Brad Gunter (2nd year, Courtenay, outside hitter) and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s vollebyall team opened their 2012-13 Canada West regular season with
back to back wins over their closest geographical rival, the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.
On Saturday, Oct. 27 at the “Furnace” in Kelowna, the WolfPack won 3-1 Gunter led the offence with 14 kills in 31 chances and 12 digs.
On Friday, the WolfPack swept the visiting UBCO Heat
3-0 in Kamloops. TRU coach Pat Hennelly said Gunter took a little while to get going. “He made some big plays at the end of the first. I thought our offence clicked pretty well after we got over the early jitters.” Gunter had 10 kills in 21 swings with four digs.
On Nov. 2-3 the WolfPack split a weekend series with one of their toughest rivals, the Brandon University Bobcats, in Brandon. They lost on Friday 3-1 where Gunter had nine digs and a solo block then won 3-1 on Saturday where Gunter recorded 10 kills and nine digs.
The WolfPack will spend this weekend at Trinity Western taking on the
defending Canada West and CIS champion Spartans. They are back home at the Tournament Capital Centre on Nov. 16-17 against the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Trojans Are 2-2
Josh Moule (2nd year, Cumberland, academic upgrading) and the SAIT Trojans had a perfect opening weekend to their 2012-13 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) men’s basketball campaign.
For the second time in as many nights, the Trojans used their bench depth and relentless run-and-gun approach to outlast their opponent on the hardcourt Oct. 27 in Edmonton. The result? A 93-75 blowout win over the King’s Eagles.
“That’s two games in a row where we’ve pressed for 40 minutes,” said coach Mike Stevens, whose Trojans had defeated the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves 74-64 to open the season Oct. 26 at SAIT’s Campus Centre in Calgary.
After scissoring a 10-game losing streak on Friday, the Men of Troy now have back-to-back ACAC victories for the first time in almost a year. Their last two-game win streak came back on Oct. 28-29, 2011, with a pair of wins over the visiting Briercrest College Clippers of Caronport, Sask.
The Trojans played two more North Division opponents this past weekend. On Nov. 2 at Camrose against the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings they fell 100-91 and on Saturday, Nov. 3 at SAIT’s Campus Centre they lost 79-64 to Edmonton’s Concordia Thunder.
This weekend, the Trojans are in Edmonton for games against Grant MacEwan Griffins (Nov. 9) and NAIT Ooks (Nov. 10).