LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Canada West champion Trinity Western men’s volleyball team was given the top seed for the U SPORTS championship tournament and will play Waterloo in the quarter-finals Friday at 1 p.m. (MT) at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.
TWU and Waterloo have never met in the U SPORTS championship. Earlier this year, in TWU’s preseason tour, the Spartans and Warriors played four sets, with TWU winning all four.
After winning the Canada West title, the Spartans comes into the national tournament in search of their fifth Tantramar Trophy and thier second in a row. The Spartans will be joined in Edmonton by the No.2 Manitoba Bisons (Canada West finalists), No.3 UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West bronze medalists), No.4 Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions), No.5 McMaster Marauders (OUA champions), No.6 UNB Varsity Reds (AUS Champions), No.7 Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West 4th place/hosts) and No.8 Waterloo Warriors (OUA finalists).
The other quarter-final matchups on Friday include Laval vs. McMaster at 2:30 p.m. (MT), Manitoba vs. host Alberta at 6:30 p.m. (MT), as well as UBC vs. UNB at 8 p.m., (MT).
The defending U SPORTS champion Spartans (21-3 regular season) earned No.1 status by knocking off Manitoba in a five-set thriller on the Bisons’ home court, earning the team’s second consecutive Canada West title and fourth overall. The two teams occupied the No.1 ranking in 12 of 16 coaches’ polls this season.
Team (playoff finish: regular season record / playoff record)
1. Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West champions: 21-3 / 4-0)
2. Manitoba Bisons (Canada West finalists: 21-3 / 1-1)
3. UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West bronze medalists: 16-8 / 3-1)
4. Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions: 15-2 / 2-1)
5. McMaster Marauders (OUA champions: 17-0 / 3-0)
6. UNB Varsity Reds (AUS Champions: 9-8 / 2-0)
7. Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West 4th place/hosts: 20-4/ 2-2)
8. Waterloo Warriors (OUA finalists: 9-8 / 2-1)
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times MT)
Friday, March 17
8:00 a.m. 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball All-Canadian Awards
1:00 p.m. Quarter-final #1: No.1 Trinity Western vs. No. 8 Waterloo (USPORTS.LIVE)
2:30 p.m. Quarter-final #2: No.4 Laval vs. No.5 McMaster (USPORTS.LIVE)
6:30 p.m. Quarter-final #3: No.2 Manitoba vs. No. 7 Alberta (USPORTS.LIVE)
8:00 p.m. Quarter-final #4: No.3 UBC vs No.6 UNB (USPORTS.LIVE)
Saturday, March 18
1:00 p.m. Consolation #1: Loser QF #1 vs. Loser QF #2 (USPORTS.LIVE)
2:30 p.m. Consolation #2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4 (USPORTS.LIVE)
6:30 p.m. Semifinal #1: Winner QF #1 vs. Winner QF #2 (USPORTS.LIVE)
8:00 p.m. Semifinal #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4 (USPORTS.LIVE)
Sunday, March 19
12:00 p.m. 5th place (USPORTS.LIVE)
3:00 p.m. Bronze medal (USPORTS.LIVE)
6:00 p.m. Championship final (USPORTS.LIVE)