Marauders kick-off CIS volleyball tourney as No. 3


vball_macpink-68The No. 3 McMaster Marauders will meet the No. 6 University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to open the Canadian Interuniversity Sport volleyball championship on Friday (March 1).

On the heels of winning the program’s fifth OUA title, and fourth in the last six years, the McMaster men’s team has been seeded third in the eight-team CIS tournament being played at Laval University this week.

McMaster’s game goes at 12:30 p.m., and all championship matches will be webcast live at www.CIS-SIC.tv

The CIS seedings are: 1. Brandon Bobcats (CWUAA champions: 13-9 regular season / 4-0 playoffs) 2. Trinity Western Spartans (CWUAA finalists: 16-6 regular season / 3-1 playoffs) 3. McMaster Marauders (OUA champions: 17-1 regular season / 2-0 playoffs) 4. Alberta Golden Bears (CWUAA bronze medallists: 20-2 regular season / 1-1 playoffs) 5. Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions: 17-0 regular season / 2-1 playoffs) 6. UNB Varsity Reds (AUS champions: 10-7 regular season / 2-0 playoffs) 7. Western Mustangs (OUA finalists: 13-5 regular season / 2-1 playoffs) 8. Montreal Carabins (RSEQ finalists: 6-11 regular season / 3-3 playoffs)

The schedule is: Wednesday, Feb. 27, All-Canadian Awards Banquet (Universel Hotel)

Friday, March 1

12:30 p.m., quarter-final 1: No. 6 UNB vs. No. 3 McMaster (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
2:30 p.m., quarter-final 2: No. 7 Western vs. No. 2 Trinity Western (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
6 p.m., quarter-final 3: No. 8 Montreal vs. No. 1 Brandon (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
8 p.m., quarter-final 4: No. 5 Laval vs. No. 4 Alberta (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Saturday, March 2

12:30 p.m., consolation 1: Loser QF #1 vs. Loser QF #2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
2.30 p.m., consolation 2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
6 p.m., semi-final 1: Winner QF #1 vs. Winner QF #2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
8 p.m., semi-final 2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Sunday, March 3

11 a.m., 5th place (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
1 p.m., bronze medal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
4:30 p.m., championship final (www.CIS-SIC.tv)