LANGLEY, British Columbia – The unranked Trinity Western Spartans earned a straight set win over No. 8 Mount Royal Cougars tonight at the Langley Events Centre, in Langley, B.C. The 25-17, 25-19, and 25-12 victory improves TWU to 4-3, while the loss drops MRU to 4-3.
CALGARY, Alta – The Mount Royal University Cougars welcomed the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns to Kenyon court Saturday night, for the second game of the home and home series.
The Pronghorns took the first game of the series in dramatic fashion, as Dejon Burdeaux hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game 96-93.
CALGARY, Alta – The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns visited the Mount Royal Cougars at Kenyon Court Saturday night, to cap off a home and home series. In the first game of the series, the Pronghorns took a 72-56 win on their home floor to keep their perfect record intact. The Pronghorns were able to come back from a 14-point halftime deficit and take the second game of the series by a score of 75-61.
Leading the way offensively for Lethbridge was Danielle Fritzke who caught fire in the second half, hitting five three-pointers and leading the Pronghorn comeback. Katie Keith filled the stat sheet impacting both ends of the floor, ending with eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and six steals.
CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos returned the favour in round two of the Crowchild Classic, picking up a 5-1 win against the Mount Royal Cougars in front of a capacity crowd in the Flames Community Arenas Saturday night.
CALGARY – The Regina Cougars earned a road weekend split after a 3-2 (25-13, 14-25, 12-25, 26-24, 15-10) victory over the Mount Royal Cougars. In the first, Regina came out flying and went up 7-1 before MRU head coach Sandra Lamb was forced to call a timeout. Sloppy play, miscommunications on defense and bad passing contributed to a tough first set for the hosting Cougars. They were unable to put together a comeback and dropped the first set 25-13.
CALGARY – The Mount Royal Cougars men’s volleyball team got the monkey off their back with a solid 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-23) win over the Regina Cougars on Kenyon Court. Outside hitter Tyler Schmidt scored a game-high 11 kills in the match, adding five digs and three aces for Mount Royal. Lachie Pollock followed that up with ten kills of his own. Setter Tanner Greves recorded a game-high 30 sets and seven digs in the Cougars’ win.
For Regina, Brennan Goski had 11 kills in the game to match Schmidt’s numbers. Setter Jake Fleming added 25 assists and a team-high five digs in the contest. Three Cougars recorded five kills including Dalton Wolfe, Matt Aubrey and Cody Caldwell.
MRU head coach Shawn Sky was pleased with the result on the second day of competition with Regina, but knows the team needs to keep improving with each match they play.
CALGARY - In the first hockey installment of the Crowchild Classic series between the University of Calgary Dinos and the Mount Royal University Cougars, an early third period goal by Jamal Watson sealed the win for the Cougars. With the game tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play in a stalemate between the cross-town rivals, second year forward Jamal Watson played hero for the Cougars to help his team draw first blood against the Dinos.
"It always feels good to score against these guys no matter what," explained Watson. "Especially on a nice play from Kord [Pankewicz] like that, just putting the puck away and having a game-winner is good. It is nice to get a win against these guys."
Watson's remarks only prove how important this rivalry is to both teams. After the Dinos won last year's Crowchild Classic matchup at the Scotiabank Saddledome in double overtime, the Cougars were looking for redemption.
"We wanted to come out with a chip on our shoulder and take it to these guys," said Watson.
CALGARY-It’s a clean sweep yet again on home court for the Mount Royal Cougars women’s volleyball team. It was the second home game of the season as Mount Royal took on the Regina Cougars. There was only room for one Cougars team to come out victorious, and Mount Royal came out on top. They took the match in three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-15.
CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars beat their cross-town rival the University of Calgary Dinos in a 2-1 shootout thriller Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. MRU came out of the gate flying, as they looked to come back strong after a 4-0 thumping by the Dinos in yesterdays matchup.
The Cougars created multiple scoring opportunities but were unable to put the puck in the back of the net.
CALGARY -Tonight was game one of two of Cougar on Cougar action for men’s volleyball. The University of Regina Cougars took on the Mount Royal Cougars on Kenyon Court. It was Regina that came out on top winning three sets to two. The final scores were, first set 25-21 Regina, second set 25-22 Regina, third set 24-26 Mount Royal, fourth set 17-25 Mount Royal and fifth set 15-13 Regina.
