The No. 1 ranked and top seeded UBC Okanagan men's volleyball team began play Thursday at the CCAA National Championship with a 3 set (25-16, 25-16, 25-17) victory over the No. 8 seeded Kings College Blue Devils the ACAA champion from Halifax. Mark Broome, a fourth year player from Kelowna was named player of the match in which he played a very consistent game for the Heat that included 12 kills and 1 service ace.
The Heat were able to control the tempo throughout the 3 sets as they kept things simple and basic. Coach Greg Poitras was able to play his entire roster throughout the match, making sure all of his players received some significant time on the court enabling the Heat to eliminate any jitters about competing at a national championships before moving on to a semi-final matchup. Third year Alecks Bergen, a middle blocker from Lake Country and Adam Schwarz a second year outside/setter out of Kelowna Secondary both had good swings on the ball throughout the match, each player putting down a handful of impressive points.
With the victory the Heat move on to the semi-final round and will face off against the Humber Hawks from Toronto. The Hawks came in as the fifth seed as the OCAA champion and in somewhat of an upset overturned the fourth seeded Red Deer College Kings, the wildcard representative from the ACAC. The Heat matched up with the Hawks twice last year at the national championship, defeating Humber twice, 3-2 in the opening round and 3-0 for the national bronze medal. The Semi-final match will take place at the Centre Multisport Roland-Dussault in Sherbrooke Friday March 11 at 3:00pm(PST). Should the Heat win they will meet the winner of the other semi-final for the national gold medal Saturday at 4:00pm(PST).
Full tournament Schedule:
1. University of British Columbia-Okanagan
2. Briercrest College
3. Cegep de Sherbrooke
4. Red Deer College
5. Humber College
6. Columbia Bible College
7. Cegep Limoilou
8. University of King's College
The CCAA All Canadian Awards Banquet will precede the competition, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9. The competition will begin the following day and run through Saturday, March 12.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday March 10
Game #1 12pm – UBCO vs UKC
Game # 2 2pm – Red Deer vs Humber
Game # 3 6pm – Sherbrooke vs Columbia Bible
Game # 4 8pm – Briercrest vs Limoilou
Friday March 11
Game # 5 12pm – UKC vs Red Deer
Game # 6 2pm – Losers of game 3 & 4
Game # 7 6pm – Heat vs Humber (semi-final)
Game # 8 8pm – Winners of game 3 & 4 (semi-final)
Saturday March 12
Game # 9 10am – Losers of game 7 & Winners of game 6
Game # 10 12pm – Losers of game 8 vs. Winners of game 5
Game # 11 2pm – Losers of game 5 & 6 (7th/8th place)
Game # 12 5pm – Winners of game 9 & 10 (Bronze Medal)
Game # 13 7pm – Winners of game 7 & 8 (Gold Medal)
The Closing Ceremony and Awards Presentation will take place immediately following the final match.