The Brandon University Bobcats men’s volleyball team enjoyed the West Coast so much last week that they’re heading back there.
The Bobcats, ranked 10th in the country, will be in Langley, B.C., on Friday to battle the host Trinity Western Spartans — ranked second in CIS — in the Canada West conference final four, with the winner securing one of two spots for the conference at the national championship in Calgary.
<t-4>Brandon advanced to the final four by upsetting the fourth-ranked UBC Thunderbirds 3-2 (20-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-15,
21-19) late Friday night in Vancouver to sweep their best-of-three conference quarter-final. It was a big win for the Bobcats, and head coach Grant Wilson feels his squad is hitting its stride at the right time.<t$>
"In the last three weeks of the season, we had flashes," he said. "It was one of those things that we had so many changes in our lineup throughout the course of the year due to injuries and different circumstances that we never got into a great flow.
"Our lineup has been a little more consistent lately and guys are more familiar with their roles and hopefully we’ll continue to improve here as we go forward."
Sebastien Steigmeier led the Bobcats with 18 kills and was involved in five blocks, while Sam Tuivai added 15 kills and Dan Boutwell had 11. Frank Jones was involved in nine blocks for BU. Ben Chow had 17 kills for UBC, with Alex Russell adding 16.
Meanwhile, in Regina, both Bobcat basketball teams ended their seasons on a losing note on Saturday night.
The BU women dropped to 6-16 on the season with a 88-63 loss to the fourth-ranked Regina Cougars (20-2). Cassie Cooke, the top scorer in the country with 23.6 points per game, ended her season with a bang, posting 34 points and grabbing a team-high seven boards. Madi Docherty paced the Cougars with 22 points.
In the men’s game, the Bobcats (6-16) trailed by as many as 19 points in the third quarter and ran out of time to complete their comeback as they fell 69-66 to the host Cougars (5-17). Jordan Reaves capped his university career with a game-high 21 points, while Ilarion Bonhomme added 14 points for Brandon. Brandon Tull replied with 15 for Regina.
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