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Briercrest Clippers hosting basketball exhibition

Volleyball, hockey teams well into pre-season schedule as ACAC regular season nears
The Briercrest College Clippers are quickly kicking things into high gear as the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference season nears.

For the men’s and women’s basketball teams, this weekend brings their first exhibition action of the season. Meanwhile, the ACAC silver medalist Clippers women’s volleyball squad and perennial contending men’s side have a handful of pre-season contests already under their belt, much the same as the men’s hockey team.

All in all, it promises to be another busy season for the Briercrest squads now that the schedules begin in earnest.

The women’s volleyball Clippers wrapped up their exhibition schedule this past weekend, putting together a 4-3 record through their seven games.

That included 3-2 (27-25, 25-16, 22-25, 20-25, 15-11) win and 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-18) loss against NAIA Dickinson State University along with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-21) win over NJCAA Williston State College during the Sept. 4 weekend.

The Clippers followed with a trip to B.C. where they faced a trio of Pacific Athletic Conference West teams, where they took a 3-1 (25-18, 25-13, 25-27, 25-15) win over Columbia Bible College before falling 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 13-15) to Douglas College and 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 26-24, 21-25) to Camosun College.

Their pre-season wraps up with the Lakeland College tournament this weekend. Their home opener is against Red Deer College on Friday, Oct. 18 (6 p.m., Margaret P. Reimer gymnasium) and Saturday, Oct. 19 (1 p.m.)

The Clippers’ men’s volleyball team currently sit at 1-2 through the first part of their pre-season schedule, as they took a 3-0 win over Concordia University on Sept. 12 before showing their mettle in a come-from-behind win over The King’s University 3-2 (25-23, 25-27, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9).

Briercrest closed out the weekend with another close game, falling 3-0 (32-30, 25-23, 25-22) to NAIT.

The Clippers are back in action during the Oct. 4 weekend when they host Keyano College for a pair of pre-season contests before also facing Red Deer the Oct. 18 weekend in their season opener. Games are at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The exhibition schedule might not have seen a lot of wins for the Briercrest men’s hockey team, but the closeness of the contests is promising.

Briercrest played a pair of home-and-home series with Minot State University, beginning with 5-2 and 5-4 overtime losses in Minot during the Sept. 13 weekend before falling 4-3 in overtime in their first home game on Sept. 20 and 8-2 at the Barkman Arena the following day.

The result was much better against Williston State on Sept. 15, where the Clippers rolled to a 10-3 victory.

The Clippers’ kick off the regular season at home on Friday, Oct. 11 when they host Augustana University at 7 p.m., followed by a rematch the next day at 2 p.m.. Both games are at the Barkman Arena.

Briercrest opens women’s basketball action against Calgary’s The Edge Academy this weekend, with games at 9 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Margaret P. Reimer gymnasium.

It’ll be the start of a busy season, as they’re back in action during the SAIT pre-season tournament Oct. 3-5 and during the Red Deer preparation tournament Oct 11-12. The Clippers open the season against Ambrose College on Oct. 18 and at Lethbridge on Oct. 19, with their home opener Nov. 1 against Medicine Hat College.

The Clippers’ men’s basketball squad open their pre-season by hosting Keyano College on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Riverview  before taking the court against Red River College on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Briercrest will close out their exhibition action on Oct. 4 when they host Keyano College at 6 p.m. before following the same schedule as the women: Ambrose College and Lethbridge on the Oct. 18 weekend, followed by the home opener against Medicine Hat on Nov. 1.



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