Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This Week in Cougar Athletics

At Home – Friday
Swimming at Optimist Prairie Cup, Day 1 (Lawson Aquatic Centre)
Women’s Volleyball vs. Alberta, 6:00 p.m. (CKHS)
Women’s Hockey vs. Mount Royal, 7:00 p.m. (The Co-operators Centre)
Men’s Volleyball vs. Alberta, 7:30 p.m. (CKHS)

At Home – Saturday
Swimming at Optimist Prairie Cup, Day 2 (Lawson Aquatic Centre)
Women’s Hockey vs. Mount Royal, 3:00 p.m. (The Co-operators Centre)
Women’s Volleyball vs. Alberta, 5:00 p.m. (CKHS)
Men’s Volleyball vs. Alberta, 6:30 p.m. (CKHS)

At Home – Sunday
Swimming at Optimist Prairie Cup, Day 3 (Lawson Aquatic Centre)

On the Road – Friday (all times CST)
Track & Field at Knights of Columbus Indoor Games, Day 1 (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Women’s Basketball at Manitoba, 6:00 p.m. (Winnipeg, Man.)
Men’s Basketball at Manitoba, 8:00 p.m. (Winnipeg, Man.)
Men’s Hockey at Mount Royal, 8:00 p.m. (Calgary, Alta.)

On the Road – Saturday (all times CST)
Men’s Wrestling at Cascades Classic (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Track & Field at Knights of Columbus Indoor Games, Day 2 (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Men’s Hockey at Mount Royal, 4:00 p.m. (Calgary, Alta.)
Women’s Basketball at Manitoba, 4:00 p.m. (Winnipeg, Man.)
Men’s Basketball at Manitoba, 6:00 p.m. (Winnipeg, Man.)

Women's Hockey – The Cougars (10-8-3-1) split with the Alberta Pandas last weekend, meaning they sit in third place in the Canada West standings – just one point back of Alberta. Regina will host Mount Royal (7-11-3-1) on Friday night and Saturday afternoon with a chance to move up the standings. Toni Ross leads the nation with 13 wins, and has broken the Cougars’ record with 32 career victories and counting.

Women's Volleyball – No. 4-ranked Alberta is in town as the Cougars host their final home matches of the 2015-16 season this weekend at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. They’ll be the final times playing at the CKHS for fifth-year outside hitter Tori Glynn, who needs just two more kills to become one of just two U of R players with 700 kills and 700 digs as a Cougar. The two teams will meet starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Men's Volleyball – Three Cougars will play their last home matches in a U of R uniform this weekend, as Andre Borgeaud, Jacques Borgeaud, and Matthew Lueck will all be honoured as part of Senior Night festivities. The Cougars will host the No. 2-ranked Alberta Golden Bears on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (6:30 p.m.) at the CKHS.

Swimming – The Cougars compete at home this weekend at the three-day Optimist Prairie Cup, which stretches from Friday to Sunday at the Lawson Aquatic Centre. It’s one of the last remaining tune-up events for the Cougars as they continue preparations for the CIS Championships, which will be hosted from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28 in Quebec City.

Women's Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 3) – The Cougars scored a key road sweep last weekend, defeating UBC 71-69 in a Friday night game that featured a buzzer-beating layup by Alyssia Kajati and following that up with a 69-61 win over the Thunderbirds on Saturday. The Cougars (11-1) remain in third place in the Pioneer Division standings, a half game back of second-place Alberta (12-1) and a game behind division-leading and top-ranked Saskatchewan (12-0). They’re back in action this weekend with a pair of road games at Manitoba.

Men's Basketball – The men’s basketball team pulled off a historic win last Saturday, recording their first ever road victory over UBC after outlasting the Thunderbirds by a 83-79 margin. That win gave the Cougars a weekend split as they continue to jockey for position in the Pioneer Division standings. At 8-4, they remain in third place as they prepare for another critical road weekend – this time against Manitoba, which at 9-5 is in fourth place just a few percentage points back of the Cougars. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Men's Hockey – Regina is on the road for the second consecutive weekend, heading to Calgary to face off against Mount Royal University. The Cougars were swept last weekend by a potent Alberta attack, falling 4-1 and 5-1 to the second-place Golden Bears. Dillan McCombie and Trent Lofthouse scored for the Cougars (5-17-0).

Wrestling (Women's CIS Ranking: No. 3 / Men's CIS Ranking: No. 8) – Kayla Brodner and Kristine Longeau were both crowned champions in their weight classes at the Huskie Open in Saskatoon on the weekend. On the men's side, Gaelan Malloy and Waylon Decoteau both captured first place in their respective divisions. The men's team will travel west to compete at the Cascades Classic this weekend, while the women's team will take a break until the Canada West Championships on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.

Track & Field – Joy Becker became the first member of either of the U of R’s track & field teams to hit a CIS standard this season after going 6.01 metres in the long jump on Friday at the Golden Bear Open in Edmonton. Next up for the Cougars is the Knights of Columbus Indoor Games in Saskatoon this Friday and Saturday. While the U of R won’t be sending a full squad to Saskatoon, interim head coach Wade Huber expects the throwers and some select others to make the short trip up Highway 11.

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