NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Victoria Vikes’ Cameron Stokes and UFV Cascades’ Carley Radomski were named the Canada West 1st Stars of the Week for their noteworthy performances while playing under pressure in the Canada West soccer playoffs over the weekend.
Stokes scored twice against the Cascades, including the game-winner during injury time to book the Vikes’ ticket to the Canada West Men’s Soccer Final Four at Saskatchewan.
Meanwhile, Radomski scored twice herself to lead the Cascades women’s side to a 3-0 road win over Victoria. UFV will now play Alberta in the Canada West Women’s Soccer Final Four at Trinity Western.
Also honoured are Ryley Barnes (Alberta) and Mac McNicol (UBC) for the men and Katy Klomps (UBC Okanagan) and Samantha Langford (UBC) for the women.
1st Star: #11, Cameron Stokes, Victoria (Soccer)
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team advanced to the Canada West Final Four following a two-goal performance on October 26 from fifth-year forward Cameron Stokes. The game was rescheduled from Saturday night at Centennial Stadium to the UVic artificial turf, an advantage for Fraser Valley, whose home pitch is the same surface. Regardless, it was the Vikes who came out victorious in the competitive battle with Stokes scoring his ninth and 10th goals of the season, including the game winner in added time.
The home side went up first in the 34th minute when Tarnvir Bhandal threaded a pass through to a streaking Stokes up the left side. A calm right-footed finish beat Cascades keeper Mark Village for Stokes’ ninth goal of the season. The Cascades tied it up right before half time, giving the visitors momentum in the second half. Some quality Victoria defence and goalkeeping kept the game square at one and just when the game seemed doomed for overtime, Stokes pulled out his heroics.
In added time Stokes got up on the end of a Paulo Dait cross to head the ball past Village for a 2-1 victory in the Canada West quarterfinal. The win sends the Vikes to next week’s Canada West Final Four where they will first face hosts Saskatchewan. A win puts the Vikes in the conference final but more importantly guarantees them a berth at the CIS National Championship hosted at UPEI November 6-9.
2nd Star: #12, Ryley Barnes, Alberta (Volleyball)
One week after earning the Canada West 1st Star of the Week, fourth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears volleyball left-side Ryley Barnes is back on the honour list following his performance over the October 24-25 weekend.
Barnes has been a tour de force of late, but at home against the #2 Trinity Western Spartans he was simply on another level. The St. Paul, Alberta born student-athlete picked up a whopping 48 kills over the weekend, as well as two aces, 19 digs, four blocks and a .240 attack percentage, and he did it all despite playing out of position. Normally a left-side hitter, Barnes spent the entire weekend playing right-side against Trinity, and still powered #1 Alberta to back-to-back wins, keeping Alberta undefeated on the season.
Over his last four matches (15 sets), Barnes has banked 77 kills, including his 500th career conference kill, five aces and 29 digs, and he now leads the country in kills (95) and points (109.5).
On Friday night it looked as though the Spartans would waltz to victory as they quickly went up 2-0 on the Bears, including 24-21 in the third match, only to see Alberta storm back and win the match 3-2. Barnes finished with 26 kills, one ace, 11 digs and three blocks.
In the rematch Barnes crushed 22 kills to lift the Bears to a 3-1 win. He also picked up an ace, eight digs and one block.
The Golden Bears will play the Calgary Dinos, in Calgary, over the October 31st-November 1st weekend.
3rd Star: #8 Mac McNicol, UBC (Volleyball)
Mac McNicol knocked down 36 kills over two games to lead the UBC Thunderbirds to a pair of comeback victories over the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack in Kamloops, B.C., on the weekend.
The third-year outside hitter from Calgary got 20 kills in Friday's win by UBC, including nine in the last two sets as the T-Birds rallied from a 2-1 deficit. He also had eight digs and three block assists. McNicol ended the match with 21.5 points.
In Saturday's 3-2 victory, McNicol recorded 16 kills, two solo blocks and four block assists to total 20 points. He helped the Thunderbirds win three straight sets after they fell behind 2-0. McNicol's solo block on Casey Knight ended the fourth set and his final kill of the night clinched the fifth set and the UBC win.
McNicol, an Applied Science student, now sits eighth in the Canada West with a .304 hitting percentage.
1st Star: #11 Carley Radomski, UFV (Soccer)
Carley Radomski supplied the finishing touch to spark the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team to a playoff upset on the road.
The second-year midfielder from Langley, B.C. scored twice to lead the Cascades to a 3-0 victory over the CIS No. 5-ranked Victoria Vikes in the Canada West quarterfinals on Saturday.
Playing under a steady downpour at UVic’s Centennial Stadium, Radomski scored in the 37th and 57th minutes, both times picking the bottom corner on strikes from the top of the box.
Cascades coach Rob Giesbrecht termed Radomski’s performance “outstanding.”
“We put her in more of an attacking role,” he said. “(Fellow midfielders) Avneet Bhullar and Kara Delwo did a great job defensively and allowed Radomski to spend more energy in the attack, and she had two great finishes.”
2nd Star: #10 Katy Klomps, UBC Okanagan (Volleyball)
In UBC Okanagan’s two women’s volleyball wins this past weekend Katy Klomps was her usual dominant self, scoring 12 points on both Friday and Saturday night to help slow down the defending CIS national champion Manitoba Bisons and power the Heat to 3-1 and 3-0 victories in Kelowna on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Friday night Katy would have eight kills in the four sets but efficiently scored at a .438 rate. Katy also was a force at the net with six block assists and served tough, scoring an ace in the Heat’s four set win.
On Saturday, UBC Okanagan took the Bisons out in three sets and Klomps was one again a force, as she finished with seven kills and a sublime .636 rate, while not committing an attack error. Klomps was clearly a weapon defensively with five blocks, and once again threw in a service ace for good measure.
Both nights she scored 12 points and on both nights, with Katy in the middle the Heat were able to slow down Manitoba’s kill specialist, Rachel Cockrell, holding her to her lowest kill totals on the year, under five a set, being the first team to do so in 2014.
UBC Okanagan, who have twice defeated the #1 team in the country and have beaten the defending champs twice, will play the UBC Thunderbirds, the 2013-14 Canada West Champions. The action takes place at War Memorial this Friday and Saturday night and can be viewed on CanadaWest.TV.
3rd Star: #1 Samantha Langford, UBC (Hockey)
Goaltender Samantha Langford continued her impressive fourth season with the UBC Thunderbirds, helping her team earn four points on the weekend against the University of Regina Cougars.
She stopped 29 of 32 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday night at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
The Pense, Sask., native followed that performance up with a 30-save shutout of the Cougars on Saturday night. She was especially clutch in the third period, as Regina outshot UBC 14-5. Langford shut the door, stopping two shorthanded breakaways in the final period to preserve the victory.
Langford, a Kinesiology student, now owns three shutouts on the season, good enough for second in the Canada West. She's also second in save percentage (.956) and third in goals against average (1.12). Her record is a stellar 5-1-1.
Image Credit: Victoria Vikes/UFV Cascades