Three stars of the week: Alberta’s Walsh, Saskatchewan’s Forbes named first stars

Three stars of the week: Alberta’s Walsh, Saskatchewan’s Forbes named first stars

Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • Alberta women’s volleyball setter Mariah Walsh is the Female First Star of the Week after back-to-back 44-assist efforts against Trinity Western
  • Saskatchewan Huskies basketball forward Matt Forbes is the Male First Star of the Week after a pair of double-doubles against the Mount Royal Cougars
  • Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Danielle Brisebois (female second star), Saskatchewan’s Logan McVeigh (male second star), Brandon’s Nikala Majewski (female third star), and Lethbridge’s Clint Filbrandt (male third star). 

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Mariah Walsh and Saskatchewan’s Matt Forbes are the Canada West Female and Male First Stars of the Week respectively after leading their teams to a pair of sweeps over the weekend. 

Walsh posted a pair of 44-assist nights for Alberta, as the Pandas swept the No. 3-ranked Trinity Western Spartans in conference volleyball action. With the victories, No. 1-ranked Alberta ran their record to 16-0 on the season, tying the 1994-95 edition of the Pandas for the longest win streak in program history. 

On the men’s side, Forbes lifted the Huskies to a pair of hardcourt wins over the Mount Royal Cougars, as the veteran forward combined for 46 points and 24 rebounds. With the wins, Saskatchewan improved to 11-5 on the season – good for fifth in the men’s basketball standings. 

Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Danielle Brisebois (female second star), Saskatchewan’s Logan McVeigh (male second star), Brandon’s Nikala Majewski (female third star), and Lethbridge’s Clint Filbrandt (male third star).

 

Female first star – Mariah Walsh

Alberta Pandas volleyball

Setter

4th-year

Calgary, Alta.

Game log: Friday, January 27 – 44 assists, four digs, and a kill in 3-1 W vs. Trinity Western / Saturday, January 28 – 44 assists, nine digs, and three block assists in 3-2 W vs. Trinity Western. 

Fourth-year Pandas Volleyball setter Mariah Walsh is the Canada West Female First Star of the Week after helping the Pandas sweep the nationally ranked Trinity Western Spartans.

Walsh recorded back-to-back 44 assist performances over the two-game series, as the U SPORTS No. 1 Pandas improved to 16-0 with a pair of wins over the No. 3 ranked Spartans. Alberta’s win also tied a program record with their 16th consecutive, which ties the previous mark set in 1994-95. 

The Pandas needed just four sets on Friday to earn the win over TWU, with the Calgary, Alta. native also chipping in with four digs and a kill in the win. Walsh backed up her strong performance with another on Saturday, recording another 44 assists, as well as nine digs and three block assists in the Pandas five set win over Trinity Western.

Following the 88-assist weekend, Walsh now sits second overall in Canada West and U SPORTS averaging 10.02 assists per set this season.  

The undefeated and top ranked Pandas will aim for a new program record this weekend, as they host the Mount Royal Cougars (7-9) at Saville Community Sports Centre Friday and Saturday.

 

Male first star – Matt Forbes

Saskatchewan Huskies basketball

Forward

5th-year

Regina Beach, Sask.

Education

Game log: Friday, January 27 – 26 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blcoks in 82-62 W vs. Mount Royal / Saturday, January 28 – 20 points, 12 rebounds, one steal and block in 90-87 W vs. Mount Royal. 

Fifth-year University of Saskatchewan forward Matt Forbes recorded two double-doubles in a weekend sweep over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars.  

The Regina Beach, Sask. product scored 26 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes in an 82-62 win on Friday night. A night later in the 90-87 win, the Education student tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. He also added three blocks and two steals in the weekend series. 

The Huskies wrap up their regular season home schedule this weekend, hosting the Alberta Golden Bears on February 3-4.

 

Female second star – Danielle Brisebois

UBC Thunderbirds volleyball

Outside Hitter

5th-year

Bolton, Ont.

