Three Canada West teams advance to semifinals at CIS men’s volleyball championships

KAMLOOPS, B.C.- It was a big night for Canada West teams at the CIS men’s volleyball championships as three squads from the conference advanced to the semifinals. The Alberta Golden Bears, Trinity Western University Spartans from Langley, B.C., and the University of Calgary Dinos won their quarterfinal matches Friday along with the number-one ranked Laval Rouge et Or from Quebec City.

Laval remained undefeated this season beating their provincial rivals the Université de Montréal Carabins 25-20, 25-20, 25-18. Laval defeated Montreal in the Quebec Conference final last week in two straight matches. They bettered their season record to 21-0.

Frederic Desbiens led the Laval attack with 13 kills and rookie Frederic Mondeau added 12. Justin Boudreault produced 41 assists and nine digs. For Montreal, Emmanual Andre-Morin registered a game high 16 kills while Vincent Dumais had 37 assists and Marc Langlois 15 digs.

The Rouge et Or’s semifinal opponent is TWU which defeated the Ontario champions Queen’s Gaels (Kingston, Ont.) 25-19, 25-23, 25-19.

Spartans coach Ben Josephson felt the match was closer than the score indicated. " One of the things we try to pride our selves on is if the opposition can execute with us, then we hope to win 25-23,’’ he said. ‘’I thought Queen's raised their level of play in the second and third sets. I don't think we changed our play, they got better."

The Spartans were led by Steven Marshall with15 kills while Ben Ball wound up with 36 assists and six digs. Queen's star player was Bryan Fautley with 11 kills while setter Daniel Rosenbaum had 33 assists.

In the other matches Friday, the fourth-ranked Calgary Dinos rallied from an 0-2 set deficit to defeat the number-two Atlantic Conference champions Dalhousie Tigers 21-25, 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 16-14. The Canada West Conference champions Alberta Golden Bears beat the host Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22.

The semifinals are on Saturday with Laval vs Trinity Western at 6 p.m. (local) and Alberta vs Calgary at 8 p.m. 

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