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Briercrest Clippers women’s basketball, volleyball pick up weekend sweeps

Men’s hockey split two-game set with Augustana, men’s basketball drop pair of barnburners to Olds

It was another solid weekend for the Briercrest College Clippers women’s basketball and volleyball teams, as both Caronport-based crews picked up a pair of wins in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action over the weekend.

For the women’s basketball team, their weekend success was a continuation of a solid run of play as of late, as they took 80-73 and 60-55 wins on the road over the Olds College Broncos.

Briercrest found themselves in tough in the early going on Friday, as they trailed by five at the half and as much as nine in the third quarter, but would rally to take a 60-58 lead into the final frame and go on to the seven-point win.

Brooklyn Martens had 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Amber Fichtner had 17 points and 16 rebounds to go along with 14 points from Dori Sunderland and 10 from Sydney Latrace.

The rematch Saturday was close through the first half, but a 7-0 run midway through the third quarter broke a 40-40 tie and would give Briercrest a lead they’d never relinquish.

Martens led Briercrest with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Fichtner had 12 points and 17 rebounds and Latrace 11 points.

The Clippers are now 9-7 and sit in fourth place in the South Division.

Things went much smoother for the Clipper’s women’s volleyball team, as they rolled to a pair of three-game wins over Olds College at the Margaret P. Reimer gymnasium in Caronport.

Briercrest opened with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-16 victory on Friday, with Faith Buhler putting up seven kills and Kelsey Simes six to lead the offence. Simes added seven digs and seven aces to her totals, while Moose Jaw’s Summer Okerstrom picked up three kills and three digs.

The rematch on Saturday was much of the same, as the Clippers took a 25-21, 25-16, 25-7 victory. Julia Beer had a solid outing with 12 kills on 16 attempts to go along with eight digs, while Buhler had seven kills and eight digs.

Briercrest is now 8-7 and tied for second in the ACAC South.

The men’s hockey team split their two games against the Augustana Vikings in Camrose, taking a 5-2 win on Friday and falling 3-1 on Saturday.

Alex Pellerin had a goal and two assists in the opening win, which saw the Clippers tied 1-1 after the first and leading 3-1 through two. Trey Doell, Jacob Arsenault, Joshua Wiens and Caleb Grandfield had single markers. Jake Dale added two assists.

Dominik Tmej had 22 saves.

Colton Aikens had the lone goal for the Clippers in the rematch Saturday, as the teams were tied 1-1 through two before Augustana pulled away in the third. 

Colter Pawlick turned aside 34 shots in taking the narrow loss.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Briercrest, with Clippers now 8-8 and tied for fourth place.

The men’s basketball team found themselves in a couple of barnburners but ended up dropping 82-81 and 90-88 decisions to Olds, with both games going right down to the final seconds.

Friday’s match-up saw the Clippers take a 65-58 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos would chip away, taking a 73-72 edge with 5:05 remaining and setting up a back-and-forth battle the rest of the way. It all boiled down to the last 10 seconds, but Zach Martens and Riley Seaborn each missed potential game-winning shots and Olds had their win.

Seaborn had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Matthew Bryant scored 17, Brolin Simes 13 and Martens 11 to go along with 10 rebounds. Moose Jaw products Kaedyn Banilevic and Danny Mullens had five points each.

It was more of the same a day later, as the Clippers led 73-65 heading into the fourth, Olds battled back to take the lead with 1:29 to play, and Briercrest had four cracks to tie the game in the final five seconds but couldn’t get the ball to fall.

Seaborn had a solid contest with 27 points, while Bryant had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Martens added 12 points. Mullens picked up six and Banilevic added five.

The Clippers are now 2-14 and in eighth place in the South.

The Briercrest men’s volleyball team took a pair of 3-1 losses in their matches against Olds, losing 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21 Friday and falling 28-26, 25-19, 23-25, 25-16 in the rematch.

It was another good weekend for Karym Coleman, as he had 18 kills in the opener before putting down 23 kills and picking nine digs on Saturday. Brady Wachtel led the defence with 10 digs Friday and 16 Saturday.

Briercrest falls to 8-7 to sit in fourth place.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams are both at home against SAIT during the Feb. 2 weekend, while the volleyball crews travel to Calgary to face the Trojans. Men’s hockey is in Red Deer for a pair of games against the Kings.

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