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Golden Bears Volleyball

The Bears got back to their winning ways last weekend, winning both their matches against the Regina Cougars with authority. Having lost two of their last three games coming into the weekend, it was clear the Bears were ready to play from the outset. With left side Alex McMullin pacing his squad with 11 kills on the night, the Bears dominated en route to a straight-set win. Saturday’s match saw much of the same style of play from the Bears. Though the Cougars seemed reinvigorated after their loss, they could not keep pace with setter Brett Walsh’s offensive spread. With a team kill efficiency of .385, the Bears’ consistency allowed them to win in straight sets for the second straight match. The Bears will travel to Manitoba next week for a two-match series against the Brandon Bobcats. — Mitch Sorensen

Pandas Volleyball

On a weekend that saw libero Jessie Niles become the new all-time Pandas leader in conference digs, the Volley Pandas won two straight-sets victories. Paced by the 12 kills of outside hitter Meg Casault and Niles’ 12 digs, the Pandas used a big block in combination with solid defence to ensure their victory. On Saturday, the Pandas continued to dominate play at the net with the Dione Lang and Josephine Doerfler frustrating the Cougars with their consistent blocking. Niles had another 13 digs, adding to her career total of 918 and pushing past Konihowski for the all time Pandas lead. The Pandas are on the road in Brandon next weekend to face the Bobcats before returning to the Saville for their final two home games of the season. — Mitch Sorensen

Golden Bears Basketball

The Bears hoop squad extended their winning streak to three games over the weekend with back-to-back wins over the Regina Cougars. With the wins, the Bears jumped up to fifth place in the Pioneer Division, just two games out of the first place position owned by the Calgary Dinos. The Bears were led in the first game on Friday by forward Mamadou Gueye, who put up 23 points and four rebounds on the way to a 74-63. The Bears followed that up on Saturday with a 71-64 win, with scoring led by Gueye and guard Joel Friesen, who scored 18 and 20 points respectively. The Bears will return home this weekend to take on the Brandon Bobcats who own the worst record in the division at 1-15. – Zach Borutski

Pandas Basketball

The Pandas basketball team had a rough time last weekend, dropping back-to-back games against the Regina Cougars. The sweep at the hands of the Cougars is the first sweep the Pandas have suffered all season. With the losses, the Pandas also fall from first place to fourth in the Pioneer Division with an 11-4 record. In the first game of the series on Friday, the Pandas fell behind 21-10 in the first quarter, and weren’t able to catch up, eventually falling 88-72. On Saturday, as the Pandas fell victim to a 30-17 first quarter deficit that resulted in an 86-78 loss. The Pandas will return home this weekend to take on the Brandon Bobcats who are 3-13 on the season. – Zach Borutski

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