MVB: Bobcats rewarded with all-star nods

MVB: Bobcats rewarded with all-star nods

No. 1-ranked Brandon lands four honours ahead of semis

EDMONTON – With the Canada West men’s volleyball semifinals set for this weekend, the conference unveiled the 2018-19 all-star and all-rookie teams Tuesday. 

The Brandon Bobcats, who topped the conference standings during the regular season with a 20-2 record, led the charge with four players honoured by the conference’s 12 men’s volleyball coaches, who selected the teams.

Highlights:

  • The No. 1 Brandon Bobcats led the way Tuesday, as the Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams were announced
  • Brandon, along the the Mount Royal Cougars, Trinity Western Spartans, and Thompson Rivers WolfPack will compete in the CW semis beginning Thursday
  • Canada West's men's volleyball major awards will be announced Tuesday, March 5

Outside hitter Elliott Viles and setter Reece Dixon were named to the first team, while outside hitter Seth Friesen was a second team all-star, and outside hitter Robin Baghdady was an all-rookie.

The Bobcats, who host the Mount Royal Cougars this weekend, are riding an 18-game winning streak after winning their final 16 regular season games, which they followed up with a quarter-final sweep of the Calgary Dinos last weekend.

Along with Brandon and MRU, the Trinity Western Spartans and Thompson Rivers WolfPack are in action this weekend in the other conference semifinal.

A total of 11 all-stars or all-rookies will take to the court for the best-of-three series, which open Thursday night in Brandon, Man. and Langley, B.C.

The winners of this weekend’s semifinals advance to next weekend’s CW Championship Game, and earn automatic berths to the U SPORTS national tournament March 14-17 at Université Laval.

The conference’s major award winners will be unveiled Tuesday, March 5. 

You can watch every CW men’s volleyball playoff game by tuning into Canada West TV.

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

POSITION / NAME / UNIVERSITY / YEAR / HOMETOWN

  • S / Reece Dixon / Brandon / 4 / Sherwood Park, Alta.
  • OH / Tim Dobbert / Thompson Rivers / 5 / Aichelberg, Germany
  • OH / Jacob Kern / Trinity Western / 4 / Edmonton, Alta.
  • OH / Eric Loeppky / Trinity Western / 3 / Steinbach, Man.
  • OH / Alex McMullin / Alberta / 5 / Brisbane, Australia
  • OH / Tyler Schmidt / Mount Royal / 5 / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Elliott Viles / Brandon / 3 / Adelaide, Australia

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

POSITION / NAME / UNIVERSITY / YEAR / HOMETOWN

  • S / Blain Cranston / Calgary / 5 / Fort St. John, B.C.
  • OH / Michael Dowhaniuk / UBC / 1 / White Rock, B.C.
  • OH / Colin Fraser / Saskatchewan / 5 / Saskatoon, Sask.
  • OH / Seth Friesen / Brandon / 4 / Brandon, Man.
  • S / Tanner Greves / Mount Royal / 5 / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Dylan Mortensen / Saskatchewan / 2 / Swift Current, Sask.
  • OH / Taryq Sani / Alberta / 3 / Ajax, Ont.

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

POSITION / NAME / UNIVERSITY / HOMETOWN

  • OH / Robin Baghdady / Brandon / Geneva, Switzerland
  • OH / Michael Dowhaniuk / UBC / White Rock, B.C.
  • OH / Braedon Friesen / Alberta / Swift Current, Sask.
  • OH / Brodie Hofer / Trinity Western / Langley, B.C.
  • M / Luis Lange / Mount Royal / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Matthew Neaves / UBC / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Cam Vanderveen / UBCO / Chilliwack, B.C.
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Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

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