volleyball coach James GravelleU Sports named James Gravelle its coach of the year in men’s volleyball ahead of the national tournament this weekend.

Volleyball coach named tops in country

Lancer men’s volleyball head coach James Gravelle has led his team where it has never gone before, as it enters the national championship tournament this weekend with its first-ever Ontario University Athletics silver medal.

This success has won notice from U Sports, which named Gravelle its coach of the year during its annual banquet Thursday.

The Lancers enjoyed a 15-5 record that had them ranked in Canada’s top 10 squads on the strength of leading OUA in points and service aces per set, finishing second in blocks and digs per set, third in hitting percentage, and fourth in assists and kills.

The team begins its pursuit of a national title with a 3 p.m. Friday match against the Sherbrooke Vert & Or in Hamilton.

Windsor’s men’s hockey team will get an earlier start, facing off against the Alberta Golden Bears in a University Cup quarter-final at 11 a.m.

All games from both the hockey and volleyball competitions will be webcast live on CBC Sports digital platforms, up to and including Sunday's gold medal games. The full webcast schedule will be available throughout the tournaments at usports.ca/en/broadcast.