The College of the Rockies will be home to the 2019 PACWEST Volleyball Championship February 21st to 23rd as the Men's and Women's Avalanche get set to battle for a Conference Title.
Both Men's and Women's Avalanche officially concluded the 2018/19 PACWEST regular season this past weekend on Vancouver Island, each losing their four matches to the Vancouver Island University Mariners and Camosun College Chargers.
Following the weekend, the Men's Avalanche will enter the PACWEST Championship with an 8-16 record, solidified as the fifth seed. Meanwhile, the Women's Avalanche enter with a 4-20 record and will be the PACWEST Championship's sixth seed.
With the regular season behind the Avalanche, both teams can now focus on preparing and hosting the Conference Championship February 21st to 23rd.
"We're really excited to be hosting in 2019, it's been quite a long time since we hosted the PACWEST Championships," Cori Andrichuk told Summit 107, Manager of Student Life. "We have really good teams in the league this year, our top six men's teams and top six women's teams will come to Cranbrook and the competition should be spectacular."
The College of the Rockies last hosted the PACWEST Volleyball Championships in 2013. In school history, the Women's Avalanche are the only team to win a PACWEST Championship, completing the feat in 2016.
By holding the prestigious event in less than two weeks, Andrichuk said it shows the entire PACWEST that the College of the Rockies is open to potentially hosting more provincial events.
"It certainly shows our Conference that we have the capacity to host and that we're welcome to do hosting/ Whether or not we'll be able to host another sport or not, it sort of remains to be seen, we're not on schedule to host anything in the near future but that's not to say that we wouldn't."
Alongside the top Men's and Women's Volleyball teams in the PACWEST, the College of the Rockies Avalanche open the Championship Tournament on Thursday, February 21st in Cranbrook.
"Game times are 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 8:00 pm and that's Thursday, Friday, and Saturday," detailed Andrichuk. "Tickets will be sold at the door, so there's single-day game tickets available, or people can buy a weekend pass if they want to come and watch all of the matches."
The Camosun College Chargers are seeking their fifth-straight Men's Volleyball Conference Championship while the Douglas College Royals look to defend their Women's Volleyball Conference Championship.
Audio: Cori Andrichuk, College of the Rockies Manager of Student Life