Queen’s eliminates Toronto in Ontario men’s volleyball quarterfinal

KINGSTON – Queen’s University punched in its ticket to next weekend’s conference Final Four men’s volleyball tournament eliminating the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 25-15, 25-14, 27-25 on Friday night in OUA Conference quarterfinal action.

The Gaels, vying for their third Ontario university title in five years, were led by Joren Zeeman with 15 points, one of four players on the team to score in double digits. Mitchell Woodside and Adam Palmer had eight points each for Toronto.

The two other Ontario quarterfinals are on Saturday.  Guelph visits Windsor at 2 p.m. (local time) and Waterloo is at Western at 4 p.m. in London. McMaster has a bye to the Final Four as the top regular season team.

In the Canada West conference, two of the three quarterfinal series are over as the Calgary Dinos and Winnipeg Wesmen advanced to next week’s conference’s Final Four by completing 2-0 match sweeps.

In Calgary, the Dinos beat the Manitoba Bisons 25-14, 30-28, 25-15 for their first postseason series victory since 2002. Graham Vigrass led the Calgary attack with 15 kills while four other players registered 14 kills. 

In Langley, B.C., the Wesmen defeated the Trinity Western University Spartans 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 to win the series 2-0. 

In the other quarterfinal, the Brandon Bobcats took a 1-0 series lead defeating the Thompson River University (Kamloops, B.C.), Wolfpack 25-17, 25-22, 11-25, 25-22. Game two is tonight in Brandon at 7 p.m. and game three if necessary at 2 p.m., in Brandon.

In Halifax, the Dalhousie Tigers, ranked second in the country, beat the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 to open the best-of-three Atlantic conference championship series.

Conference MVP Sander Ratsep led the Tigers with 11 kills while Devon Parkinson added nine. Ryley Boldon paced UNB with nine kills.

"I thought that we struggled at times tonight but I think that for the most part we played pretty well in most parts of our game," Dalhousie coach Dan Ota said.

The Quebec conference best-of-three final between Montreal and Laval gets underway Sunday in Quebec City.