Thursday, December 13, 2012

Royals score high: a look at last semester

Kate Weir was crowned PACWEST Female Golfer of the Year for the second season in a row.           Jerald Walliser photo

By Eliot James Dix

If you missed any Royals athletics action this semester, now’s the time to catch up. The soccer cleats and golf clubs have been put away for the season. But after the break, our badminton, volleyball and basketball players will be back swinging, spiking and dunking.


Royals superstar Kate Weir was crowned Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) Female Golfer of the Year for the second season in a row. She placed a respectable 5th in the nationals tournament in Oshawa, Ont., in October, hitting a three-round 244 for the women’s individual standings.


The badminton squad sits in the no. 1 national seed. The team, led by veterans Charmagne Yeung and RuiLin Huang, swept the first tournament in October, winning the team competition and all five singles and doubles matches. They had a near-repeat performance in November, with Huang taking her 35th straight tournament title.

Catch the third and final regular season tournament Jan. 19 and 20 from 8am-8pm at our Coquitlam Campus.

Women’s volleyball

The women’s volleyball team started strong with a new coach and vision. They beat SFU in exhibition and took three wins in the first half. Right side Vic Hocking is ranked a stunning 2nd nationally for kills. While the team now ranks 6th in league play, Head Coach Kyra Iannone says, “this team is off to their best start in four years.”

The women’s Royals host the Camosun Chargers Jan. 4 at 6pm and Jan 5 at 1pm.

Men’s volleyball

The Royals men’s volleyball team, defending national silver medalists, continue to shine. With an 11-1 record, they now rank 1st in the PACWEST and 2nd nationally. “The first semester, in terms of wins and losses, was our best to-date,” says Head Coach Brad Hudson. “This group has trained and competed at a higher level day-to-day than any of their predecessors in my time with the program. Most promising is that we have more to give.”

Catch the boys back on the court Jan. 4 at 8pm and Jan. 5 at 3pm when they host the Camosun Chargers.

Women’s basketball

The women’s basketball team is running like a brand new machine, with a no. 2 provincial and no. 10 national seed. Captain Amonda Francis is the no. 7 nationally ranked scorer. “We knew that (last year) would be tough to get through to change the direction of the program, and then this year we would have a good base to build on,” says Head Coach Curtis Nelson. “And it’s worked out that way … We got our first national ranking in about 15 years.”

The women’s Royals take to the court Jan. 11 against the Vancouver Island University Mariners at 6pm in Nanaimo.

Men’s basketball

The men’s basketball squad saw a slow start, but swept the final weekend of play to rank 3rd in the league. The team’s record is 4–4 mid-season. Several players made the PACWEST top-ten leader board, including Mark Dabrowski who ranked 4th and 6th for points and rebounds.

Catch the team back on the court Jan. 4 at 8pm against the Langara Falcons in Vancouver.

Men’s soccer

The men’s soccer team, PACWEST champs, won all but one regular season game. Striker Sahil Sandhu was the no. 2 national scorer with 15 goals in 12 games. He and forward Jag Gill were crowned Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadians. Sadly, the team finished a heartbreaking 5th in the nationals tournament hosted by Douglas in November.

Women’s soccer

With 14 shiny recruits, it was a rebuilding year for the women’s soccer squad. They fought through an up-and-down string of matches to place 6th provincially. Kaela Kampff was a standout striker, ranking 4th in scoring.