McMaster Marauders

Marauders given national stage for volleyball in 2018

(Photo Alistair Boulby/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo Alistair Boulby/McMaster Athletics)

McMaster will have another opportunity to win the Tantramar Trophy on home court, as Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced the Marauders as hosts of the 2018 CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship.

The tournament, which will be McMaster’s fifth hosted at the Burridge Gym, was one of five CIS championships over the next two seasons to have hosts confirmed. McMaster’s silver medal at the Burridge Gym in 2016, while hosting the 50th anniversary of the event, was the Marauders best-ever result on home court, having previously hosted in 1979, 2006 and 2007.

“Following the success of the event at the Burridge Gym in its 50th season, and the confirmation of Hamilton as a volleyball hotbed, McMaster is honoured to serve as host of the 2018 CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Glen Grunwald.

“The strong foundation built in 2016 will be expanded upon, to provide an even better student-athlete experience for the best that CIS men’s volleyball has to offer. We look forward to working alongside our exemplary partners in the Hamilton volleyball community to present an event that our university, the City of Hamilton and Canadian Interuniversity Sport can be proud to call their own.”

Continuing to solidify their status as a regular contender at the national level, the Marauder men’s volleyball team won their fourth consecutive CIS medal in 2016, with two silver and two bronze over that span. McMaster has never won a national title in men’s volleyball.

Head coach Dave Preston relished the prospect of hosting the country’s best for the fourth time in his McMaster tenure offering his student-athletes a unique competitive challenge.

“We are very excited to provide an opportunity to our student athletes to represent their school and compete for a national championship on their home court,” said Preston. “We look forward to building on the community engagement and the increased exposure for our sport and our school that was achieved by hosting a remarkably successful event in 2016.”

Preston and the four-time defending OUA champions will have to play their way to a fifth consecutive appearance at the CIS Championship in 2017, as the national bronze medalists Alberta Golden Bears play host in Edmonton.

McMaster’s regular season gets underway at home on Oct. 28, when the Marauders are hosts to the Guelph Gryphons.

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