SHERBROOKE, Que. -- The seventh-ranked Alberta Pandas upset the No. 2 Montreal Carabins 3-1 on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the CIS women's volleyball championship.
The Pandas won the first set 25-15 before grabbing the second by a count of 25-11.
The Carabins fought back in the third by building a 10-5 lead before cruising to a 25-16 win.
The Pandas led 20-12 in the fourth SET before the Carabins scored nine unanswered points to take a 21-20 lead.
Neither team was willing to give an inch AND went back and forth until the Pandas sealed a hard-fought 27-25 victory.
Alberta will take on Ottawa in Friday's semifinals.
The Gee-Gees won 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 over the No. 6 Universite de Sherbrooke Vert & Or.
Earlier Thursday, the UBC Thunderbirds opened their quest for a sixth straight national title with a three-set victory over the Laval Rouge et Or.
The top-ranked Thunderbirds, who have only lost once all season, cruised to a 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 win over the No. 8 Rouge et Or.
Meanwhile, the Trinity Spartans cruised to a 25-13, 25-18, 25-19 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers.
UBC and Trinity Western will meet in Friday's other semifinal.