Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Laval, Manitoba, Queen's and Trinity Advance in CIS Men's Volleyball: Laval Defeats Calgary at CIS Men's Volleyball

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Laval, Manitoba, Queen's and Trinity Advance in CIS Men's Volleyball: Laval Defeats Calgary at CIS Men's Volleyball

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KINGSTON, Ont. - Karl De Grandpre had 22 kills on 48 attacks as the No. 3 Laval Rouge et Or defeated No. 6 Calgary Dinos in four sets on Friday in quarter-final action at the CIS men's volleyball championship.

The Rouge et Or won 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-15 to advance to Saturday's first semifinal where they will take on the No. 2 Manitoba Bison, who downed No. 7 Western in a five-set match.

In other semifinal will be top-seeded Trinity Western who advanced with a win over the Dalhousie Tigers and will meet tournament host No. 5 Queen's.

The Gaels earned their first-ever berth into the national semifinals thanks to a 3-1 upset victory over the fourth-seeded Alberta Golden Bears.

De Grandpre, meanwhile, also chipped in on the defensive side of the ball with eight digs.

"We knew it would be a tough match even though we beat them in January in a tournament in Saskatoon. It was a completely different game," said Laval head coach Pascal Clement. "We had a good preparation, with a lot of video watching, but we didn't want to overload the players with information.

"At this stage, we want them to express with their talent."

Graham Vigrass led Calgary with a team-high 17 kills.

Calgary head coach Rod Durrant acknowledged the Laval second set service game as a key to the Rouge et Or's victory.

"The second set they started to serve a little more aggressively and we weren't able to serve or receive as well. In the fourth set we were just out of gas and they had so much confidence," he said.

Calgary came out strong with a 10-7 lead in large part thanks to strong attacking from Allen Meek of Sherwood Park, Alta.

Laval battled back and took a 20-19 lead before the end of the set, but they couldn't close out the frame as Calgary won 25-23.

The second set saw Laval find their rhythm on the attack as they took a 9-5 lead before taking the set 25-19. …

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