Busiest weekend of university calendar
The university sports calendar has more on the line this weekend than at any stage this season. Here’s our quick look at the games that matter most:
The UBC Thunderbirds and Trinity Western Spartans will take part in the CIS women’s volleyball championships at the University of Regina, Friday through Sunday. UBC is once again the favourite as it tries to win a record seventh straight national crown. The ’Birds open play Friday against the host Cougars in a 4 p.m. start. TWU, on the other side of the draw, opens the event with an 11 a.m. match against Dalhousie.
Trinity Western, in Calgary, trying to win its third CIS men’s national volleyball championship in four seasons, fell 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 27-25, 16-14) to Western in the quarterfinals Thursday and has been relegated to the consolation side of the draw.
The Canada West men’s basketball Final Four goes this week in Edmonton, and one of B.C.’s top two teams — Fraser Valley or Victoria — will play for the conference title Saturday and earn a berth to the nationals. That’s because the Cascades and Vikes will clash in a 3 p.m. Friday semifinal at the University of Alberta. Saskatchewan and host Alberta tip off at 7 p.m., with the winners meeting Saturday for the title. The top two finishers are guaranteed automatic berths to the nationals.
Canada West women’s basketball quarterfinals resume locally this weekend on two fronts. No. 5 Fraser Valley opened its best-of-three series against Calgary on Thursday at its Abbotsford campus. The series resumes Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m., if necessary). UBC hosts Saskatchewan in its best-of-three beginning Friday (7 p.m.), with games Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m., if necessary). Kamloops’ Thompson Rivers WolfPack opens a best-of-three series Friday at Alberta.
The UBC men’s hockey team opens its best-of-three conference semifinals Friday at Alberta. The series resumes Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.