Gold medal final: CIS women’s volleyball championship UBC four-peats, sets all-time record with 8th national title

QUEBEC CITY (CIS) – The top-seeded University of British Columbia Thunderbirds became the most decorated team in CIS women’s volleyball history thanks to a dominating, straight-set gold medal win over the tournament host and No. 3 Laval Rouge et Or, Sunday afternoon, at PEPS Stadium.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball

It marked the eighth national title for the T-Birds since the inaugural CIS championship in 1970, one more than Alberta and Winnipeg. UBC had previously been crowned in 2010 in Edmonton, 2008 and 2007 in Fredericton, 1978 in Moncton, 1977 in Waterloo, 1974 at home in Vancouver, and 1973 in Wolfville, N.S.

UBC’s four-year championship run is the third longest in history, trailing only the six consecutive banners won by Alberta (1995-2000) and Winnipeg (1983-1988).

Playing in the final match of her stellar university career, Canadian national team member Jen Hinze was named game MVP for the winning side.

The Rouge et Or, who improve from a bronze medal finish in 2010, saw their season end in straight sets against UBC for the third consecutive year, following 3-0 semifinal losses to the T-Birds in both 2010 and 2009. The Quebec champions were playing in their first national final since 2007, when they lost 3-1 to Alberta. They captured their lone CIS title in 2006 with a four-set victory over UBC.

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

NOTE: Live webcast of all matches at http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball

Friday, March 4

Quarter-final #1: UBC 3, Sherbrooke 1 (25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-12)
Quarter-final #2: Alberta 3, Montreal 1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22)
Quarter-final #3: Trinity Western 3, Western Ontario 2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8)
Quarter-final #4: Laval 3, UNB 1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17)

Saturday, March 5

Consolation #1: Montreal 3, Sherbrooke 0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-17)
Consolation #2: Western Ontario 3, UNB 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22)
Semifinal #1: UBC 3, Alberta 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-22)
Semifinal #2: Laval 3, Trinity Western 1 (27-25, 19-25, 28-26, 25-19)

Sunday, March 6

5th place: Montreal 3, Western Ontario 1 (25-22, 25-14, 22-25, 28-26)
Bronze medal: Trinity Western 3, Alberta 1 (25-14, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20)
Championship final: UBC 3, Laval 0 (25-16, 25-18, third-set score to come)

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-one universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca.

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Michel Bélanger
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Stéphane Jobin / Jérôme Pelletier
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stephane.jobin@sas.ulaval.ca

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