TRURO - A group of Colchester County volleyball players is chasing national university supremacy this week with the Dalhousie Tigers.
Lower Truro's Adam Sandeson, Truro's Kristen O'Brien and Logan Baillie of Onslow Mountain are all in Calgary at the men's championship while North River's Rachel Wright is with the lady Tigers in Regina.
The men, seeded fourth, open their bid today at 3:30 p.m. Atlantic time against the defending champion and fifth seed Laval Rouge et Or. Dalhousie took two of the three meetings between the clubs during interlock play, including a 3-2 victory in the latest match on Jan. 18. The Tigers also blanked Laval 3-0 in their first meeting in October and dropped a 3-1 decision in November.
The rest of their schedule depends on the result of that match. The event wraps up with Saturday's 9 p.m. AST final.
Sandeson, O'Brien and Baillie are all first-year students at Dalhousie and were teammates for the past three seasons on the Harvey MacEachern-coached Cobequid Cougars. All three won a provincial title together in Cougar orange in 2012 and all three also played for Nova Scotia's Canada Games squad last summer in Sherbrooke, Que.
The Tigers, who finished first in the AUS with a 13-4 record, earned a berth in the event thanks to clinching the conference title Feb. 16 with a 3-2 win over the UNB Varsity Reds (11-6).
The No. 1 Alberta Golden Bears, No. 2 McMaster Marauders, No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans, No. 6 Western Mustangs, No. 7 Calgary Dinos and No. 8 Montreal Carabins are also in the field.
The lady Tigers open Friday against the No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans at 3 p.m. Atlantic time.
Wright, a middle, is a second-year kinesiology student at the school.
The sixth seeded Tigers won the AUS crown Feb. 16 with a 3-0 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies (11-5) in the final. Dalhousie finished atop the regular-season standings with a 12-4 record.
The UBC Thunderbirds enter the tournament ranked No. 1, while the No. 2 Manitoba Bisons, No. 4 Laval Rouge et Or, No. 5 McMaster Marauders, No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees and No. 8 Regina Cougars round out the field.