Richardson, Caligiuri named Canada West 1st Stars of the Week


November 19, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – Claiming 1st Star honours in Canada West this week are Royal Richardson and Joe Caligiuri. Richardson helped lead the Trinity Western Spartans to consecutive women’s volleyball victories this past weekend, while Caligiuri, a goaltender provided back-to-back shutouts for the Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team.


1st STAR: Royal Richardson, Trinity Western (volleyball)

Home: Rocky Mountain House, AB

Height: 6-2

Year: 4th

Academic: Human Kinetics

With a total of 33 kills, 22 digs and four blocks, fourth-year outstide Royal Richardson helped the CIS #2 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team (5-3) to back-to-back road wins over Calgary. With 20 kills in Saturday’s win over the Dinos, Richardson broke the Spartans record for kills in a three-set match. On Friday, Richardson also posted a career-high 15-digs in a four-set win. The Spartans return to Langley this weekend when they will host Regina Friday and Saturday.

2nd STAR: #13 Dalyce Emmerson, Saskatchewan (basketball)

Third-year University of Saskatchewan forward Dalyce Emmerson scored a combined 49 points and 28 grabbed rebounds leading the No. 4 ranked Huskies to a weekend split with the No. 6 Regina Cougars. A night after suffering their first loss of the season, Emmerson ripped down 17 rebounds on Saturday night, seven of them coming on offense, to go along with 19 points as the Huskies earned a weekend split with provincial rival Regina.

In Friday’s contest, the 6-3 forward from Prince Albert, SK was just one rebound shy of a double-double finishing the game with 22 points and nine rebounds on 9-of-18 shooting. Saturday’s win keeps the No. 5 ranked Huskies one game ahead of the pack in the Canada West Prairie division with a 5-1 record. Saskatchewan hosts the Trinity Western Spartans this Friday before facing the No. 3 ranked Fraser Valley Cascades, in a rematch of last year’s Canada West quarter-final series, on Saturday.

3rd STAR: #10 Sarah Casorso, UBC (hockey)

Sarah Casorso scored four points in two games to lead her No. 6 UBC Thunderbirds to a sweep over No. 8 Saskatchewan on the weekend in Canada West women’s hockey action. On Friday, Casorso, a fourth-year defenceman from Kelowna, B.C., assisted on the first and third UBC goals, both scored by Hannah Heisler.

The third goal stood up as the game winner. With the win, UBC moved into sole possession of first place in the Canada West standings for the first time ever. She scored her fourth goal of the year to opening the scoring on Saturday night. Then in overtime, she maintained possession of the puck in the Saskatchewan zone before skating behind the net and passing the it to a wide-open Nikola Brown-John, who tapped home the winner for a 2-1 UBC win.

Casorso leads all defenders in CIS scoring, with 15 points in 12 games. She’s tied for 10th overall in the CIS. In the Canada West, Casorso trails only teammate Tatiana Rafter in the league scoring race. First-place UBC, now three points clear of three second-place teams in the Canada West standings, visits Manitoba this weekend for a two-game set.


1st STAR: #1 Joe Caligiuri, Manitoba (hockey)

Home: Winnipeg, MB

Height: 5-10

Year: 4th

Academic: Extended Education

The Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team recorded their first weekend sweep of the 2013-14 season. The Bisons (4-7-1) did not allow a goal all weekend long against Lethbridge (1-11-0) and goaltender Joe Caligiuri posted back-to-back shutouts during the two game home sweep. The Winnipeg native had a strong start to the weekend on Friday, Nov. 15 with a 17 save performance with eight stops in a tight third period of a 3-0 win to earn second star selection.

In the first game, Lethbridge went 0-9 on the power play and could not break through Caligiuri. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the fourth year netminder stopped ten shots in the first before the Bisons broke open the game in the second and won 7-0.

Caligiuri made another 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and was again named second star for the perfect slate on the score clock. Caligiuri is now tied for second in Canada West with two shutouts and sixth in conference with .918 Save Pct. and seventh in Goals Against Average at 2.56 in eight games. Manitoba goes back on the road during the November 22-23 weekend as they play against the UBC Thunderbirds (3-8-1).

2nd STAR: #14 Josh Wolfram, Thompson Rivers (basketball)

Josh Wolfram was one of the key ingredients in the Thompson Rivers WolfPack’s first-ever sweep over UBC in Canada West play. The 6-10 forward scored in double-digits in both games and was solid in the teams two victories. In Friday ‘s 78-65 win over the Thunderbirds he was 6-14 on field goals and 3-4 from the free-throw line, with 15 points and six rebounds , one block and two steals in 28 minutes. The next day the WolfPack won 86-56 and Wolftram went 6-12 on field goals, including 2-2 on three-pointers, and 2-2 from the foul line for 12 points, with nine rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes of court time.

Since returning to CIS play after a one year absence, Wolfram has become a dominant player on the WolfPack and one of the top shot blockers in Canada West. TRU (4-2) finds itself second in the Pacific Division. They head to Calgary and Lethbridge for games this coming weekend (Nov 22-23).

3rd STAR: #12 Paul Thomson, Saskatchewan (volleyball)

Fourth-year left side hitter Paul Thomson recorded a combined total of 21 kills and 21 digs to help the #7 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies to a weekend sweep of the UBCO Heat. The Assiniboia, SK native opened the weekend with seven kills and 10 digs as the Huskies defeated the Heat in straight sets. The Arts & Science student added three blocks in the match. On Saturday night, Thomson had 14 kills, 11 digs and two service aces in a 3-1 win. The Huskies improved to 3-5 with the sweep and travel to Kamloops, BC to take on the Thompson Rivers WolfPack this weekend.

Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, November 26

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