Championships Men’s Volleyball

The host Queen’s Gaels advanced to the semifinals of the U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball Championship after defeating the No. 4 seed Trinity Western Spartans 3-2 (17-25, 25-22, 25-17, 20-25, 16-14) in a five-set quarterfinals thriller Saturday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC).



U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian and OUA Player of the Year Erik Siksna led Queen’s offence with a game-high 21 kills and .545 hitting percentage. Reed Venning also had a strong performance for Queen’s, finishing with 14 kills in the win.

Trinity Western opened the match with a big first set win before the Gaels bounced back with a tight second set victory and comfortable third set win. The Spartans made sure the game went the distance with a fourth set win before the Gaels took the victory in extra points.

Queen’s finished the game with a .368 hitting percentage, compared to .356 for the Spartans.

With the win, the Gaels will be back in action Friday night at 6 p.m. in the Championship semifinals, taking on the winner of the last quarterfinals match between the No. 1 Sherbrooke Vert et Or and the No. 8 Guelph Gryphons.

The Spartans will next play Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the Consolation semifinals against the loser of the Sherbrooke and Guelph matchup.


Trinity Western: Piers de Greeff

Queen’s: Erik Siksna



Kills: Erik Siksna (21)

Points: Erik Siksna (24.0)

Blocks: Izaak Zabjek (6)

Digs: Chris Zimmerman (7)

Service aces: Chris Zimmerman, Reed Venning, Dax Thompkins (2)

Trinity Western

Kills: Henry Rempel (18)

Points: Henry Rempel (22)

Blocks: Cory Schoenherr (6)

Digs: Henry Rempel (11)

Service aces: Henry Rempel (3)