Canada West Communications
- Calgary Dinos volleyball player Curtis Stockton is the conference male first star of the week after setting the Canada West single-match kills record with 40 this past Saturday.
- Regina Cougars basketball forward Katie Polischuk is the female first star of the week, after combining for 45 points and 15 rebounds in a sweep of the Manitoba Bisons. Polischuk became the 11th Cougar all-time to crack the 1,000 career point mark.
- Also earning star honours this week were: Saskatchewan’s Jesse Forsberg (male second star), Victoria’s Nicole Karstein (female second star), Manitoba’s Devren Dear (male third star), and UNBC’s Maria Mongomo (female third star).
EDMONTON – Saturday night was one for the history books, as Calgary Dinos outside hitter Curtis Stockton etched his name in the Canada West men’s volleyball record book with 40 kills – the most in a single conference match.
Thanks to his 40-kill night and 20 kills the night prior, Stockton led the Dinos to a two-game sweep of the MacEwan Griffins, and is the Canada West male first star of the week.
The Melbourne, Australia product surpassed the conference record of 36, which had been shared by Paul Sanderson (Brandon) and Kevin Tillie (Thompson Rivers) since 2010.
Earning female first star honours is fifth-year Regina Cougars guard Katie Polischuk, who became just the 11th player in program history to crack the 1,000 career point mark over the weekend.
The Brantford, Ont. product combined for 45 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a convincing sweep of the Manitoba Bisons.
Also earning star honours this week were: Saskatchewan’s Jesse Forsberg (male second star), Victoria’s Nicole Karstein (female second star), Manitoba’s Devren Dear (male third star), and UNBC’s Maria Mongomo (female third star).
Male first star – Curtis Stockton
Calgary Dinos volleyball
Game log: Friday, January 13 – 20 kills, nine digs and two aces in 3-1 W @ MacEwan / Saturday, January 14 – Canada West record 40 kills, 12 digs, six blocks and an ace in 3-2 W @ MacEwan.
The University of Calgary Dinos men’s volleyball team improved their record to .500 over the weekend with a road sweep of the MacEwan Griffins. Leading the way was outside hitter Curtis Stockton, who recorded a CW single-match record 40 kills Saturday.
The fifth-year has consistently led the Dinos on offence all season, and that didn’t change over the weekend. The Australian recorded a team-high 20 kills and added nine digs and two aces to lead the Dinos to a 3-1 victory on Friday night.
On Saturday, the Dinos stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to earn the comeback win in five, as Stockton set a new Canada West record for kills in a single match with 40. Stockton broke the conference mark of 36 kills, which was shared by Paul Sanderson (Brandon) and Kevin Tillie (Thompson Rivers) since 2010.
The Dinos will take on the Manitoba Bisons, Jan. 20-21 so continue their road trip before heading home to host the UBC Thunderbirds.
Female first star – Katie Polischuk
Regina Cougars basketball
Game log: Friday, January 13 – 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, blocks and steals in 93-44 W vs. Manitoba / Saturday, January 14 – 26 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 92-59 W vs. Manitoba.
Katie Polischuk became the 11th player in University of Regina women’s basketball history to hit 1,000 career points after a big weekend in the team’s two-game sweep over Manitoba.
Polischuk scored a game-high 19 points in Friday’s 93-44 win, leaving her 17 points shy of the 1,000-point milestone entering Saturday’s game. And she hit the mark before halftime, taking a pass from Michaela Kleisinger and drilling a long three from the top of the arc. She finished with 26 points and matched her career high with 12 rebounds on Saturday, and also passed former Simon Fraser player Dani Langford for third place in Canada West history in career three-pointers made.
For the weekend, Polischuk finished with 45 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a pair of blocks. She shot 47% from the field overall and was 6-for-16 (37.5%) from three-point range in the two wins.
Regina visits the Brandon Bobcats this weekend for a pair of games (Jan. 20-21).
Male second star – Jesse Forsberg
Saskatchewan Huskies hockey
Agriculture & Bioresources
Game log: Friday, January 13 - +1, four shots in 4-0 W vs. Calgary / Saturday, January 14 – hat trick and an assist in 8-2 W vs. Calgary.
