Championships awarded; a look at the upcoming tournaments

While the location the of men's basketball Final 8 through 2014 was a foregone conclusion, this week we actually learned who the hosts will be for several other championships in the next few years. Evan has already covered men's hockey and what the 2013 and 2014 tournaments could mean for the University of Saskatchewan, so let's take a look at some other upcoming championships.

(We'll restrict ourselves to those sports which we have covered somewhat regularly in the past.)

  • Women's basketball: For the first time, the Final 8 goes to Windsor, a year after they finished second to a school who...well, won't be at any more CIS championships. Windsor's well-positioned to qualify regardless of host status, with a great core of players expected to return. The Lancers have to be the favourites for the Bronze Baby now, if they weren't already.

    Calgary and Regina will then host the next two, bringing the tournament back to Canada West after two years in Ontario. Regina hosted the 2009 tournament and made it to the gold medal game, losing to...yep, Simon Fraser. Calgary was also awarded 2014 men's volleyball, giving them a 2-for-3 mark on championship bids this year.

  • Women's hockey: Laurier was already known to be the next host here, same with Alberta in 2012. Both schools are pretty dominant in this sport. The University of Toronto was the only school to bid for the 2013 tournament, and received it. But as far as next year is concerned, there better be a Laurier-Guelph game come March 2011, if both schools qualify.

  • Men's volleyball: It seems like long-term planning to the extreme to reveal who will host the 2015 tournament, but no matter: Saskatchewan gets that one, with Calgary in 2014, then Laval, Queen's, and Trinity Western already given the three preceding tournaments. Hard to argue against any of those choices. Three of the next five (or five of seven if you include 2010 and 2009) will be in Canada West, which has thoroughly dominated the sport, so it's a good move from a "reward the successful" point of view.

  • Women's volleyball: The 2011 championship, already awarded to Laval, is yet another one for the Rouge et Or, going along with a couple of Vanier Cups, 2011 cross-country, 2012 men's soccer, 2013 women's rugby, 2013 men's volleyball, and 2014 women's soccer.
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