Friday, November 16, 2012

Cougar Action This Weekend

Home Events
Women's Volleyball – vs. Winnipeg, Friday (6:00 p.m.) at CKHS
Men's Hockey – vs. Alberta, Friday (7:00 p.m.) at The Co-operators Centre
Men's Volleyball – vs. Winnipeg, Friday (7:30 p.m.) at CKHS
Women's Basketball – vs. Manitoba, Saturday (1:00 p.m.) at CKHS
Men's Basketball – vs. Manitoba, Saturday (3:00 p.m.) at CKHS
Men's Volleyball – vs. Winnipeg, Saturday (6:00 p.m.) at CKHS
Men's Hockey – vs. Alberta, Saturday (7:00 p.m.) at The Co-operators Centre
Women's Volleyball – vs. Winnipeg, Saturday (7:30 p.m.) at CKHS
Women's Basketball – vs. Manitoba, Sunday (1:00 p.m.) at CKHS
Men's Basketball – vs. Manitoba, Sunday (3:00 p.m.) at CKHS

Away Events
Women's Hockey – at Alberta, Friday (7:00 p.m. MST) in Edmonton, Alta.
Women's Hockey – at Alberta, Saturday (6:00 p.m. MST) in Edmonton, Alta.

Men's Hockey – Off to their best start since the 1995-96 season, the Cougars (6-3-1) took three out of a possible four points from then-No. 1 Saskatchewan over the weekend with a 2-1 overtime loss in Saskatoon on Friday and a 2-1 win at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday. Saskatchewan dropped in this week's CIS Top Ten, paving the way for Alberta to become the nation's No. 1-ranked team – and with the Golden Bears in town this Friday and Saturday, it'll be the second consecutive weekend that the Cougars have squared off against the top-ranked team in the CIS. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. on both nights.

Women's Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 3) – Michelle Clark led the Cougars (3-1) to a two-game sweep over Winnipeg, scoring 20 points in an 81-60 win on Thursday and piling up a career-high 29 points in the team's 76-55 victory on Friday. Winners of three consecutive Canada West games, the Cougars return home this weekend to host Manitoba (2-2) in a rare two-game afternoon series at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Men's Basketball – The Cougars (1-3) suffered a pair of road setbacks to Winnipeg, losing 88-73 on Thursday night and dropping a 92-74 decision on Friday. The team is back at home this weekend to Manitoba (2-2), a series which should see fifth-year forward Paul Gareau collect his 1000th career point. Gareau, who enters the weekend with 997 points in his career, will become the 16th player in U of R history to hit the milestone. Game time is 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Women's Volleyball – The Cougars (1-5) are back at home this weekend after losing a pair of road matches to No. 3 Alberta, falling in straight sets to the Pandas on both Friday and Saturday. Michelle Sweeting had a fine weekend despite the losses, as the third-year middle led the team in kills (18), hitting percentage (.438) and blocks (7) over the two matches. The Cougars host Winnipeg (0-5) on Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (7:30 p.m.) at the CKHS.

Men's Volleyball – The Cougars (0-6) travelled to Edmonton last weekend for a pair of matches against the top-ranked team in the CIS, and were defeated in three sets twice on both Friday and Saturday by the Alberta Golden Bears. With Rhodri Simmons now eligible and Andrew Nelson playing after being sidelined for the first four matches of the season with a lower-body injury, the Cougars will sport a different look this weekend as they host Winnipeg (2-3) this Friday and Saturday at the CKHS.

Women's Hockey – The Cougars (6-4-0) return to the Canada West schedule after a weekend off, as they'll head to Edmonton to play the No. 3-ranked Alberta Pandas (8-2-0). The teams will meet on Friday at 7 p.m. (MST) and on Saturday at 6 p.m. (MST) at the Clare Drake Arena. The U of A's live webcast of the two games can be seen at

Men's Wrestling – John Lendvoy had a perfect 3-0 record at 197 lbs. in the Cougars' three duals against NAIA opponents over the weekend, though the U of R was defeated 38-12 by Jamestown College, 37-18 by Briar Cliff, and 38-14 by Dakota Wesleyan. Mark Ballon led the team at the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Saturday, as the third-year wrestler advanced to the main bracket quarterfinals after a pair of wins at 149 lbs. The Cougars have this weekend off before returning to action at the Huskie Open on Nov. 24.

Rams Football – The Rams held a brief third-quarter lead in Saturday's Hardy Cup against No. 3-ranked Calgary, but ended up losing 38-14 after a second-half offensive surge by the Dinos. Kirby Kezama gave the team a glimmer of hope with a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, but the Rams weren't able to capitalize on the ensuing possessions. The loss ends the season for the Rams, who graduate 20 fifth-year players from this year's roster.

Cross Country – Kelly Wiebe became the University of Regina's first cross country champion on Saturday, finishing the 10K track at the Thames Valley Golf Course in London, Ont. in a course-record time of 30:21. Other strong performances came from Matt Johnson and Iain Fyfe on the men's side and Karissa LePage and Avery Westberg on the women's side, all four of whom earned Canada West all-star honours. The men's team placed second in Canada West and seventh in the overall team standings.

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