The Booster Juice Players of the game both lead their teams in attacks. For Regina, it was #7 Matthew Aubrey with a total of 17 out of the teams 47 attacks. For Mount Royal, it was #1 Riley Friesen with a total of 21 out of the teams 62 attacks. Regina lead in team blocks with 14 over Mount Royal’s 12, and they also had a stronger serve percentage at 0.848 compared to 0.759. Mount Royal took the lead in digs with a total of 44 compared to 38. Mount Royal’s libero, Phillips led the team in digs with a total of 12.
The first set started off strong. Points went back and forth one-for-one between the two teams. Mount Royal found success in tipping over the block, finding a hole in Regina’s defense. Both teams were strong in their attacks finding a kill almost every time. Mount Royal’s strongest attacks came from none other than Schmidt, whether it came from the outside, back row or the right side. Regina’s Goski had a strong presence in the front row getting kills from both the right side and the outside. After three strong attacks in a row, Regina pulled ahead from the point for point game. At the technical timeout, Regina led 16-15 over Mount Royal. Mount Royal called a timeout at 20-17 for Regina to try to regroup. Both teams made strategic substitutions for the server trying to secure the win. Mount Royal’s Schmidt missed his serve putting the score at 24-20 for Regina. Mount Royal’s Saly had a cross-court hit landing on the line giving them one last chance to fight back, but they were unable to pick up Goski’s tip from the right side. The Regina Cougars took the first set with a final score of 25-21.
CALGARY – In the first matchup this season between the crosstown rivals, the University of Calgary Dinos routed the Mount Royal University Cougars, 4-0, Thursday Nov. 9 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
Mount Royal Cougars Sports Information Coordinator Lindsay Franco was featured by Ryerson University this past week for her volleyball prowess. The alumni article written by Vanessa Kezwer highlighted Franco's playing days and what she has done since.
CALGARY - With no home games this weekend for the Mount Royal Cougars, both volleyball and basketball teams went west. In beautiful British Columbia, two athletes earned the Under Armour and Players Bench Athlete of the Week Honours for the week of Oct. 30 to Nov. 5.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A thoroughly dominant second-half performance sent the Mount Royal Cougars to an 88-59 win over the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday evening. The score was level at halftime, 41-41, but the Cougars outscored the host Cascades 47-18 after the break to salvage a weekend split at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre. UFV had won Friday’s opener 86-80. Mount Royal star Josh Ross, limited to 11 points on Friday, took charge in the rematch, racking up 25 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Sukhman Sandhu, with 20 points and six boards, was the lone Cascade to score in double figures. The Cougars squared their record at 2-2, while UFV fell to 1-3.
KELOWNA, B.C. – In another long five-set affair, the MRU Cougars earned a weekend split against the UBC Okanagan Heat in Kelowna. After dropping the first set, the Heat roared back in the second and third with convincing victories and looked to be in a good position to keep the momentum going on the night. The Cougars countered strong in the fourth, though, swinging the momentum well back in their own favour by taking it 25-14 and forcing yet another tie-breaking set.
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat earned a weekend split against the visiting Mount Royal Cougars, with a 3-1 victory on home court Saturday night. The second of the weekend's two matches saw a more dominant Heat attack, meaning there was no need for another five-set nail-biter as the Friday night match was.
The Heat were at their most dominant in the final two sets, evidently on a mission to close out a win after dropping the second set to the Cougars. Hitting .308 and burying 12 kills in the final frame, the Heat had their defence on display as well in the clinching set as the Cougars put away eight kills and finished with a hitting percentage of .000.
Once again it was Ann Richards and Siobhan Fitzpatrick leading the way for the Heat attack, and on the other side of the ball the Cougars hitters were all kept out of double-digits in the kills category, especially impressive considering that Alexy Donaghy and Chantel Park had combined for 39 kills the night before.
First Set: (25-17)
Mount Royal jumped out to an early lead in the opening frame, pulling ahead 7-3 thanks to a five-point run bolstered by a pair of kills and an ace. The Heat responded with a run of their own, stringing together 10 straight points, that included six kills and three service aces, to pull ahead 13-7. Scoring five of the next seven points, the Cougars pulled within three, but were down 16-12 after Siobhan Fitzpatrick gave the Heat a 16-12 lead at the break with her second kill of the set.
