The University of Winnipeg Wesmen is pleased to announce the release of the 2017-18 Canada West Conference Men's and Women's regular season volleyball schedules for the upcoming season starting in October.
The Wesmen men's and women's volleyball teams led by longtime head coaches Larry McKay (men) and Diane Scott (women) will begin regular season play on the road against the Mount Royal Cougars the weekend of October 20-21. The Wesmen will hit the court for their home openers against the Regina Cougars the following weekend, October 27-28. After a trip to Saskatoon to visit the Huskies, November 3-4, Winnipeg will play five consecutive matches on home court to close out the month of November. Winnipeg will complete their first half schedules in Brandon against the Bobcats on December 1st.
Following the December break, the Wesmen will begin second half play on the road facing the Trinity Western University Spartans on January 5-6. After a weekend home series against the UBC Thunderbirds on January 12-13, Winnipeg will play host to their cross town rivals, Manitoba Bisons in the volleyball portion of the 27th Annual Duckworth Challenge on Thursday, January 18th. Winnipeg will wrap up regular season action playing five of their final seven matches on the road, including the regular season finale the weekend of Feb 16-17 against MacEwan in Edmonton.
This season marks a significant change to the CW volleyball scene, as the number of playoff teams will rise from seven to eight, with best-of-three quarter-finals and semifinals then leading to a single-game championship. The conference eliminated the CW Final Four tournament in favour of a one-game championship hosted by the highest remaining seed through a vote of the membership earlier this year.
The changes replace the existing four-team championship tournaments, which had been in place since 2002-03.
The season all leads to the U SPORTS national tournaments, which are slated for March 15-18. McMaster hosts the men's event in Hamilton, Ont., while Université Laval in Quebec City, Que. Hosts the women's tourney.
Winnipeg Wesmen Regular Season Volleyball Schedules (Women/Men)
Fri- Sat Oct 20-21 – at Mount Royal
Fri – Sat Oct 27-28 – vs Regina (Home Openers)
Fri – Sat Nov 3 – 4 – at Saskatchewan
Fri – Sat Nov 10 -11 – vs Calgary
Fri – Sat Nov 17-18 – vs Thompson Rivers
Tue Nov 28 – vs Brandon
Fri Dec 1 – at Brandon
Fri – Sat Jan 5 – 6 – at Trinity Western
Fri – Sat Jan 12-13 – vs UBC
Thu. Jan 18 – vs Manitoba (28th Annual Duckworth Challenge)
Sat. Jan 20 – at Manitoba
Fri – Sat Feb 2-3 – at UBC Okanagan
Fri – Sat Feb 9-10 – vs Alberta
Fri – Sat Feb 16-17 – at MacEwan