• Friday, March 15, 2019
  • 6:30 PM
  • Edmonton, Alberta - Saville Community Sport Centre
  • Box Score
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ALB kill leader: Kory White with 30

Host Pandas seeded seventh for U SPORTS Championship

No. 7 Pandas to play No. 2 Toronto Varsity Blues in quarter-final on Friday

By U SPORTS Communications on March 10, 2019

TORONTO (U SPORTS) – The Trinity Western Spartans have been named women’s volleyball tournament favourites in the lead-up to an action-packed weekend of #CHAMPSZN.

First serve of the 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Championship, hosted by the Alberta Pandas in Edmonton, flies on Friday at the Saville Community Sports Centre and concludes next Sunday with the championship final at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. All games will be live streamed at USPORTS.LIVE. 


Thursday, Mar. 14

Media Conference, 6:00 pm MST
All-Canadian Awards Gala, 7:00 pm MST

Friday, Mar. 15 (Quarterfinals)

No. 1 Trinity Western vs. No. 8 UBC, 1:00 pm MST
No. 4 Dalhousie vs. No. 5 Montreal, 2:30 pm MST
No. 2 Toronto vs. No. 7 Alberta, 6:30 pm MST
No. 3 Calgary vs. No. 6 Ryerson, 8:00 pm MST

Full championship schedule available here.

No. 1 Trinity Western Spartans

Playoff Finish: Canada West champions
Regular Season/playoff records: 19-5 / 5-0
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2015
Total U SPORTS Championships: 1

No. 2 Toronto Varsity Blues

Playoff Finish: OUA champions
Regular Season/playoff records: 14-5 / 3-0
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2016
Total U SPORTS Championships: 1

No. 3 Calgary Dinos

Playoff Finish: Canada West finalists
Regular Season/playoff records: 19-5 / 4-1
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2004
Total U SPORTS Championships: 4

No. 4 Dalhousie Tigers

Playoff Finish: AUS Champions
Regular Season/playoff records: 18-2 / 2-0
Last U SPORTS Championship: 1982
Total U SPORTS Championships: 1

No. 5 Montreal Carabins

Playoff Finish: RSEQ champions
Regular Season/playoff records: 13-7 / 4-2
Last U SPORTS Championship: Never

No. 6 Ryerson Rams

Playoff Finish: OUA finalists
Regular Season/playoff records: 17-2 / 2-1
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2018
Total U SPORTS Championships: 1

No. 7 Alberta Pandas

Playoff Finish: Canada West semifinalists / hosts
Regular Season/playoff records: 18-6 / 2-3
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2007
Total U SPORTS Championships: 7

Team leaders

Kills per set: Kory White, 4.45
Blocks per set: Vanessa Jarman, 0.96
Assists per set: Mariah Walsh, 10.50
Digs per set: Julia Zonneveld, 3.88

Led by a young core of all-star players, the Alberta Pandas continued their success at the Canada West level. Alberta finished conference play with an 18-6 record, third best in CW.

After a three-game series win over Thompson Rivers in the quarterfinal, the Pandas were bounced for a second-straight year in the CW semifinal.

Offensively, the Pandas are led by first team all-star Kory White, who finished second in the conference with 4.45 kills per set, and sophomore attacker Julia Zonneveld.

This will mark the sixth time the Pandas have hosted the U SPORTS Championship, with a fourth-place finish in 2010 being the most recent. They captured national titles in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 1999 in Edmonton.

They have also earned consecutive U SPORTS silver medals, while medalling in five of the past seven years.

No. 8 UBC Thunderbirds

Playoff Finish: Canada West semifinalists
Regular Season/playoff records: 15-9 / 2-2
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2017
Total U SPORTS Championships: 11