The University of Calgary Dinos men’s volleyball team returns home for the first time in a month, hosting Fraser Valley for a pair of games in the Jack Simpson Gym, starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the annual Block Party match.
The Dinos are 4-2 this season, though they could easily be 6-0 as both their losses have come in five-set heartbreaks.
The Dinos-Cascades matchup features two of the most efficient offences in Canada West, with the squads ranking third and fourth in fewest errors.
It has also been an exceptional year for the Dinos on the serve. The team has 59 aces, and is well on pace to shatter last year’s mark of 114. Three Calgary players rank in the top five in the conference in aces per set: Ethan Czepuryk (second, 0.59), Louis Kunstmann (third, 0.56) and Erik Godwin (fifth, 0.52).
The Dinos and Cascades (3-3) will also square off Saturday at 5 p.m.
It’s back at home for the Dinos women’s volleyball team, as well, getting the Block Party festivities underway with Friday’s opener against UFV at 6 p.m. at The Jack before the second match on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Both teams have rebounded after slow starts to the season. The pre-season favourite Cascades (4-2) were swept by Trinity Western in the season-opening series but have won their last four, while the Dinos (3-3) dropped their first three matches before bouncing back with three straight wins.
A number of Dinos players are having standout seasons, including Sheridan Coninx (third in Canada West with 1.23 blocks per set), Carolyn Berze (fifth in service aces per set with 0.67) and Daisy Olsen (fifth in total kills with 72).
The Dinos hit the road for the first time in nearly a month, heading to Winnipeg for a two-game set with Manitoba starting Friday at 6 p.m. MT. The second game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Dinos (3-8-1) got off the schneid last weekend with a well-earned split with Saskatchewan. The win not only snapped a six-game skid, it marked the first victory for interim head coach Josh Gosling, who stepped into the role after head coach Carla MacLeod accepted a head coaching position with the upstart Professional Women’s Hockey League team in Ottawa.
This weekend’s series could prove key down the road, as the Bisons (4-7-1) currently hold the sixth and final playoff spot.
The Dinos will look to keep things rolling, playing host to Manitoba for a weekend series at Father David Bauer Arena. Friday’s puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m., while Saturday’s action is set to start at 3 p.m.
The Dinos have won four straight — all on the road — including a sweep of No. 7 Saskatchewan last weekend. Eight players combined to score 10 goals in the two wins over the Huskies. Colson Gengenbach and Jake Poole each had two goals in the sweep.
Even though the Dinos’ historic 27-game win streak came to an end earlier this season, the reigning Canada West champs are actually off to a better start to this season than last year’s record-setting squad. This year’s team ranks fifth in U SPORTS with 51 goals scored for a 9-2-1 record, while last year’s team started at 9-3 with 48 goals. Gengenbach has been the offensive leader with a Canada West-leading 10 goals — already equalling his total in 34 games a season ago.
The Bisons have a 1-10-1 record.
Looking to build off their red-hot start to the season, the Dinos (4-0) will put their perfect start to the season on the line in Manitoba this weekend with a two-game series against the Brandon Bobcats (0-4). Games are set for Friday (5 p.m. MT) and Saturday (4 p.m).
The Dinos swept Victoria on the road and Manitoba at home in the first two weekends of the year, winning by an average of 27 points.
Head coach Damien Jennings’ squad is once again getting things done with defence and a balanced attack. Second-year Louise Rouse leads the team in points (17.3) and rebounds (9.3) per game, and six players are averaging at least seven points per contest.
The Dinos men’s hoops team (2-2) is also off to Brandon to take on the Bobcats (3-1). Friday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT, while Saturday’s contest is slated to start at 6 p.m. MT.
The Dinos have gone up against two of the toughest opponents in all of U SPORTS to start the season. After a season-opening loss to the defending champions at Victoria, the Dinos bounced back the next day for a head-turning 88-79 win over the Vikes. They followed a similar script last weekend with a split against a talented Manitoba team that entered the weekend ranked No. 10 nationally.
Nate Petrone leads the Scarlet & Gold with 19 points per game, while three others are averaging double digits: Javier Ramos-Yzquierdo (15), Noah Wharton (13) and Daniels Baumanis (11).