UBC and Alberta named national championship hosts

UBC and Alberta named national championship hosts

U SPORTS Communications

TORONTO – The UBC Thunderbirds (men’s Soccer), Ottawa Gee-Gees (women’s soccer), Laval Rouge et Or (men’s volleyball) and Alberta Pandas (women’s volleyball) were all awarded hosting rights to upcoming U SPORTS Championships on Thursday. 

The four teams will play to host U SPORTS soccer and volleyball championships during the 2018-19 season.

2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship

It will mark the sixth time UBC will welcome the nation’s best in U SPORTS men’s soccer, having last hosted the tournament in 2007. The Thunderbirds last won the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy in 2013, the team’s 13th title and second straight. 

“We are thrilled to be called upon to host the very best in U SPORTS men’s soccer in 2018,” said Thunderbirds senior athletics director Gilles Lépine. "The UBC Thunderbirds are a storied men’s soccer program and Metro Vancouver is a robust and diverse soccer community, so to hold the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship here presents an incredible opportunity. We look forward to welcoming the U SPORTS soccer nation in 2018.”

The tournaments runs Nov. 8-11, 2018.

The 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship will be hosted by Thompson Rivers University in November. 

Key Facts:

Host: UBC Thunderbirds

Venue: Thunderbird Stadium

Dates: Nov. 8-11, 2018

Years previously hosted: 1985, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2007

Championships: 1974, 1984-86, 1989-1992, 1994, 2005, 2007, 2012-13

2019 U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Championship

In U SPORTS women’s volleyball, the national championship heads to the University of Alberta in 2019, where it was staged for the fifth time in 2010. The Pandas last won the national tournament in 2007 for the team’s seventh title, and captured a silver medal at the 2017 tournament at Ryerson.

“Following the very successful 2017 U SPORTS FOG Men's Volleyball Championship, the University of Alberta is grateful to be given the opportunity to host the women's championship in 2019,” said Alberta athletic director Ian Reade. “Fans of U SPORTS women's volleyball will be treated to a fabulous event at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton. In addition, a top quality webcast will make the event available to fans, friends, and alumni of all the programs from around the world."

The tournaments runs Mar. 15-17, 2019.

The 2018 U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Championship will be hosted by Laval University next March. 

Key Facts:

Host: Alberta Pandas

Venue: Saville Community Sports Centre

Dates: Mar. 15-17, 2019

Years previously hosted: 1995, 1997-1999, 2010

Championships: 1995-2000, 2007