Saints Prepare For OCAA Championships

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College Department of Athletics is in the final stages of preparing  to host the 2017 OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship. The event will take place at the St Clair Sportsplex in Windsor from February 24 through 26.

The final-8 format will feature the top eight women’s volleyball teams in Ontario with the winner advancing to the CCAA Nationals in Victoria, BC. As host of the event, the St Clair Saints are automatically entered into the event.

The two top teams in the East Division, Durham and Algonquin, and the first place team in the West Division, Humber, have also earned automatic entry into the event. The other four teams were determined by playoff matches last coming weekend.

The event will kick off with the Championship Awards Breakfast Banquet at the St Clair Centre for the Arts on Friday, February 24 at 8:30am. The first day of play will be highlighted with a short opening ceremony prior to St Clair’s first match at 8:00pm on Friday.

St Clair finished in third place in the OCAA West Division with a record of 12 wins and 6 losses and are ranked 6th in the OCAA. The Saints will have their work cut out for them in their opening quarterfinal match against the Algonquin Thunder from Ottawa.

Algonquin is ranked 4th in the OCAA and finished in second place in the East Division with a record of 15-3.

Head coach Jimmy El-Turk as a few words of strategy for the St Clair women's volleyball team on 22 October 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

Head coach Jimmy El-Turk as a few words of strategy for the St Clair women’s volleyball team on 22 October 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

St Clair head coach Jimmy El-Turk likes St Clair’s chances heading into the event.

“Our team has worked so hard from September until now for this opportunity and I’m proud of our athletes for earning their way here, even though we do get the automatic berth,” El-Turk said. “One of our season goals was to finish in the top 4 in a tough OCAA West Division and we accomplished that. Our other team goal was to win a medal, which we hope to accomplish and snap a 20 year absence from the podium for our women’s volleyball program at St Clair.”

Tickets are $10 for a day pass or $20 for a tournament pass for adults and $5 for a day pass or $10 for a tournament pass for seniors and students 13-18. St Clair students and children under 12 are admitted for free.

Tickets will be available at the gate each day. Advance ticket sales are available at the Sportsplex. Alcohol and food sales will take place throughout the entire event.

All  matches will be live streamed on WE-TV.

Friday, Feb 24

  • 1:30 pm- Game 1 Quarterfinal TBA vs Durham
  • 3:30 pm- Game 2 Quarterfinal TBA vs TBA
  • 6 pm- Game 3 Quarterfinal TBA vs Humber
  • 8 pm- Game 4 Quarterfinal St. Clair vs Algonquin

Saturday, Feb 25

  • 1:30 pm- Game 5 Consolation Semi- Final (Loser 1 vs Loser 2)
  • 3:30 pm- Game 6 Consolation Semi- Final (Loser 3 vs Loser 4)
  • 6 pm- Game 7 SEMI-FINAL (Winner 1 vs Winner 2)
  • 8 pm- Game 8 SEMI- FINAL (Winner 3 vs Winner 4)

Sunday, Feb 26

  • 12:00noon- Game 9 CONSOLATION FINAL (Winner 5 vs Winner 6)
  • 2:30 pm- Game 10 BRONZE MEDAL MATCH (Loser 7 vs Loser 8)
  • 5:00 pm- Game 11 GOLD MEDAL MATCH (Winner 7 vs Winner 8)

Check online for further details and information.


About the Author

Jay Shewfelt
Jay Shewfelt is an Athletic Coordinator at St Clair College. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor where he earned a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and an Honours in Sport Management. Jay won 3 Junior C All-Ontario Championships as a hockey player with the Belle River Canadiens. Email Jay Shewfelt