Big cats hit playoffs
by Kelsey Hipkin
Sitting in second place in the ACAC standings going in to the playoffs, the Cougars men’s volleyball
team looked poised to bring home some hardware. However, this wasn’t the case as the team had a “tough weekend”
according to events and communications coordinator Kyle Henry. With head coach Shawn Sky (recently named ACAC coach of the year) leading the way, the team won Feb. 26 against King’s University College but lost to Briercrest on Feb. 27 and Grant MacEwan on Feb. 28 to miss out on the bronze, taking
fourth place overall. This is only the third time since 1985, according to Henry, that a team other than Mount Royal or Red Deer has taken the gold. “To not have Mount Royal or Red Deer win is pretty big for men’s volleyball,”
he said. The SAIT Trojans took the gold for their first ACAC championship in 25 years.
Like the men’s team, women’s volleyball took a fourth place finish on the year as well. The lady Cougars were also second
in ACAC standings heading
into playoffs. They met up with Keyano College on Feb. 26 taking all three sets but fell to Grant MacEwan on Feb. 27 and Grande Prairie on Feb. 28 just missing out on a bronze.
The Cougars men’s basketball team won two straight in a three game series against Lakeland College. The series win gives the team a ticket into the final four being hosted by MRU the weekend
of March 5.
The women’s basketball team wasn’t quite as successful as the men’s, losing their series against King’s University College. The team will not advance to playoffs.
The last time the women’s team brought home some hardware
was a bronze in the ‘07-‘08 season.
The men’s hockey team will have a challenging weekend March 5 as they are down two games to none in a five game series against Concordia. Henry said it will be “do or die” every game for the team who took three of four against the Thunder in the regular season.
Continuing with their strong regular season, the women’s hockey team took a 2-0 lead in their five game series against SAIT. The weekend of March 5 will see them facing Concordia on their home ice for game three, and then heading to SAIT for game four if necessary.