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Volleyball teams prepare for Duckworth Challenge

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THE 23rd annual Duckworth Challenge continues this Thursday with a men's and women's volleyball blast at the University of Winnipeg.

The annual competition between the U of W Wesmen and the University of Manitoba Bisons has already moved through its soccer phase -- the Bisons won 2-0 in the September challenge between women's teams. The volleyball games, which count as regular-season conference matches, kick off at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday at the U of W's Duckworth Centre.

This year's Duckworth Challenge features five games across three sports, with the school winning the most games taking the title. Last year, the Wesmen won the challenge trophy, but the Bisons have won 11 times and tied five in the contest's 22-year history.

The annual battle of the universities wraps up in February 2014, when the Bisons men's and women's basketball squads host the Wesmen at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.


Yantz, Schubert best Bisons

THE University of Manitoba Bisons unveiled their players of the week Monday, awarding football pivot Jordan Yantz and hockey netminder Amanda Schubert the honours.

Schubert, a first-year Bison and Winnipeg Avros MFMHL alumna, was a rock in her two starts at home over the weekend. The Bisons women's hockey squad won both games against the visiting Mount Royal Cougars, including a 4-1 win on Friday and a shutout for Schubert the following night. She turned away 36 shots between the two nights, her first looks at CIS conference play. The Bisons are now 3-2-1 on the young hockey season.

Meanwhile Yantz, in his first year of university football, led his team to clinch a playoff spot with a robust 33-26 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies on the road last Friday. Yantz connected on 18 of his 32 pass attempts, cashing in for 364 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards on seven carries. Yantz was also announced as Canada West's offensive player of the week on Monday on the back of that stellar performance.

The four-major air game matched Yantz' career high this season with the Bisons, and two of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter to lead the Bisons back from a deficit to claim the game.

Yantz sits second in the Canada West passing stats with 2,104 yards -- just 24 yards shy of the Bisons' all-time high -- and first in the conference with 20 touchdown strikes in seven regular-season conference games, a Bisons record.


Sharman's scoring seals honour

WINNIPEG Avros forward Alanna Sharman was honoured as the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League's player of the week after a blazing five-point weekend.

Sharman, a third-year forward who is an alternate captain for the Avros, scored four goals and added an assist over the course of two games, which the Avros split. That stat line included a hat trick against the Yellowhead Chiefs to push the Avros to a 5-1 victory.


-- Melissa Martin

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 22, 2013 C6

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