Bugiardini’s 33-point performance lands Canada West 3rd Star of the Week

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by Ali Lee, with files from Canada West

February 11, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – Despite a split weekend with Thompson Rivers, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team would not be on the board without reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year Jenna Bugiardini, who logged more than 35 minutes in each game of the double-header weekend.

The second-year Vike tallied 33 points in the 77-60 win over the WolfPack on Friday night. Single-handedly carrying the Vikes, Bugiardini became only the third person to get past a 31-point game after Debbie Yeboah (32) in 2011 and Kayla Dykstra (33) in 2009. She led all scorers and led the Vikes in rebounds (8), while logging the most minutes on the floor (36).

A fired up WolfPack team returned to the floor on Saturday and took the Vikes 84-82 and, despite the narrow defeat, it was still Bugardini who led the Vikes with 20 points and four rebounds.

The split weekend leaves the Vikes in third of the Pacific Division with a 14-6 record. This weekend, Feb. 14-15, the Vikes will have a home-and-home series with the UBC Thunderbirds to finish off the regular season.

– Canada West Release –

EDMONTON – Canada West First Stars of the Week, Jay Olmstead and Meg Casault, are both volleyball student-athletes from the University of Alberta.

Olmstead had a stellar final weekend to his regulat season career with the Golden Bears, while Casault powered the Pandas to a sweep of the top-ranked UBC Thunderbirds

Also earning honours this week on the men’s side are Jordan DePape (Manitoba) and Tommy Nixon (UBC). Standouts who rounded out the Three Stars on the women’s side are Desiree Ates (Regina) and Jenna Bugiardini (Victoria).

MEN

1st STAR: #8 Jay Olmstead, Alberta (volleyball)

Home: Edmonton, AB

Height: 6-3

Year: 5th

Academic: Business

Fifth-year left side Jay Olmstead, of the Alberta Golden Bears volleyball team, who hails from Edmonton, had a stellar final regular season weekend in the evergreen and gold colours.

The U of A School of Business student banked 47 kills, 16 digs, two aces and a combined 43% hitting percentage to lead the No.3 Alberta Golden Bears to a weekend split against the No.4 ranked UBC Thunderbirds. In the process, Olmstead climbed into the U of A record book and has finished his regular season career with the third most kills and points in Golden Bears conference history.

The 2012-13 CIS championship all-star had a strong Friday night, in a losing cause, as he put down a team high 20 kills in a 3-1 loss to UBC. On Saturday Olmstead was even better, hammering down a match high 27 kills and an impressive 52% hitting percentage to lead Alberta to a 3-1 win.

The 47 kills over the weekend gave him 885 in his career, which is third highest in Golden Bears conference history.

The Bears will now host the Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three quarterfinal series, beginning on Friday, February 14 in the Saville Community Sports Centre.

2nd STAR: #27 Jordan DePape, Manitoba (hockey)

With only two weeks left in the conference season, the Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team (11-11-4) earned a crucial road weekend sweep against the Lethbridge Pronghorns and kept ahead of a tight race for the fourth spot and being a host during the first round of playoffs.

During the two game road series, rookie forward Jordan DePape scored a hat trick and added three assists for consecutive multi-point games while adding a plus/minus rating of +6 along with being named second star for both contests.

The Winnipeg native started the weekend as a second star selection when he potted a hat-trick and added four shots and a +3 rating in the 8-2 win on Friday. Manitoba gained maximum points during the weekend with a 6-3 victory on Saturday and DePape added three assists, +3 rating and eight shots with another second star selection.

The rookie is rolling as he is now tied for fourth in team scoring with 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) and his point total is tied for third among conference rookie scoring. In addition, his +9 plus/minus rating leads the Bisons in this category.

The Bisons complete the regular season at home against the UBC Thunderbirds (10-14-2) on February 14-15, with major playoff implications as Manitoba could finish as high as fourth or as low as seventh and out of the playoffs. Game times are Friday and Saturday at Wayne Fleming Arena at the Max Bell Centre (U of Manitoba campus).

3rd STAR: #7 Tommy Nixon, UBC (basketball)

Fourth-year UBC forward Tommy Nixon led the Thunderbirds in scoring and rebounding in two victories over UBC Okanagan on the weekend.

