Bison men spike No. 1 Bears
THE upset of the weekend is brought to you by the University of Manitoba Bisons men's volleyball team.
The No. 4-ranked Bisons handed the No. 1-ranked Alberta Golden Bears a 3-1 loss (25-15, 25-22, 26-28, 25-17) Saturday at the Investors Group Athletic Centre to split the two-match series. Dane Pischke led the Bisons with 28 kills in the two matches. Alberta (19-1), which won 3-1 Friday, has clinched first in Canada West while Manitoba (13-7) is tied for fourth with UBC.
The unranked Bisons women posted an upset of their own on Friday, beating the No. 6-ranked Alberta Pandas 23-25, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23, but lost 3-0 on Saturday. Rachel Cockrell led the Bisons with 40 kills in the two matches. Manitoba (10-10) needs to win one match next weekend against the Saskatchewan Huskies (3-17) to clinch a playoff spot.
Wesmen men beat the Heat
IN volleyball action at the University of Winnipeg, the No. 9-ranked Wesmen men swept the UBC-Okanagan Heat 3-0 in a pair of matches, winning 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 Friday and 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 on Saturday. Casey Schouten led the 10-10 Wesmen with 22 kills.
The No. 9-ranked Heat women beat the Wesmen women 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-6) on Friday and 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24) Saturday.
Wesmen wrestlers excel
THE U of W teams won seven medals (two gold, two silver and three bronze) as hosts of the Wesmen Invitational Wrestling Tournament. On the men's side, Briston Brenton (82 kg) and Jake Miller (76 kg) each won gold with Cean Bod-Oy (54 kg) taking silver and bronze medals won by Mohktar Hakimi (57 kg) and Kyle Nguyen (130 kg). Brenton was named the Most Outstanding Male Wrestler of the tournament. On the women's side, Maura Martina (82 kg) won silver and Jessica Brenton (63 kg) earned bronze.
Samking speeds to 60m victory
AMANDA Gundrum won the women's triple jump event and Bison teammate Wilfred Samking placed first in men's 60m race and second in the 60m hurdles over the weekend at the U of M Max Bell Fieldhouse in the fourth annual Bison Classic meet. Manitoba's 4x400m men's relay team placed first while the men's 4x800m team was third. Tamara Paetsch was second in women's high jump and Cody Mages finished second in the men's 600m.
Herd snaps Bears' home streak
THE Manitoba Bisons men's basketball squad continued its winning ways in Edmonton over the weekend, handing the Alberta Golden Bears their first home-court loss since December 2010 with a 87-75 win on Saturday. Manitoba, which lost 92-83 on Friday, was led in the two games by Jonar Huertas with 48 points.
Wesmen women post sixth win
THE Wesmen women's basketball team posted its sixth win of the season on Saturday at Saskatoon with a 64-63 win over the Huskies. Winnipeg (6-13), which lost 82-80 on Friday, was led by Yael Kaplan with 25 points in the two games.
Hockey Herd splits with UBC
IN hockey, the No. 8-ranked Bison men split at home with the UBC Thunderbirds. After losing 3-2 on Friday, the 16-6-4 Bisons recorded a 5-1 win on Saturday over 14-9-3 UBC. Jesse Deckert recorded his 15th win of the season in net for the Bisons, making 21 saves in Saturday's win. The Bisons are second in the conference with two games in Regina next weekend left in the regular season. The top two teams earn a first-round bye and host a semifinal series.
The Bison women (10-11-5) earned a point against UBC at Vancouver with a 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday after Friday's 4-1 loss. The Bisons are fifth in the conference and will host Regina next weekend to close out the regular season.