The Brandon University Bobcats had a perfect start to their Canada West men’s volleyball season on the weekend.
The Bobcats — ranked sixth in the country — didn’t lose a set as they swept the host Regina Cougars 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) on Saturday and 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-17) on Friday. New BU head coach Grant Wilson was happy to see his team get off to a quick start and believed they accomplished their goals for the opening weekend.
“For the most part, we did what we wanted to do,” he said.
“I was really pleased with how we dealt with the score. We didn’t really get fazed if we were down and we didn’t get too excited if we were up. We kept an even keel and we stayed focused no matter what was going on around us.”
Sam Tuivai and Rob McLean both had nine kills and five digs on Saturday, while Dan Boutwell and D.J. McCharles were both involved in six blocks. Brendan White was involved in five of Brandon’s 12.5 team blocks. McCharles led the Bobcats with 12 kills on Friday. Tuivai was right behind with 11 and White was involved in eight blocks.
Meanwhile, the BU women’s volleyball team bounced back from a tough five-set loss on Friday with an impressive 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-20) win over the Cougars on Saturday. Shanlee McLennan led the way with 12 kills and six digs. Meaghan Robertson had six kills and no attack errors in the match and Chloe Reimer dug up 12 balls.
BU head coach Lee Carter emphasized to his players how important it was to leave Regina with a split, and he liked their performance in the rematch.
“I think that’s the resiliency we talked about (before the season); just having the confidence that they can play better and coming out with a purpose,” he said. “It was really important for us to play this way.”
Meanwhile, the BU men’s basketball team fell 79-64 to the Winnipeg Wesmen at a pre-season tournament at Winnipeg on Saturday. Kenonte Ramsey and Jordan Reaves both had 19 points and eight rebounds for Brandon, while Ilarion Bonhomme chipped in with 11 points and eight assists.
At a tournament in Jamestown, N.D., the BU women’s basketball team fell 80-48 to the Mayville State Comets Saturday.
Aimee Johnston led Brandon with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Chantel Gaslard chipped in with nine points, four boards and three steals.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 29, 2012