In Friday’s 69-58 win, Nixon had 15 points and 13 rebounds, including eight points in a pivotal third quarter that prove’ to be the difference in the game.

Nixon made his mark again on Saturday as he scored a game-high 25 points and added seven rebounds in an 85-77 win for UBC. The Heat got themselves to within one point with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter on a Mitch Goodwin jumper, but they never got closer than that, thanks to Nixon, who scored the game’s next eight points, capped off by back-to-back three-point plays from the foul line, to put his team up 56-47.

With his strong play of late, Nixon has moved into 18th in Canada West scoring with an average of 13.5 points a game. He also sits 15th in league rebounding with 6.8 boards a game.

Fourth-place UBC currently holds down the final Pacific Division playoff spot and will conclude the regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against division leaders, Victoria.

WOMEN

1st STAR: #16 Meg Casault, Alberta (volleyball)

Home: Edmonton, AB

Height: 5-10

Year: 2nd

Academic: Phys.Ed. & Recreation

Meg Casault of the Alberta Pandas volleyball team, a student-athlete in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, was a massive part of Alberta’ success this past weekend. The sophomore outside hitter recorded a team high 38 kills to lead the Pandas to a weekend sweep of the CIS #1 UBC Thunderbirds. She also recorded 31 digs, one ace, and two blocks.

The back-to-back wins over UBC, which were Alberta’s fourth and fifth straight wins in conference play, the Pandas clinched fifth place in the conference standings, and became the first team to sweep UBC since October 30, 2010.

On Friday night, Alberta fell behind 2-0 to the six-time defending CIS champions, but Casault helped them shed that deficit, as the Pandas won three straight to win the match 3-2. Casault was a force in that comeback, as she recorded 23 kills to pace the Pandas. She also picked up an ace, 17 digs, two blocks and a 27% attack rating.

The next night, Casault powered the Pandas to a 2-0 lead against the No.1 ranked Birds, and eventually to a 3-1 match win and the weekend sweep. She once again led the Pandas in kills, this time banking 15 kills, while also picking up 14 digs.

The Pandas will now take on the Manitoba Bisons in a best-of-three quarterfinal series in Winnipeg.

2nd STAR: #12 Desiree Ates, Regina (volleyball)

Desiree Ates’ record-setting weekend helped lead the University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team to two road wins over No. 6-ranked UBC Okanagan on Friday and Saturday in Kelowna, B.C.

Ates led all players with 21 kills and had a team-high 16 digs in Friday’s four-set victory over the Heat. She was even better on Saturday, tying a school single-match record with 26 kills and collecting 18 digs to help give the Cougars the weekend sweep and their ninth win in their last 10 matches.

For the weekend, Ates totalled 47 kills for an average of 5.22 per set while also tying libero Megan Semeniuk for the team high with 34 digs. Ates also had five assists, four blocks, and two service aces in the two victories, which vaulted the Cougars over UBC Okanagan for sixth place in the Canada West standings.

Ates finished the season with 347 kills, eclipsing the old Canada West record of 344 set by Winnipeg’s Nicola Dirks back in 2006-07. She also finishes the conference schedule with U of R single-season records in kills per set (4.08) and attack attempts (873) and closes out her career as the school’s all-time leader in career kills per set (4.08).

The Cougars will meet Trinity Western in a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series that begins Thursday in Langley, B.C.

3rd STAR: #13 Jenna Bugiardini, Victoria (basketball)

Despite a split weekend with Thompson Rivers, the University of Victoria Vikes would not be on the board without reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year Jenna Bugiardini, who logged more than 35 minutes in the double-header weekend.

The second-year Vike tallied 33 points in the 77-60 win over the WolfPack on Friday night. Single-handedly carrying the Vikes, Bugiardini became only the third person to get past a 31-point game after Debbie Yeboah (32) in 2011 and Kayla Dykstra (33) in 2009. She led all scorers and led the Vikes in rebounds (8), while logging the most minutes on the floor (36).

A fired up WolfPack team returned to the floor on Saturday and took the Vikes 84-82 and, despite the narrow defeat, it was still Bugardini who led the Vikes with 20 points and four rebounds.

The split weekend leaves the Vikes in third of the Pacific Division with a 14-6 record. This weekend, Feb. 14-15, the Vikes will have a home-and-home series with the UBC Thunderbirds to finish off the regular season.

Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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