Nicole Betker

Athletes of the Week: Lauren Sears, Kyle Ross

MALE: #14 Kyle Ross, Saskatchewan (hockey)

Saskatchewan Huskies captain Kyle Ross helped his team to a weekend sweep over the Alberta Golden Bears with four goals and one assist.

Ross, a fifth-year forward from Regina, scored the #5 Huskies second goal on the power play at 1:06 in the second period in a 5-3 win over the Golden Bears Friday. He also added an assist on the game winning goal at 10:32 in the third period.

In Saturday’s 5-4 win, the Law student tallied a hat trick scoring at 7:27 in the first, 26 seconds into the second period and at 13:46 in the second. All three goals were scored on the power play.

It was the first time the Huskies have swept the #4 Alberta Golden Bears since a series in Saskatoon in 2006-07.

Ross and the Huskies, now ranked #3, travel to Winnipeg to face the #9 Manitoba Bisons, January 20-21.

FEMALE: #8 Lauren Sears, Winnipeg (volleyball)

Fifth-year middle blocker Lauren Sears was at her best this past weekend in leading the CIS #4-ranked Winnipeg Wesmen to a two-match sweep of the Saskatchewan Huskies.

In Friday’s 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-17) straight sets victory, Sears pounded home a match high 16 kills in 22 total attempts for an impressive hitting percentage of .682 and only committed one attacking error. She also finished the match with six total blocks (three solo), three service aces and two defensive digs.

The 5’11 Wesmen team captain was once again a force in Saturday’s 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20) victory. Sears once again led all players with a match high 20 kills and a hitting percentage of .567 with only three attacking errors. She also was strong at net finishing with seven total blocks (three solo) and continued her strong play at the service line serving up three service aces.

Sears has played a big part in leading the Wesmen to a record of 12-2, in Canada West. She leads the conference in service aces (36) and total points (240.5). She is also ranked in the top 10 in kills, hitting percentage and blocks.

Now ranked #2 in CIS, the Wesmen (12-2) will be on the road this weekend for a pair of matches in Langley, British Columbia against the #7 Trinity Western Spartans.