UBC, Laval and Université de Montréal head to playoffs with perfect seasons

OTTAWA – The Université de Montréal, Université Laval and the University of British Columbia volleyball teams are heading to their respective conference playoff championships with perfect regular season records.

In the women’s volleyball Quebec conference, Montreal posted an amazing 20-0 record in the regular season and is currently preparing for the best-of-three Quebec conference championship final against Université Laval Rouge which defeated McGill in two games this past weekend.

Game one of the Montreal-Laval final is on Friday in Montreal, game two is Sunday in Quebec City and game three, if necessary, Friday February 26 in Montreal.

In the men’s Quebec conference, Laval went 18-0 in the regular season and now awaits the winner of the best-of-three Sherbrooke-Montreal semifinal series which starts Friday.

In the women’s Canada West conference, UBC earned a bye to the semifinals with its perfect 20-0 record.  The University of Manitoba took second spot at 15-5 followed by Trinity Western, Regina and Brandon all at 14-4 and Alberta and Calgary. 

Normally UBC would host the conference’s Final Four tournament in a couple of weeks but because of the Olympic Games, the next highest ranked qualifier will get home court advantage.

The top-seven teams advance to the playoffs.  In this weekend’s first round second ranked Manitoba hosts seventh-seed Calgary, Trinity Western faces Alberta and Regina and Brandon clash.  They play a best of three playoff with the winners advancing.

In the Canada West men’s volleyball circuit, the University of Alberta placed first with a 14-4 record and gets a by to the semifinals.  The University of Calgary followed at 13-5 with Brandon, Trinity Western, Winnipeg, Thompson Rivers and Manitoba grabbing the other playoff spots.

The women’s volleyball regular season also concluded in Ontario with McMaster posting the best record at 16-3 for first place in the strong West division. Western, Guelph and Waterloo grabbed the other three division playoff spots.  In the East Toronto placed first at 14-5 followed by Queen’s York and Ottawa.

The Ottawa-Toronto, Guelph-Western, York-Queen’s quarterfinals go Friday while Waterloo-McMaster clash on Saturday.

In the Atlantic conference, the women’s volleyball season regular season concluded this past weekend and the playoffs will wrap up this weekend with the championship tournament at St. Mary’s.

St Francis Xavier and St. Mary’s finished atop the conference at 11-7 and receive byes to Saturday’s semifinals.  Dalhousie-Acadia and Cape Breton-UNB  battle it out for the other two semi spots on Friday.  The championship final is on Sunday. 

The Ontario and Atlantic men’s regular seasons end this weekend.