Laval, McMaster to meet in CIS men’s final

 QUEBEC CITY (March 2, 2013) – After upsetting fourth-seeded Alberta in the opening round, the tournament host Laval Rouge et Or were at it again on Saturday night and qualified for the title match of the CIS men's volleyball championship thanks to a thrilling five-set semifinal win (21-25, 26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 15-13) over the No. 1-ranked Brandon Bobcats.

In Sunday's national final at 4:30 pm ET, live on the web, Laval will face the No. 3 McMaster Marauders, who swept Western in three sets in the early semifinal. Brandon will face Western for bronze at 1 pm.

The Rouge et Or lost 3-1 to Trinity Western in last year's championship match.

“We are in the final tomorrow in Quebec City, and it feels amazing. I knew it would be difficult and I did not expect a soft game. I would have liked a more consistent play on our side”, said Laval head coach Pascal Clément.

The third-seeded McMaster Marauders came out victorious of the Battle of Ontario, winning the first semifinal matchup of the CIS men’s volleyball championship by a score of 25-23, 27-25, 25-21 over conference-rivals Western Mustangs Saturday evening in Quebec City.

For the Marauders, it will be their first-ever appearance in the national championship final, their best result being a fourth-place finish.

“Our fundamentals were very good today. Stephen Maar came in and did a very great job. We didn’t serve very in the first set. We got lucky with some defence. We started to pick up our serving in the second set and we served pretty well down the stretch,” said McMaster’s head coach Dave Preston.

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