Out of the break the Heat defenders were a force, keeping the Cougars from scoring consecutive points from then on. Three kills from Ann Richards drove the Heat attack in the closing-out of the set, and Okanagan setter Sara McCreary provided the final point with her seventh kill of the season.
Second Set: (20-25)
The Heat had the lead early on in the first, but five straight points for the Cougars put them ahead 10-6 and forced a time-out call by UBCO. The Heat scored directly out of the time-out, on a kill by Michelle Jakszuk, but another time-out was needed after MRU put together three-straight to pull ahead 15-8. A big block by Carly Davies and Cassidy Kitchen gave the Cougars a 16-8 lead at the technical time-out.
After the break the Heat gained some momentum, scoring six of the next eight points and making it 19-15, forcing a Cougars time-out. UBCO pulled within three twice late, down 20-17 and 23-20, but Alex Donaghy and Carly Davies brought the Cougars to set point and a mishit on a Heat swing closed out the set to tie the match up at 1-1.
Third Set: (25-17)
Mount Royal took control early on in the third set, scoring three straight kills to go up 3-1 and then forcing a Heat time-out after stretching the lead to 9-5. Shortly after that time-out the Heat scored six straight to tie it up at 11-11, before taking the lead on a Sara McCreary ace amidst another run that had them taking a 16-13 lead into the technical time-out.
Three kills and an ace after the break had the Heat up 20-14, forcing a Mount Royal time-out. Back-to-back blocks, from Richards and Drew and then a solo shut-down by Aidan Lea, made it 22-15. Another block, this time by Jakszuk and Lea, made it set point, and Natalie Livingston buried the final point to put the Heat up 2-1.
Fourth Set: (25-14)
The teams traded leads through the early part of the fourth set, with (5) ties and three lead changes before the Heat managed to string four straight points together and force an MRU time-out. The Heat defence at the net shut down the Cougars hitters, with blocking and forcing hitters to miss outside, and UBCO rolled into the media time-out up 16-9.
A pair of Cougars errors led into a five-point run after that for the Heat, centred around a pair of Ann Richards' kills and a perfectly-placed service ace by Siobhan Fitzpatrick. Skye Thompson and Aidan Lea had a pair of kills that combined with a big block by Lea and Richards to set up match point for the Heat, and Thompson buried another one to lock up the win.
Ann Richards and Siobhan Fitzpatrick were the most successful hitters on the night for the Heat, putting away 14 kills (.219K%) and 12 kills (.212K%) respectively.
Sara McCreary finished with another 40-assist match, also earning a pair of kills, three service aces, and four digs to her stat line.
Sophia Furlan had a match-high 21 digs, and Aidan Lea had a match-high six blocks and added seven kills for good measure.
Alex Donaghy and Ciera Talbot tied for the team-high in kills, with nine apiece, followed closely behind by Carly Davies, who had eight. Davies also had a team-high five total blocks.
Setter Allisa Dandenault finished with 35 assists, a service ace, and seven digs. Cassidy Kitchen finished the match with the team-high in digs, pulling up 12.
By the Numbers:
The Heat were able to keep the Cougars hitters in check on Saturday night, holding them to 40 kills on a .099 hitting percentage. In the first and fourth sets, the MRU hitters were held to a .000 hitting percentage collectively.
The Heat were the more dominant hitting team, finishing with 50 kills and hitting .229 for the match. They also finished ahead in service aces (9-5), assists (45-38), blocks (11-6), and digs (60-54).
The UBC Okanagan Heat (4-2) will play next weekend against the MacEwan Griffins (0-4), heading to Edmonton for a pair of matches on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11.
The Mount Royal Cougars (3-1) will have their next matches at home, as they host the Regina Cougars (2-3) on November 10 & 11.
ABBOTSFORD, BC - A fourth-quarter scoring outburst from Sara Simovic sparked the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team to a 76-64 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars on Saturday evening. The Cascades, coming off a 68-47 victory over the Cougars on Friday, trailed 48-47 heading to the fourth quarter of Saturday’s rematch at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre. But that’s when Simovic caught fire. The fifth-year guard from Nanaimo, B.C. scored 11 of her 17 points in the final frame, highlighted by a trio of three-pointers, as the hosts pulled away.
