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UBC become Canadian champions after 35 years as they beat Trinity Western in 2018 U SPORTS final

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source: gothunderbirds.ca; Photo: Michael P. Hall, ccaa.ca

The University of British Columbia won their fourth gold medal in the U SPORTS (national sport governing body of university sport in Canada) Men’s Volleyball Championship.

UBC-Thunderbirds

UBC-Thunderbirds

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds crushed two-time defending champions Trinity Western Spartans in the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball Championship final at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, to win the national title in Canada after 35 years.

In the gold medal match, UBC (Canada West bronze medalists, 23-6 overall) swept Trinity Western (Canada West champions, 27-2 overall) by a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 27-25).

On their way to the championship title, UBC scored a straight-set victory over New Brunswick Varsity Reds in the quarterfinal and a 3-1 semifinal victory over Alberta Golden Bears.

Middle blockers Fynn McCarthy and Jordan Deshane, and outside hitter Irvan Brar scored 12 points apiece for the Thunderbirds in the finals. The outside hitter Eric Loeppky topped Spartans with 13 points.

UBC setter Byron Keturakis was awarded Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Titans-de-Limoilou

Titans-de-Limoilou

As for the other recognized Canadian men’s volleyball collegiate competition, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Titans de Limoilou became the 2018 champions as they beat Fanshawe Falcons in the final by a 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19) to win the 11th gold medal in the volleyball programme history.

 

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