Volleyball’s best will descend on York

The York University Lions men’s volleyball team will host the 27th annual Killer Instinct Excalibur Volleyball Classic on Jan. 6-8, 2006, at the Tait McKenzie Centre. The eight-team tournament includes three top-10 teams from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

The University of Manitoba Bisons enter the three-day event ranked fourth in the country with a 5-5 regular season record in the Canada West conference (CWUAA). The Ryerson University Rams are in first place in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) with a 9-1 record and are ranked eighth in Canada. The Rams captured 2005’s Killer Instinct Excalibur Classic with a 3-1 win over the host Lions and won the 2004 title with a 3-2 victory over the University of Toronto. The Université Laval Rouge et Or are ranked tenth in the CIS and lead the Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) with an 8-3 record.

The Lions, defending OUA champions, open the tournament against the Queen’s University Golden Gaels. York is in sixth spot in the OUA with a 5-5 record, while Queen’s is tied for second with a record of 8-2.

The University of Western Ontario Mustangs, the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or and the Brandon University Bobcats will also compete for the tournament title. The Mustangs are in fifth spot in the OUA with a 7-3 record, while the Vert et Or are third place in QSSF with a record of 7-3. Brandon, which is its inaugural season, is in fourth place in Canada West’s Great Plains Division with a record of 3-7.

The tournament begins at 1pm on Friday, Jan. 6, and runs through to Sunday, Jan. 8, with the championship final set for 3pm. Tournament passes can be purchased on site.

Tournament Passes

  • Adult Day Pass $10
  • Student Day Pass $5
  • Adult Tournament Pass $25
  • Student Tournament Pass $10

Tournament Schedule



Pool A

Pool B


Manitoba Bisons

Brandon Bobcats      


Queen’s Golden Gaels

Laval Rouge et Or


Sherbrooke Verte et Or

Ryerson Rams                        


York Lions

Western Ontario Mustangs





Friday, Jan. 6, 2006

Tait Gym

Field House East


Ryerson vs Brandon

Western vs Laval                 


York vs Queen’s

Manitoba vs Sherbrooke


Ryerson vs Laval

Western vs Brandon


York vs Manitoba

Queen’s vs Sherbrooke




Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006




Western vs Ryerson

Brandon vs Laval                    


York vs Sherbrooke

Queen’s vs Manitoba





Consolation Semifinal

Consolation Semifinal


Championship semifinal



Championship Semifinal





Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006




Consolation Final

7th & 8th Place


Bronze Medal Match



Championship Final


This article was submitted to YFile by Jim McLarty, sport and recreation information officer in York’s School of Kinesiology & Health Science.