UFV leveled its record at 2-2, while the Cougars fell to 0-4.
“I had a really bad first half, and I had to pull it out somehow because we needed it,” Simovic said afterward. “It was a close game, kind of scary, so you just find it within. I think it was just not second-guessing myself at all – just grab it, shoot it. I knew I was shooting before I even got it, and that’s probably why it went in.”
The Cascades built a 20-15 lead after the first quarter, but the Cougars hung tough and cut the deficit to 34-33 at the break after Michelle Tiffany hit a layup at the buzzer. Taylor Claggett carried the Cascades offensively over the first 20 minutes, racking up 11 points.
The visitors leveraged their size advantage in the paint – they outrebounded UFV 52-45 for the game – and edged ahead in the third quarter, setting the stage for Simovic. She hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions midway through the frame, but Tiffany responded with a couple treys of her own to keep the Cougars close. Simovic wasn’t done, though – she converted a driving layup followed by her third triple of the quarter to put UFV up 68-60 with 2:30 left, and the Cascades kept the Cougars at bay from there.
“I’m happy for Sara,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “She had a real big fourth quarter for us and knocked down some shots, and we know that she can be that sort of player. She hasn’t been playing with a lot of confidence, and even in the first half, I didn’t think she was fantastic tonight. We talked about that at halftime, and she really responded to that.”
The Cascades’ outstanding forward duo of Shayna Litman (20 points, seven rebounds) and Claggett (18 points, seven rebounds, four assists) also had huge performances.
Tiffany paced the Cougars with 14 poins, while Erin Kehrig (13 points) and Abbey Gillette (12) also scored in double figures.
The Cascades basketball teams hit the road next week to face the Regina Cougars.
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men's volleyball team earned their first victory of the season on Friday night, defeating the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars in a marathon five-set match.
After dropping the first set, the Heat pushed the second into extra points after a late-set comeback. After dropping the third, they played a dominant fourth set, nearly winning it by double digits, to force a deciding fifth.
The big hitters for the Heat were the difference-makers on Friday night, especially in the fifth. Devon Cote was the most noticeable attacker in the match, putting a huge swing on nearly every attack and getting up to block just as consistently. Jon Russo and Lars Bornemann were just as determined to earn their first win of the season on home court against the Cougars, rounding out the top three of the attack. Joshua Harvey was the fourth proverbial horseman in the match, contributing the final Heat kill of the match and essentially putting away the win.
First Set: (15-25)
The Cougars came out swinging and strong at the net in the first set, burying nine kills and hitting .368 while holding the Heat to four on -.043.
The Heat didn't score consecutive points until near the technical time-out, as a Lars Bornemann kill and a Cougars attack error made it 15-9, and it was 16-9 at the break. From then on the two sides traded points until the Cougars got two in a row to go up 22-14, then strung together three in a row on a Riley Friesen kill and a pair of Heat errors to close out the frame.
Second Set: (27-25)
The second set started tight, as the Heat scored first before the teams traded points through the early stages and tied six times, with three lead changes, before either side hit double digits.
Three consecutive Heat errors put the Cougars up 9-7, before Lars Bornemann stopped the skid with a big swing to make it 9-8. A Cougars service error and a big block by Bornemann and Caleb Funk tied it up at 10, and points were traded for ties at 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 before the Cougars took a 16-15 lead into the technical time-out.
A pair of kills from Quinn Bromley and one from Matt Saly were part of a stretch that put the Cougars ahead 21-17 after the break, before the Heat pulled within two after a MRU error and a huge service ace from Bornemann. A Heat error and a Riley Friesen kill put the Cougars up 23-20, and brought on a Heat time-out.
Out of the time-out the Heat scored back-to-back to pull within one at 23-22, and tied it up at 24 after a Cougars mistake and another big swing from Bornemann. Tyler Schmidt put the Cougars up 25-24, but a service error brought the Heat even at 25, after which the home side got a huge kill from Joshua Harvey and a clutch block from Bornemann and Funk to clinch the set win.
Third Set: (18-25)
MRU started the third set with a 4-0 run, before a service error got the Heat on the board. Another huge block from Funk and Bornemann gave the Heat their third point of the set, bringing them within two, but Matt Saly buried his second kill of the set to put the Cougars up 6-3. A big shut-down block by MRU's Tanner Greves and Quinn Bromley started a run, as the Cougars went on to pull ahead 12-4, and took a 16-7 lead into the media time-out.
