Alberta to play Toronto in national quarter-final on Friday

    Golden Bears seeded 4th for 2020 U SPORTS Championship

    By Connor Hood on March 8, 2020

    TORONTO (U SPORTS) - The Trinity Western Spartans were named tournament favourites on Sunday, as the seeding and quarterfinal matchups were announced for the 2020 U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball Championship.
     
    Hosted for just the second time by the Manitoba and first since 1976, first serve on the tournament flies on Friday and the event concludes Sunday with the gold medal game at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. All games be played at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. 

    The Canada West finalist Alberta Golden Bears were seeded fourth, and will play the OUA Finalist Toronto Varsity Blues in the national quarter-final on Friday night. 

    QUARTER-FINAL SCHEDULE (FRIDAY, MARCH 13)

    QF#1: #2 Montreal vs #7 Laval, 12:30 p.m. 
    QF#2: #3 Queen's vs #6 McMaster, 2:30 p.m. 
    QF#3: #1 Trinity Western vs #8 Manitoba, 6:30 p.m.
    QF#4: #4 Alberta vs #5 Toronto, 8:30 p.m. 

    FULL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

    TEAM PROFILES

    Seed

    Team

    Playoff Finish

    Records

    Last/Total Titles

    Kills/Set

    Blocks/Set

    1

    Trinity Western

    CW Champions

    20-2 / 5-1

    2019/6

    12.64 / 2nd

    2.21 / 9th

    2

    Montreal RSEQ Champions

    15-1 / 4-0

    1970 / 1 13.16 / 1st 2.31 / 4th

    3

    Queen's

    OUA champions

    14-4 / 3-0

    Never 12.41 / 3rd 2.05 / 18th

    4

    Alberta

    CW Finalists

    18-4 / 4-2 2015 / 8 12.27 / 5th 2.57 / 1st

    5

    Toronto OUA Finalists 17-1 / 2-1

    Never

    11.39 / 10th 1.56 / 27th

    6

    McMaster OUA Bronze 15-2 / 2-1

    Never

    11.66 / 7th 2.25 / 8th

    7

    Laval RSEQ Finalists 11-5 / 2-3 2013 / 4 11.5 / 9th 2.07 / 16th

    8

    Manitoba

    Hosts

    8-14 / 0-0 2003 / 10 10.8 / 18th 2.28 / 6th

     

    No. 4 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS
    CW Finalists

    After losing to Trinity Western in the Canada West Final for the second time in three years, the Golden Bears head to Winnipeg looking to get revenge on the national stage.
     
    Alberta heads to the U SPORTS Championship for a 20th-straight year, looking for their first championship banner since winning back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.
     
    First year head coach Brock Davidiuk led the Bears to an 18-4 conference record, second best to the Spartans. The Golden Bears were also outstanding in the second half, winning all 12 regular season matches in 2020.
     
    The Bears will rely on CW first team all-stars Jackson Kennedy, who led the team with 3.24 kills per set, and setter Max Elgert, who finished fourth in Canada with 10.21 assists per set.