NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Alberta Golden Bears volleyball left side Ryley Barnes and Manitoba Bisons hockey forward Alanna Sharman were named the Canada West 1st Stars of the Week for their stellar performances while steering their teams to road victories over the weekend.
Barnes tallied 29 kills, three aces and 10 digs, as well as a combined .449 attack percentage to lead the No.1-ranked Golden Bears to a sweep of the No.7 Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon.
Meanwhile, Sharman scored four goals, and assisted on another while registering a plus/minus rating of +5 as the Bisons passed an early road test at Mount Royal.
Soccer standouts Dominic Colantonio (Victoria Vikes) and Colin Hasick (Calgary Dinos) were honoured as Men’s 2nd and 3rd Star of the Week, respectively.
In women’s sports, Hannah Haughn (UBC Thunderbirds Field Hockey, 2nd Star) and Janelle Zapski (Saskatchewan Huskies Soccer, 3rd Star) were also recognized.
1st Star: #12, Ryley Barnes, Alberta (Volleyball)
Third-year University of Alberta Golden Bears volleyball left side Ryley Barnes is the Canada West 1st Star of the Week following his performance over the October 17-18 weekend.
Barnes, who is from St. Paul, Alberta, finished the weekend with 29 kills, and a combined .449 attack percentage, as well as with three aces and 10 digs as the No.1 ranked Golden Bears recorded a road sweep of the No.7-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies.
On Friday night, he banked a match-high 12 kills to lead Alberta to a straight sets win, while also picking up two aces and five digs.
In game two, on Saturday night, the Physical Education and Recreation student paced the Bears’ offence with 17 kills, the match-high once again, and he spun one ace and recorded another five digs.
Alberta, the defending Canada West and CIS champions, is now off to a 4-0 start, and hasn’t lost a set in conference play this year.
They return to action this weekend when they host the 4-0 Trinity Western Spartans.
2nd Star: #21 Dominic Colantonio, Victoria (Soccer)
In probably the biggest winning weekend of the season, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team did what they needed to clinch a hosting seed in the Canada West quarter-finals and then some. On October 18 Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson rested over half of his usual starting line-up against defending CIS champions, UBC, preparing for a much-needed win the following night against Fraser Valley.
Much to Wilson’s surprise and pleasure, the young Vikes lineup that showed up to play the powerhouse T-Birds, now 9-2-1, served them their second loss of the season. The Vikes, who still only have one loss to their name, earned those unexpected three points thanks to third-year midfielder Dominic Colantonio. In his final regular season weekend at home, the humanities major put away a penalty kick in the 83rd minute and one-timed a ball from the top of the 18-yard-box in the 90th to stun the Thunderbirds. The Vikes had not defeated UBC in regular season play since October 16, 2011, the same year the Vikes won their fifth CIS national title.
The Friday win eased efforts in Saturday’s match up against Fraser Valley, where the Vikes went on to sweep the weekend with a 3-1 victory. Colantonio was a starter in the match and went on to enjoy the six-point weekend and, ultimately, hosting rights for their conference quarterfinal match up. The Vikes will play Fraser Valley on October 25 at 7:15 p.m. The winner will move on to the conference Final Four to be played at the top Prairie Division school.
3rd Star: #1 Colin Hasick, Calgary (Soccer)
Goalkeeper Colin Hasick hasn’t lost a game all season long when he has started for the Dinos in net.
On the weekend, the third-year Arts student recorded his sixth shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over Lethbridge. He finished the regular season with a 0.25 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.949, good for first in the nation. He ranks second in the CIS in goals against average with 0.25.
Hasick has been in net for eight of Calgary’s nine wins, being a major factor in helping set a new program record for wins (9), win streak (9) and points (27). Their best ever regular season record led the Dinos to a spot in the postseason where they finished second in the Prairie Division.
The Dinos will take on the Alberta Golden Bears in the Canada West quarterfinal at West Varsity Pitch at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday.
1st Star: #24 Alanna Sharman, Manitoba (Hockey)
In women’s hockey, the Manitoba Bisons went on the road and swept the Mount Royal Cougars over the October 17-19 weekend.
During the road sweep, Manitoba rookie forward Alanna Sharman was instrumental in gaining the maximum six points for the team as she was part of five of the seven goals scored by the Bisons over the two-game series.
Sharman was named first star in both wins as she scored four goals and one assist with a plus/minus rating of +5 along with four shots (all goals).
On Friday, October 17, the Winnipeg native scored twice and added an assist with a+3 rating in the 4-1 victory. The next day, the 5’8” rookie added two more goals (one on the power play) and finished with a +2 rating in the 3-1 win.
With the win, Manitoba is in a battle for first place in the Canada West standings as they now have a 4-1-1 record.
Sharman is tied for eighth in conference scoring and second in conference rookie scoring with six points (four goals and two assists).
The Bisons (4-1-1) return home to host the Lethbridge Pronghorns (1-0-5) on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26. Both games will be held at Wayne Fleming Arena (U of Manitoba campus) and will be played at 1 p.m. CT.
2nd Star: #13 Hannah Haughn, UBC (Field Hockey)
It was a stellar weekend for “Hat Trick” Hannah Haughn of the UBC Thunderbirds women's field hockey team.
The North Vancouver, B.C., native scored three goals in a 9-0 win against the University of Calgary Dinos on Saturday and then repeated the feat on Sunday as the T-Birds clinched the Canada West championship with a 4-0 victory.
Coming into the weekend, UBC needed to sweep the two-game set and outscore the Dinos by at least nine goals in the process to win the league title ahead of the University of Victoria on a tiebreaker.
The six goals by the third-year Arts student were a huge reason UBC was able to regain the Canada West banner from Victoria.
Haughn's performance on the weekend also allowed her to win the conference scoring race with 11 goals on the season. She was named a Canada West All-Star on Sunday.
3rd Star: #4 Janelle Zapski, Saskatchewan (Soccer)
University of Saskatchewan striker Jenelle Zapski finished up the regular season much like she started, by scoring. Leading the Huskies to a regular season final weekend sweep at home versus provincial rivals University of Regina, Zapski scored four goals and cemented herself in the Huskie record books.
In Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Cougars, the third-year Kinesiology student tallied in the 57th minute on a penalty kick. It was her 11th goal of the season. A day later in a 3-1 win, Zapski scored a first half hat trick to secure the victory and home playoff advantage. Her goals were in the first, 23rd, and 40th minutes. She finishes the season as the conference’s leading scorer with 14 goals and 30 points. Her 14 goals in the season set a Huskie program record and put her second all-time on the Canada West single season scoring list.
Zapski and the Huskies remain home to host the quarterfinal matchup against the MacEwan Griffins Sunday at 12 p.m. on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park.
Image Credit: Alberta Golden Bears/Manitoba Bisons