Out of the break, the Cougars kept rolling, scoring back-to-back kills, before the Heat got one of their own from Devon Cote to make it 18-9. After that the Heat were able to put together a run late, to make it 23-16, but the difference was too much to make up and the Cougars went on to take it 25-18
Fourth Set: (25-16)
Devon Cote got the scoring started in the fourth set, putting a kill away for the Heat. Cote's second kill of the frame put the Heat up 5-3, followed by back-to-back kills and a huge block from Funk and Max Heppell that gave the Heat an 8-4 lead and forced a Cougars time-out.
MRU put together a four-point run to nearly pull even, down just one at 11-10, before Joshua Harvey and Jon Russo put together back-to-back shut-down blocks to keep the Heat ahead. After the Cougars pulled within one again at 13-12 and at 14-13, a kill from Devon Cote and a service ace from Joshua Harvey gave the Heat a 16-13 lead at the media time-out.
Max Heppell kept it going for the Heat out of the break, burying a kill to extend the lead to four. Two more big blocks, this time from Funk and Morgan Nichols, and a solo stop by Harvey, and kills from Cote and Heppell forced an MRU time-out with the Heat up 22-15.
Another kill from Heppell, one from Harvey, and an exclamation point of a kill from Cote sealed the set for the Heat and forced a fifth.
Fifth Set: (15-10)
The Heat got on the board first in the deciding frame, capitalizing on an error by MRU. After ties at 1-1 and 2-2, 4-4, 5-5, the Heat buried two kills and a service ace to take the 8-5 lead into the break.
Out of the break the Heat earned an ace and another huge block, from Funk and Nichols, to take a 10-5 lead. A kill from Bromley and a Heat mishit made it 10-7 at a Heat time-out.
MRU scored again out of the time-out, as Matt Saly served an ace. Devon Cote found his swing again, putting away another kill, before an error gave serve back to the Cougars at 11-9. Back-to-back same-point blocks and a huge swing from Cote made it 13-9, a kill from Harvey set up match point, and more stellar defence at the net clinched the 15-10 set victory, and the match win.
Devon Cote was the leading Heat hitter in the match, putting away 10 kills and finishing with a .389 hitting percentage. Behind him were Jon Russo (8), Lars Bornemann (7), and Joshua Harvey (6).
Morgan Nichols had 35 assists for the Heat, and added 12 digs and three total blocks.
Tyler Schmidt led the way in kills, with 15, followed by Matt Saly (8), Riley Friesen (7), and Quinn Bromley (7). Friesen also had a team-high 10 digs.
Lachlan Polson finished the night with a match-high five total blocks, adding six kills and four digs.
By the Numbers:
The Cougars finished ahead in kills (50-44), hitting percentage (.190 - .144), and assists (49-41). Each team had five service aces and five receiving errors. The Heat blocking was stronger in the match, giving them the edge at the net, as they finished ahead in total blocks (12-11) and block assists (20-12).
The UBC Okanagan Heat (1-4) and the Mount Royal University Cougars (0-3) will meet again tomorrow night, with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team rode a balanced attack and some clutch plays down the stretch to its first victory of the young season, 86-80 over the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday. The Cascades, playing their home opener at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre, saw six players score in double figures, led by Vick Toor’s 17. Sukhman Sandhu’s tip-in off a missed free throw was the key play in the final minute, making it a two-possession game with 21 seconds left and allowing the UFV squad to send their fans home happy.
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team played a long, tough match against the Mount Royal University Cougars on Friday evening, going a full five sets for the first time this season. Neither side was overly out-matched on the night, with both teams swinging well and putting away over 50 kills. The biggest difference in the match seemed to be consistency, as the Heat struggled with errors both at the net and from the service line.
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team broke the game open in the third quarter on Friday, pulling away for a decisive 68-47 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars in their home opener. Offence was slow to materialize for both teams in the first half at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre, which ended with the Cascades holding a 26-20 lead.
The third quarter was a different story – UFV outscored the Cougars 27-11 in the frame, mustering more points over that 10-minute stretch than they had in the entire first half.
The Cascades (1-2) and Cougars (0-3) clash again on Saturday evening (5 p.m. tip-off, Envision Financial Athletic Centre).