 Quarter-final #1: No. 2 Dalhousie 3, No. 7 York 2 (25-23, 25-19, 25-27, 16-25, 15-13)
15:00 Quarter-final #2: No. 3 Alberta 3, No. 6 Waterloo 0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-22)
18:00 Quarter-final #3: No. 5 Trinity Western 3, No. 4 Laval 0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-19)
20:00 Quarter-final #4: No. 1 McMaster 3, No. 8 Saskatchewan 0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-18)

Friday, February 27
13:00 Consolation #1: York 3, Waterloo 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 16-14)
15:00 Consolation #2: Saskatchewan 3, Laval 1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-14)
18:00 Semifinal #1: Alberta 3, Dalhousie 0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-19)
20:00 Semifinal #2: Trinity Western 3, McMaster 1 (28-26, 25-27, 25-17, 26-24)

Saturday, February 28
14:00 5th place: Saskatchewan 3, York 1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15)
16:00 Bronze medal: McMaster 3, Dalhousie 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-22)
19:00 Championship final: Alberta 3, Trinity Western 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-15)