Thursday, January 10, 2013
THIS WEEK IN COUGAR ATHLETICS
Women's Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 2) - The Cougars (9-1) moved up one spot in the CIS Top Ten after winning three non-conference games against NAIA opponents in Las Vegas over the break and return to action this weekend at the CKHS. Tied for the lead in the Prairie Division with Calgary, the Cougars host UNBC (3-7) on Friday night and Mount Royal (2-8) on Saturday. Tip-off is 6:15 p.m. for both games.
Men's Basketball - The Cougars kicked off 2013 with a non-conference game at Williston State College, dropping an 86-69 decision to the Tetons on Saturday night in Williston, N.D. The U of R (3-7) returns to the conference schedule this weekend with a pair of home games against teams in their first season of Canada West play, as the Cougars host UNBC (5-5) on Friday and Mount Royal (2-8) on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. on both nights at the CKHS.
Women's Volleyball - The Cougars got back into action with a non-conference tournament hosted by the University of Alberta over the weekend, going 1-4 over the course of the three-day event including a three-set win over Saskatchewan on Sunday. The Cougars (3-9) are at home against No. 9-ranked UBC Okanagan (7-5) this weekend at the CKHS, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday and following the men's match on Sunday afternoon.
Men's Volleyball - The Cougars (2-10) travelled to Calgary to compete in the Mount Royal Winter Volleyball Classic, going 0-4 at the three-day, five-team non-conference tournament. The team gets back to the conference schedule this weekend at the CKHS, as the Cougars host UBC Okanagan on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) in a pair of rare afternoon matches.
Wrestling (Men's CIS Ranking: No. 4 / Women's CIS Ranking: No. 4) - The Cougars participated in the Golden Bear Open on Saturday, with the women's team placing third in the overall standings and the men's team finishing in fourth. Jillian Durant (67 kg) and Lisa McKibben (72 kg) led the women with second-place finishes, while Steven Schneider (57 kg) had a second-place performance for the men. The U of R hosts the Cougar Open this Saturday at the CKHS, with the women competing from 9:00 a.m. to noon and the men scheduled to wrestle from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Men's Hockey - The Cougars (9-7-2) opened 2013 with a pair of home wins, defeating Lethbridge 6-3 on Friday and getting a pair of late goals from Brock Appleyard in a 4-2 victory on Saturday. Appleyard was named the Canada West Male Athlete of the Week for his efforts, as he also had a pair of assists in Friday's game. The Cougars enter the weekend in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings and just two points back of fourth-place Calgary, a team which the U of R will face on the road this Friday and Saturday.
Track & Field (Women's CIS Ranking: No. 8) - The first CIS Top Ten of the season for track & field came out this week, with the U of R's women's squad earning No. 8 in the initial ranking. Both the men's and the women's teams are in action on Saturday, as the Cougars travel up to Saskatoon to square off with the University of Saskatchewan in a dual.
Swimming - The Cougars return to the pool this weekend, as they'll travel to Calgary to compete in the UCSC Grand Prix at the University Pool on the campus of the University of Calgary. It's now the stretch run for the Cougars, as they'll have a weekend off after the Calgary trip before participating in the Canada West Championships from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27 in Victoria.