There’s a national championship banner for men’s volleyball heading to Victoria, B.C., for the first time in CCAA history in a match that had everything you’d want in a gold medal match. However, it was the headliner in a five-match final day in Charlottetown.
(5) St. Clair Saints vs. (6) St. Thomas Tommies
The first bronze semifinal had the Saints charge out of the gate from the opening serve, and the Ontario wild cards kept their foot on the gas throughout the match.
St. Thomas gradually improved over the course of the match, but it wasn’t enough to stop St. Clair from earning a straight-set victory, along with a shot at the bronze medal in its first CCAA championship appearance.
(3) Niagara Knights vs. (4) Red Deer Kings
Even after losing a heartbreaking five-set match about 14 hours earlier, Red Deer came out of the gate quickly, taking a tight first set against the Knights. However, Niagara settled down shortly after that, as its blocking got stronger and its attack started to find some consistency. The Knights eventually pulled away to take the match in four sets, sending Red Deer home without a medal for the first time since 2012.
(2) University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings vs. (8) Holland Hurricanes
The Alberta champions got off to a fast start against the tournament host Hurricanes, and they didn’t let up at any point. Holland College had its moments in front of the home crowd at the Centre for Community Engagement, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Vikings from taking the match in straight sets, leaving the tournament hosts in eighth.
(3) Niagara Knights vs. (5) St. Clair Saints
In a rematch of the OCAA final in Windsor two weeks ago, the Saints got off to a good start,holding a lead late in the opening set. However, the Knights fought back to take the set, then maintained control through the rest of the match to win it in straight sets, including a convincing 25-15 triumph in the third set. The bronze is Niagara’s first CCAA medal in men’s volleyball.
Camosun Chargers vs. (7) Titans de Limoilou
This match had just about everything you’d want in a national championship final. Limoilou had the first set in its grasp, only for Camosun to storm back and win the frame 25-21. The Titans took the next two sets, then got themselves into position to potentially win their 10th gold medal. However, the Chargers again got hot late in the fourth to force the fifth set, where Camosun found another gear to take out the Titans to win its first men’s volleyball national championship.
The Chargers’ title defence starts in October, and it will end at the 2016 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship, hosted by Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C.