Both Brandon University Bobcat volleyball teams will face difficult tests in Edmonton this weekend against the University of Alberta.
The 2-0 BU men’s team, which is ranked fourth in the country, is coming off a pair of victories over the Regina Cougars, but the Bobcats were inconsistent in their first match and that’s something the team will have to improve, especially since the Golden Bears are ranked No.1 in the country.
While BU head coach Grant Wilson is looking for a more consistent effort from his troops, he’s also interested to see how his squad measures up to Alberta (2-0), a team Brandon beat in the conference semifinals last season en route to its first Canada West title.
“It’s obviously a good measuring stick,” Wilson said. “They’re perennially one of the best teams in the country and we’re going to go in there and see how we match up.”
Meanwhile, the Pandas look ripe for the taking for the 2-0 Bobcats women’s volleyball team, which is ranked sixth in the country. The Pandas are a young group this season and dropped both of their season-opening matches to the host Saskatchewan Huskies.
That’s exactly why Bobcats head coach Lee Carter doesn’t want to treat them too lightly.
“(The match is) very dangerous,” he said. “They’re coming off two losses to Saskatchewan and you know they’ve trained really hard. It’s a really proud organization with a lot of really strong coaching, so they’re going to be a really well-prepared team this week. It’s their home opener and there will be a lot of energy and excitement.”
Both teams play today and Saturday.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 1, 2013