Arts

Game log: Friday, January 27 – 21 kills, 10 digs, three block assists, and two aces in 3-1 W @ Calgary / Saturday, January 28 – 17 kills, 12 dig, and three block assists in 3-2 L @ Calgary.

Fifth-year UBC outside hitter Danielle Brisebois racked up 38 kills this weekend, as the Thunderbirds split a road doubleheader at Calgary.

The T-Birds defeated the Dinos on Friday in four sets on the strength of a season-high 21 kills, two aces and three blocks from Brisebois, who also added 10 digs in the contest.

On Saturday, Brisebois had 17 kills and 12 digs in a five-set thriller that ended in favour of the Dinos. She now sits seventh in the Canada West with 3.80 kills per set.

UBC is off this weekend, before returning to action at home in two weeks when the Regina Cougars come to town.

 

Male second star – Logan McVeigh

Saskatchewan Huskies hockey

Forward

2nd-year

Kenaston, Sask.

Arts & Science

Game log: Friday, January 27 – two goals and an assist in 10-2 vs. Regina / Saturday, January 28 – three goals in a 5-2 W @ Regina.

Second-year University of Saskatchewan forward Logan McVeigh recorded five goals and one assist in a weekend home-and-home series with provincial rival the Regina Cougars.

The Kenaston, Sask. product scored twice and added an assist in a 10-2 win on Friday night in Saskatoon. He tallied just 1:51 into the game and again on the power play at 4:28 in the second period. He added an assist on the Huskies’ ninth goal of the game. In Saturday’s 5-2 win in Regina, McVeigh recorded a hat trick scoring the Huskies’ first three goals at 11:07 in the first on the power play, 9:52 in the second and 1:34 in the third. 

The Huskies meet the Manitoba Bisons February 3-4 at Rutherford Rink. 

 

Female third star – Nikala Majewski

Brandon Bobcats volleyball

Left Side

3rd-year

Winnipeg, Man.

Physical Education 

Game log: Friday, January 27 – 21 kills, 10 digs, two blocks, and an ace in 3-1 W vs. Manitoba / Saturday, January 28 – 12 kills, four digs, and two aces in 3-0 W vs. Manitoba.

Nikala Majewski has elevated her game in the past few weeks, and most importantly, lifted the Brandon Bobcats back into the playoff picture. After entering the second half of the season with a 2-8 record, Majewski and the Bobcats have won five of their last six to climb the Canada West conference standings.

Last weekend Majewski showed her offensive brilliance by blowing away the Manitoba Bisons in a weekend sweep.

On Friday, Majewski tied a career-high with 21 kills – which she set earlier this season against the Saskatchewan Huskies – that helped the Bobcats battle back from an early deficit. She followed that up with 12 kills (on just 34 swings) in a straight-sets trouncing of the Bisons. 

Majewski and the Bobcats are now playing their best volleyball of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as they head west this coming weekend for a pair of matches against the No. 3 nationally ranked Trinity Western Spartans.

 

Male third star – Clint Filbrandt

Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey

Defence

1st-year

Calgary, Alta.

Arts

Game log: Friday, January 27 – goal and an assist in 5-2 W vs. UBC / Saturday, January 28 – one goal and three assists in 8-7 OTW vs. UBC.

With his team facing a virtual must-win weekend, freshman rearguard Clint Filbrandt was an offensive catalyst during the Lethbridge Pronghorn men’s hockey team’s sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds, combining for six points over the two games.

Friday night, the Calgary, Alta. product scored once and added an assist in the Pronghorns 5-2 win. He also registered three shots on goal and was a plus-two on the night. 

Saturday afternoon, Filbrandt registered a career high four points, scoring on a breakaway, while assisting on three other goals, including the overtime winning goal, in an 8-7 overtime win.

With the two wins, the Pronghorns now lead the Thunderbirds by four points for the final playoff spot in Canada West with four games to play. 

On the season, Filbrandt is fifth among defensemen in scoring in Canada West with six goals and 10 assists in 20 games.

The Pronghorns head out on the road looking to solidify their playoff position, travelling to Edmonton to take on the No. 6-ranked Alberta Golden Bears.