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PREVIEW: Final tune-up games see Vikes take on Mount Royal

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA—The UVic Vikes will get their last chance to prepare for the start of the Canada West regular season when they host the Mount Royal Cougars in a pair of games on October 28 and 29.
The games are scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

Mount Royal and UVic haven’t faced each other in three years. With the dissolution of the Pioneer and Explorer divisions ahead of the 2016-17 season, the teams will be in the same conference for the first time since 2013-14.

Last Time Out

The Vikes had a positive showing at the House Laughton tournament in Ottawa, Ontario the last time they were in action.

After a tough opening night loss to the reigning national champion Carleton Ravens the Vikes picked up back-to-back wins over the University of Western Ontario and the University of Laval.

Mount Royal is 1-3 in their pre-season schedule. Their most recent result was a 89-69 loss to Bishop’s University.

By the Numbers

1: There will be no divisions in Canada West basketball this season, with all teams playing in a single conference.

12: The number of teams that will make it into the conference playoffs.

3: Fifth-year Vike Grant Sitton was the team’s leading scorer in every game they played at the House Laughton tournament.

Coach’s Take
Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach
“We’ve had a couple injuries that have slowed our progress, that’s hurt us a little bit in terms of advancement, we’ve been forced to play guys out of position a little bit.”

“The biggest thing for us now is to have some consistency on both sides of the ball. We show flashes, but to put a consistent two-hour practice or four quarters of basketball together, that’s probably our biggest challenge.

Game Info
Friday, Oct. 288:00 p.m. – vs. Mount Royal Cougars –
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Saturday, Oct. 294:00 p.m. – vs. Mount Royal Cougars –
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Mount Royal Cougars 2015: (10-10)
2015 Canada West Standings: t-8 Explorer (t-3)
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

PREVIEW: Rivalry renewed in Vikes and Cascades playoff clash

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA—For the fourth time in five years the Vikes will do battle with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in the first round of the Canada West playoffs.

The Cascades, No. 8 in the U Sports national rankings and the Vikes play in Abbotsford on October 29 at 5:00 p.m.

By finishing second in the Pacific Division the Cascades earned the right to host the game against the fifth place Vikes. However, home field hasn’t always been an advantage in the rivalry between these teams.

The Cascades defeated the Vikes in a playoff game in Victoria in 2014 and the Vikes returned the favour last year by beating the Cascades in Abbotsford.

These teams met twice in the regular season with Fraser Valley winning both contests. The Vikes lost 3-0 in Abbotsford and then 2-1 in an extremely close game played on the turf at UVic due to the weather.

“There is a positive in the fact that we did play well when we hosted them here. The first time we played them we were short personnel. In order to beat them we have to eliminate the errors on our part,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David.

Last Time Out

A long road trip to Winnipeg was a struggle for the Vikes in their final two regular season games. They tied the Winnipeg Wesmen 0-0 and lost to the Manitoba Bisons 2-0.

The Vikes finished the regular season with a 5-5-4 record.

Fraser Valley played at home for their final two games. They tied the Calgary Dinos and beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns to finish their Canada West regular season schedule at 9-2-3.

By the Numbers

0: The number of goals scored the playoff game between these teams last year. The Vikes would go on to win 5-3 in penalty kicks.

34: The number of goals UFV scored in the regular season, good enough for second in Canada West.

5: The number of shutouts put up by fifth-year Vike Meaghan Storie during the season.

Coach’s Take
Tracy David, Vikes head coach
“This is do-or-die, we cannot afford to make any mistakes or have any blips. With that there is always a little bit of added pressure.”

“You need to have players that are going to rise to any occasion and be able to deal with the pressure in these circumstances. That’s where you look to your fourth and fifth-year players who have been in this situation before.”

“We know what Fraser Valley will bring to the table so that definitely helps. We see them twice every year and always meet up in the playoffs so we know them and they know us. There is a little bit of comfort in knowing your opposition.

Game Info
Saturday, Oct. 295:00 p.m. – @ Fraser Valley Cascades –
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Fraser Valley Cascades (9-2-3)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: 3 (Pacific: 2)
Last Week: 1-0-1
Streak: W 1
Last Canada West Title: 2010
Last CIS Title: N/A

PREVIEW: Canada West tournament gives Vikes another chance to test themselves against the best

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA—As the team continues to prepare for hosting the national championship, the UVic Vikes have another difficult slate of pre-season games ahead of them as the hosts of the Canada West tournament.

The tournament, hosted in Victoria at the CARSA Performance Gym, runs October 27-29 and features the Alberta Pandas, Saskatchewan Huskies, Regina Cougars, Fraser Valley Cascades, Calgary Dinos, UBC Thunderbirds and the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

The Vikes have arguably the toughest schedule of all the teams participating. They take on the Pandas and the Huskies, two of the three Canada West teams that qualified for the national championship last season.

Not only did the Huskies make it to nationals but they also won the tournament, claiming the crown of the top university basketball team in Canada in the process.

“That was the idea behind the tournament, it’s a chance to play some good competition and play those teams that we are not going to see during the year. We are excited by the opportunity,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair.

Last Time Out

It was a successful trip to Toronto for the Vikes last weekend. They went 2-1 in the Ryerson tournament, picking up wins against the Western Mustangs and the Cape Breton Capers.

The Pandas have gone 3-5 in their pre-season schedule. The team from Alberta is coming into the tournament off of a loss to the university of Regina Cougars.

The reigning national champion Huskies have struggled to try and regain their winning form from last year so far in the pre-season. They sit at a record of 1-4 but all four of their losses have been by five points or less.

“Saskatchewan graduated five of their key players last year and they are still a contender to win a championship. They’ve got an incredible team,” said Sinclair.

By the Numbers

35: The number of combined wins Alberta and Saskatchewan recorded in Canada West play last season. The teams lost just five games between them.

42: The number of points fifth-year Vikes Jenna Bugiardini scored through three games at the Ryerson tournament.

0: The Vikes won’t meet either the Pandas or the Huskies during the Canada West regular season.

Coach’s Take
Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach

“We are never happy, as coaches that’s part of the job. We have played well up until this point but that doesn’t matter. The only thing it does is give you a little confidence as a group and that confidence is well deserved because the team have been working hard.”

“We go into every game thinking that we can win. That’s what it is to play in Canada West, every game is a battle and there is not a lot of separation between any of the teams. We look forward to the challenges of these games.”

Game Info
Thursday, Oct. 277:00 p.m. – vs. Alberta Pandas –
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Alberta Pandas 2015: (17-3)
2015 CIS National Tournament: 5
2015 Canada West Standings: 4
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

Friday, Oct. 286:00 p.m. – vs. Saskatchewan Huskies –
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Saskatchewan Huskies 2015: (18-2)
2015 CIS National Tournament: 1
2015 Canada West Standings: 1
Last Canada West Title: 2015-16
Last CIS Title: 2015-16

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