By Stephanie Taylor
This year, the 2013 Ironwood Wealth Management Group CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championships are taking place at Niagara College, in Welland, Ontario.
A shot at the title will be fought by eight teams from across the country.
The Capilano Blues gave B.C.’s top team, the Douglas Royals, an upsetting loss in five close sets on their way to winning the PACWEST Championship, defeating the VIU Mariners 3-1 for the gold medal.
Alberta’s Red Deer Kings are looking for their third consecutive CCAA national title. SAIT, the ACAC silver medalists, will join them for the tournament.
This past weekend, the Nipissing Lakers earned their first OCAA provincial title. The host team, the Niagara Knights, placed fourth overall in Ontario.
The Griffons de l’Outaouais earned gold in Quebec’s RSEQ conference. This is their second consecutive year in the CCAA national tournament.
The UKC Blue Devils concluded the ACAA regular season with not only a gold medal, but the best record in the conference.
Squads are seeded below in order:
|1||Red Deer Kings||ACAC champion||Red Deer, Alta.|
|2||Capilano Blues||PACWEST champion||North Vancouver, B.C.|
|3||Nipissing Lakers||OCAA champion||North Bay, Ont.|
|4||SAIT Trojans||ACAC silver medallist||Calgary, Alta.|
|5||VIU Mariners||PACWEST silver medallist||Nanaimo, B.C.|
|6||Griffons de l’Outaouais||RSEQ champion||Gatineau, Que.|
|7||Niagara Knights||CCAA Host||Welland, Ont.|
|8||UKC Blue Devils||ACAA champion||Halifax, N.S.|
The CCAA Championship Awards Banquet will take place Wednesday, March 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The competition will begin Thursday March 7 at 1:00 p.m. and runs through Saturday March 9.