author: nathan mccarville | sports writer
Set, spike, repeat / nathan mccarville
Cougars fall below .500 on the season
The women’s volleyball team, and currently the only volleyball team on campus, has started their regular season with varying results, playing their most recent matches against the UBC Thunderbirds at the U of R on the CKHS court. Playing on Nov. 15 and 16, the Cougars were unable to secure a win this weekend against the visiting Thunderbirds. The first match that the Cougars played against UBC ended with a result of 3-2 in favour of the Thunderbirds. The Cougars were able to win the third and fourth sets with scores of 25-21 and 27-25.
However, the Thunderbirds beat the Cougars in consistency, winning the first, second and fifth sets in a narrow finish for the Birds. The next game resulted in a shorter play time, due to the Thunderbirds winning the second, third, and fourth exchanges between the two teams, the Cougars winning the first by 2 points with a score of 28-26 for the set.
Despite the results of the last weekend, the Cougars volleyball team has had a fair season, winning 4 out of the last 10 of their matches against the various university teams in Canada West. The season opening games played against the Trinity Western Spartans results in two short games in favour of the Spartans, who won each match with a result of 3-1 against the Cougars. The next weekend on October 26 and 27, the Cougars played against the Winnipeg Wesmen for the first favourable results of the regular season with two wins against the slightly eastern team. The Cougars won their first game with a result of 3-1, copying the results that the Spartans got against the Cougars, and the second game, the Cougars bettered their results, winning the match with a result of 3-0 against the Wesmen. The next weekend was less favourable, the Calgary Dinos crushing the Cougars in Calgary, the Dinos attaining results of 3-1 and 3-0 for both matches played on Nov. 2 and 3. The weekend of Nov. 9 and 10, the Cougars played on their home court, the CKHS, against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. The Cougars kept their heads high, winning both games against the WolfPack, not allowing the WolfPack to win a single match in the weekend, with results of 3-0 and 3-0 in favour of the Cougars.
The Cougars will be enjoying a bye week this upcoming week, playing their next games against the Mount Royal University Cougars in Calgary, where we will see if the Cougars can keep up their pattern of two losses followed by two wins.