Canada West Communications
NEW WESTMINSTER - UBC Thunderbirds netminder Danielle Dube and UFV Cascades guard Kevon Parchment are the Canada West Female and Male First Stars of the Week respectively for the period ending Sunday, January 17.
Dube backstopped the T-Birds to a weekend sweep of the previously No. 10-ranked Alberta Pandas. The fifth-year veteran stopped 48 of 49 shots she faced, leading UBC to a 4-0 win Friday and a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime win on Saturday. The victories propelled the Thunderbirds to the top of the Canada West women’s hockey standings.
In a pair of wins over the UNBC Timberwolves, Parchment posted double-doubles for the Cascades, who earned a 63-56 victory Friday, before completing the sweep with a 62-47 victory Saturday night. Parchment is the only player in the conference in the top 10 in all five major statistical categories and is top five in rebounds (9.1, fourth), assists (5.1, second), and blocks (1.6, fifth).
Also earning star honours this week were: UBCO’s Megan Festival (female second star), UBC’s Irvan Brar (male second star), Brandon’s Shanlee McLennan (female third star), and Calgary’s Jackson Maris (male third star).
Female First Star – Danielle Dube
UBC Thunderbirds hockey
New Westminster, BC
Game log: Friday, January 15 – 25-save shutout in 4-0 W vs. Alberta / Saturday, January 16 – 24 saves in 2-1 2OT W vs. Alberta.
UBC Thunderbirds goalie Danielle Dube was a wall over the Blue and Gold’s two-game series against the Alberta Pandas, as they swept the reigning Canada West champions on the backs of a 4-0 shutout, and a 2-1 double-overtime decision.
Dube made 25 saves in Friday’s 4-0 win, providing a steadying presence in the early going, as UBC was outshot 9-6 in the opening frame. Dube’s play allowed the ‘Birds to earn a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, and they never looked back.
The second showing was a terrific one from the veteran netminder, as Dube saw 65:10 of action, making 24 saves, including seven in overtime, in the 2-1 double-overtime win.
UBC hosts fourth place Saskatchewan this weekend.
Male First Star – Kevon Parchment
UFV Cascades basketball
Game log: Friday, January 15 – 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists in 63-56 W vs. UNBC / Saturday, January 16 – 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five steals in 62-47 W vs. UNBC.
Kevon Parchment notched a pair of double-doubles to lead the UFV men’s basketball team to a pair of weekend wins over the UNBC Timberwolves.
The fifth-year guard from Scarborough, Ont. registered 16 points, 12 rebounds and three assists on Friday to spark a fourth-quarter comeback, as UFV prevailed 63-56. In Saturday’s rematch, he racked up 16 points, 11 boards, five assists and five steals as the Cascades won 62-47.
Parchment also spearheaded a tremendous defensive effort which saw the Cascades limit UNBC star Rhys Elliott to 9.5 points per game on the weekend. Elliott was second in Canada West scoring coming in, averaging 22.1 points.
Parchment is the only player in the conference in the top 10 in all five major counting stats: points (17.4, seventh), rebounds (9.1, fourth), assists (5.1, second), blocks (1.6, fifth) and steals (2.0, sixth).
The Cascades are on the road to face the MacEwan Griffins this Friday and Saturday in Edmonton, as part of the Bell NBA All-Star Challenge.
Female Second Star – Megan Festival
UBCO Heat volleyball
Game log: Game log: Friday, January 15 – 11 kills, 13 digs, three aces in 3-1 W vs. Alberta / Saturday, January 16 – 19 kills, 12 digs in 3-2 W vs. Alberta.
In a Canada West women’s volleyball first place showdown between the top-ranked Alberta Pandas and the third-ranked UBC Okanagan Heat it was fourth-year outside hitter Megan Festival that helped the home Heat sweep away the Pandas in comeback fashion on both nights.
Friday night the Heat were quickly dispatched in the first set only to turn the match around and win the next three. Festival was instrumental with 11 kills and three timely aces.
Saturday night the Pandas were up in the fourth set and up two sets to one when UBCO once again leaned on Festival, who answered the call. She finished with a team-leading 20.5 points and a team leading 19 kills, including a kill to turn the tide in the fifth set, putting the Heat up 17-16.
UBC Okanagan are now tied atop the Canada West standings with a 15-1 record and are on a bye this weekend before returning to action on January 29-30 when they host the UBC Thunderbirds.
Male Second Star – Irvan Brar
UBC Thunderbirds volleyball
Game log: Friday, January 15 – 15 kills, 10 digs, three blocks, two aces in 3-1 W vs. Brandon / Saturday, January 16 – 19 kills, 12 digs, service ace in 3-0 W vs. Brandon.
UBC Thunderbirds outside hitter Irvan Brar had a brilliant weekend, leading the ‘Birds to a sweep of the Brandon Bobcats. The Blue and Gold took Friday’s contest by a 3-1 score, before finishing the Bobcats off with a straight-set 3-0 victory on Saturday evening.
Brar’s performance in the first match of the weekend showed off his versatility, as the 6-foot-2 Surrey product led UBC with 15 kills, paced the T-Birds with two service aces, finished second on the team with three blocks, and second in digs with 10.
In Saturday’s contest, Brar showed off his raw power by smashing down a spectacular 19 kills and notching an ace, while also flashing his hustle, tying for the team lead with 12 digs.
Brar and the ‘Birds will try to keep the momentum going next weekend, as they hit the road to take on the Alberta Golden Bears for a two-game series in Edmonton.
Female Third Star – Shanlee McLennan
Brandon Bobcats volleyball
Game log: Game log: Friday, January 15 – 12 kills, 10 digs, three aces in 3-1 W vs. UBC / Saturday, January 16 – 12 kills, 10 digs, five aces in 3-0 W vs. UBC
Bobcats captain Shanlee McLennan led the Bobcats to the team’s first sweep over the host UBC Thunderbirds in team history in impressive fashion over the weekend, dropping the first set of Friday’s match, before rattling off the next six sets in a row to knock off the No. 5-ranked, and heavily favoured T-Birds.
McLennan’s performance was beyond solid, putting up great numbers considering the Bobcats routed UBC in quick matches.
McLennan recorded double-doubles (12 kills and 10 digs on both nights) to go with three aces Friday and five more Saturday.
The win gives the Bobcats a modest four-match win streak after the semester break. Brandon has a bye this weekend, and returns to action January 28 vs. Winnipeg.
Male Third Star – Jackson Maris
Calgary Dinos volleyball
Game log: Friday, January 15 – 46 assists, eight digs in 3-2 W vs. TWU / Saturday, January 16 – 46 assists, 13 digs in 3-1 W vs. TWU.
The University of Calgary Dinos men’s volleyball team remained undefeated in the second half of the Canada West season after a sweep of the No. 10 Trinity Western Spartans over the weekend.
Team captain Jackson Maris was a key factor in the top 10 matchup. The fifth-year setter recorded 46 assists and 8 digs in their marathon match with the Spartans in which the Dinos won in the fifth set 15-13. The following night, Maris recorded a game-high 46 assists in the Dinos’ 3-1 win and added 13 digs. Calgary now sits in second place in the Canada West standings with a 13-3 record.
The Dinos continue their homestand this weekend when they host the MacEwan Griffins.
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