Third-year University of Saskatchewan defenceman Jesse Forsberg recorded four points in a dominating weekend sweep over the No. 7 ranked Calgary Dinos.
The Waldheim, Sask. product was a +1 in Friday’s 4-0 shutout victory. A night later in an 8-2 win, the Agriculture & Bioresources student tallied at 8::17 I and 19:47 in the first period. Both goals came on the power play. He completed the hat trick at 8:54 in the third period. He also assisted on the Huskies’ sixth goal of the game.
Forsberg is the first Huskie defencemen to lead the team in scoring since Dave Dunn in 1969-70. He sits second among all skaters in the conference with 23 points.
The No. 2-ranked Huskies travel to meet the UBC Thunderbirds this weekend.
Female second star – Nicole Karstein
Victoria Vikes basketball
Game log: Friday, January 13 – 22 points, 10 rebounds and one block in 78-67 W @ UBCO / Saturday, January 14 – 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 75-52 W @ UBCO.
Fifth-year forward Nicole Karstein finished the weekend with 39 points and 18 rebounds to lead the UVic Vikes to a weekend sweep of the UBCO Heat in Kelowna.
The product of Kamloops, B.C. led the Vikes in scoring on both nights, while also finishing just two rebounds shy of recording back-to-back double-doubles.
Karstein was especially dominant for the Vikes on Friday night, scoring a season-high 22 points while also picking up her second double-double in Canada West play.
On Saturday, Karstein proved that she can be a provider as well as a finisher, leading the team with 17 points while also picking up four assists from the post.
The Vikes return home after four straight games on the road to face the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Jan. 20-21, hoping to improve their home record to 4-1.
Male third star – Devren Dear
Manitoba Bisons volleyball
St. Andrews, Man.
Game log: Friday, January 13 – 20 kills 10 digs and an ace in 3-2 W vs. UBC / Saturday, January 14 – 27 kills, eight digs and two aces in 3-1 W vs. UBC.
In an intense battle of Canada West men’s volleyball teams, the No. 3 Manitoba Bisons prevailed in a two match weekend sweep against the UBC Thunderbirds. Bison fifth-year right side hitter Devren Dear was dominant throughout the two victories.
Dear accumulated 47 kills along with 18 digs, five total blocks, three service aces, three assists and 52.5 points while starting and playing in all nine sets over the weekend.
Friday, Dear had a match-high 20 kills (.292 hitting percentage) and match-high 22 points, while adding ten digs, as Manitoba rallied from an 11-7 deficit in the fifth set to win. The next day, the St. Andrews, MB native finished with another match-high 27 kills (on a strong .453 hitting percentage) and match-high 30.5 points with eight digs, three total blocks, two service aces and assists during a 3-1 victory.
Dear is fourth in conference kills with 179 and sixth in conference hitting percentage at .314. He is also tied for 11th in service aces in Canada West with 13, and is fourth in conference points with 211.0 in 14 Canada West matches.
The Bisons (13-1) have won 12 consecutive conference matches and are tied for first place in Canada West and now host the Calgary Dinos (7-7) at Investors Group Athletic Centre (U of M campus) on January 20th and 21st.
Female third star – Maria Mongomo
UNBC Timberwolves basketball
Las Palmas, Spain
Game log: Friday, January 13 – 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in 70-48 W vs. Mount Royal / Saturday, January 14 – 15 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in 64-55 W vs. Mount Royal.
The UNBC women’s basketball team came into the weekend needing a pair of wins to maintain their playoff hopes. With Mount Royal in town, Timberwolves star Maria Mongomo stepped up in a huge way. The native of Las Palmas, Spain delivered a pair of double-double performances.
On Friday, January 13th, Mongomo showed why she is the most diverse players in the country. She tallied a 10-point, 11-rebound, five-assist performance in just 26 minutes, as the Timberwolves took out the Cougars 70-48. The following evening, the second-year had 15 points, 11 rebounds, and two steals as UNBC completed a crucial sweep of Mount Royal with a 64-55 victory.
The T-Wolves improved to 5-9 and are firmly in the playoff picture. Mongomo has been an incredible contributor all season, with 15.9 points per game (9th in CW), 8.4 rebounds per game (7th in CW), 3.1 assist per games (10th in CW), and 2.8 steals per game (6th in CW).