Top CCAA women volleyball teams ready for DC Adidas Cup

Durham College is set to host the top collegiate women’s volleyball teams in Canada, including the Mohawk Mountaineers, at the 3rd annual Adidas Cup taking place from Jan. 7-8.

The tournament will serve off the new year of Canadian Colleges Athletic Association women’s volleyball with play set to start on Friday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre at noon. Play will continue through Saturday with the championship final scheduled for 6 p.m.

This year’s tournament, which returns to the 12 team format, begins with round robin play (two straight sets) followed by the playoffs (best three of five).

The tournament is divided into two groups. Led by third-year head coach Shane Christopher, the Durham Lords are featured in pool B. They will be joined for the first time in Adidas Cup history by the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Georgian Grizzlies, St. Clair Saints, Canadore Panthers and Mohawk Mountaineers, all of which are Ontario College Athletic Association teams, are also in pool B.

The two-time defending Adidas Cup champion Humber Hawks are the early favourites to win pool A. The Hawks are 11-0 in OCAA conference action this season and are the top ranked team in Ontario. The Sheridan Bruins, Seneca Sting, Niagara Knights, Fleming Knights and Loyalist Lancers will be looking to knock off the defending champs in round robin play.

Over the past 11 years, the Lords made their only championship appearance in 2003-04, where they went on to defeat the Cambrian Golden Shield 2-1 to win the cup. Mohawk claimed the crown in 2008 and lost the championship game in 2006.

The Durham College Adidas Cup has become a highly regarded tournament in the volleyball community and is one of the biggest and most anticipated invitationals on the CCAA sports calendar.

The tournament will be a preview for the OCAA provincial championship scheduled to take place at Loyalist College from Feb. 24-26.