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UPDATED: 'An exciting day for our program' Acadia to host CIS women's soccer in 2016


WOLFVILLE - Acadia will be hosting the best women’s university soccer players in the country in two years time.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced host schools Oct. 20 for eight national championships in soccer and volleyball over the next two academic years. In 2016, the 30th anniversary of the women’s soccer championship will be held in Wolfville.

"It is a true honour to be selected to represent Acadia and the Atlantic University Sport Conference as host of the 30th edition of this tournament,” Axewomen coach Amit Batra said Oct. 20  “I feel it’s fitting as Acadia is one of the pioneers in women’s university soccer and has storied history including a national championship and six conference titles."

Batra called it “an exciting day for our program and for all the players past and present who have put Acadia on the national map from which we can make the most of this opportunity” and promised “amazing national championship experience.”

Acadia’s athletic director Kevin Dickie added in response to the news he’s excited “the rest of the country will have a chance to see the special integration we have with our community and how big of a deal athletics is on our campus."

Acadia hosted the nationals in 1989 and 2000. University of British Columbia will host the 2015 CIS tournament. Men’s soccer will be at York University in 2015 and University of Guelph in 2016.

Women’s volleyball nationals will be at Brandon, Manitoba, in 2016 and Ryerson in 2017. The men’s events will be at McMaster, in Hamilton, in 2016 and University of Alberta, Edmonton, in 2017.

This season’s CIS soccer championships are set for Nov. 6 to 9 at Laval for the women and UPEI for the men. Volleyball tournaments are scheduled for the end of February at the University of Toronto for women and the University of Saskatchewan for men.

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