by Mark Janzen
January 21, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western men’s volleyball fifth-year middle Lucas Van Berkel (Edmonton) was named the Canada West 1st Star of the Week on the men’s side, while on the women’s side, second-year outside Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) was named the 3rd Star of the Week.
1st STAR: #12 Lucas Van Berkel, Trinity Western (volleyball)
Home: Edmonton, AB
Trinity Western University middle Lucas Van Berkel was nearly unstoppable this weekend in his two Canada West matches against the UBC Okanagan Heat. The Edmonton native finished the weekend with 23 kills and five blocks, but what was most notable was his hitting efficiency at 72.4 percent, getting kills on 23 of his 29 attempts, with only two errors in the weekend’s two matches.
On Friday the Human Kinetics major had 10 kills, two digs and three blocks, while hitting at 64.3 percent (10-1-14) in TWU’s five set (25-15, 22-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-9) win over the Heat. He followed it up Saturday night with 13 kills, a service ace and two blocks, and hitting an outstanding 80 percent (10-1-14) in Saturday’s 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) win.
Van Berkel is currently first in Canada West in hitting percentage at 47.3 percent and in blocks at 1.41 blocks-per-set.
The No. 2 Spartans (15-1) are back on the road this weekend to take on the No. 5 Thompson Rivers University WolfPack (11-5) Friday and Saturday night at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, B.C.
2nd STAR: #1 Stephon Lamar, Saskatchewan (basketball)
Fourth-year University of Saskatchewan guard Stephon Lamar recorded a combined 43 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, highlighted by Friday night’s game winning shot in a weekend sweep of the Calgary Dinos.
In a back-and-forth battle on Friday night, Lamar poured in a team-high 27 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists. With the game tied at 94 late hit in the fourth quarter, Lamar hit a step back jump shot with 3.7 seconds left on the clock to give the Huskies a 96-94 win.
Last season’s Canada West MVP scored another 16 points on Saturday night and dished out six assists while grabbing four rebounds in the Huskies 96-83 win.
Saskatchewan improved to 11-3 with the sweep and sit second in the Canada West Prairie division. The Huskies host the Lethbridge Pronghorns this weekend.
3rd STAR: #2 Ben Chow, UBC (volleyball)
Outside hitter Ben Chow recorded back-to-back 17-kill performances to lead his No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds to a sweep of the No. 7 Brandon Bobcats in Canada West men’s volleyball action over the weekend.
After missing two matches the week before, Chow recorded 17 kills, two service aces and three block assists in Friday’s four-set win by the T-Birds. He also added eight digs.
On Saturday night, the Kinesiology student from Surrey, B.C. knocked down 17 kills in just three sets, hitting an efficient .467 as UBC completed the sweep of Brandon.
Chow is now seventh in the Canada West in kills and tenth in points.
1st STAR: #11 Nicole Clarke, Regina (basketball)
Home: Regina, SK
Nicole Clarke had another huge weekend for the University of Regina’s women’s basketball team, scoring a season-high 29 points for the Cougars on Friday and adding 27 points on Saturday as the Cougars pulled into a tie for first place in the Prairie Division standings with a pair of home wins over Winnipeg.
The Cougars needed all of Clarke’s 29 points to survive an upset bid by a pesky Winnipeg squad that led by five with three minutes remaining. The U of R ended the game on a 12-2 run to pull ahead of the Wesmen, with Clarke scoring seven of those critical points. For the game, Clarke was 10-for-21 from the field, hit four triples, and had seven assists and six rebounds to go along with her 29 points.
Though Saturday’s game wasn’t as dramatic with the Cougars coasting to a 93-67 win over Winnipeg, Clarke was just as effective. She was 6-for-11 from three-point range as the Cougars set a team record for most triples in a Canada West game (17) and finished with 27 points, three assists, two rebounds, and two blocks in the victory.
Clarke accumulated a total of 56 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, and three blocks in the two victories. She is now ranked fourth in the conference with an average of 18.3 points per game this season.
2nd STAR: #16 Hannah Mousek, Alberta (hockey)
University of Alberta Pandas defenceman Hannah Mousek, a second-year blue-liner from Olds, AB, picked up four points over the weekend as the No. 8 Pandas swept the No. 5, defending Canada West champion and first place UBC Thunderbirds.
She scored her first career CIS hat-trick on Friday night, as the Pandas defeated UBC 6-3. Mousek, who won a gold medal with Team Alberta at the 2011-12 Canada Winter Games, scored goals four, five and six for the Pandas as they recorded their first win over UBC this season.
On Saturday, during Alberta’s 3-0 win, Mousek picked up an assist on the Pandas’ second goal of the game to give her a four point weekend.
With the two wins, the Pandas remain tied for second place in Canada West, but they are now just two points behind the first place Thunderbirds. The Pandas have also secured themselves a playoff berth.
They resume action this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Calgary Dinos.
3rd STAR: #7 Sophie Carpentier, Trinity Western (volleyball)
Second-year outside hitter Sophie Carpentier helped lead the No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans to back-to-back wins over the No. 4 UBC Okanagan Heat this past Friday and Saturday. The Ottawa native finished the weekend with 29 kills, five service aces, five digs and five blocks to lead the Spartans to two straight set wins.
On Friday the Psychology major had 13 kills, five aces, two digs and three blocks in TWU’s straight set 25-9, 25-18, 25-23 win over the Heat. She followed it up with 16 kills, three digs and two blocks in Saturday’s 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-23) win.
The Ottawa native is currently third in Canada West in kills per set at 3.96 and second in service aces at 0.46 per set and second in points per set at 4.71
The Spartans are back on the road this weekend to take on the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.
Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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