The Douglas College Royals pocketed a pair of hard-fought wins to enter the holiday break in second place in the PacWest women’s basketball league.
By clipping Capilano University 73-68 and Okanagan College 67-57 last week, the Royals rebounded from a stinging 65-40 setback to nationally-ranked Vancouver Island earlier in the month.
Freshman Sydney Fraess, a guard from Chilliwack, stepped up and led Douglas both nights with 23 and 16 points respectively, to earn the PacWest’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award.
The turning point against the expansion Coyotes came late in the third quarter with the visitors ahead 39-37. Douglas’ Malena Mokhovikova and Julia Sprott nailed back-to-back jump shots to turn the tables. While Okanagan would stay within a bucket for most of the fourth quarter, Fraess hit a pair of treys late in the game to lock it up.
Coming in off the bench and chipping in 11 points was Jessica Castillo. Fifth-year forward Rachel Beauchamp contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.
A day earlier, Douglas erased a brief five-point deficit early in the third quarter and protected its lead the rest of the way. Beauchamp knocked down 18 points and 10 boards, while Castillo contributed 13.
The PacWest season restarts in January.
Royals clobber Coyotes, Blues
The Douglas College men's Royals rolled off a pair of convincing wins to stay within striking distance of first place in the PacWest men's basketball league.
The Royals got 24-point performances from Tyrone Asenoguan and Courtney Anderson in downing the Okanagan College Coyotes on Saturday. Chipping in with 17 points was Gurkirat Kular.
Douglas also handed Capilano its first loss of the season, a 93-73 decision, thanks to Asenoguan's 21-point effort. Josiah Mastandrea contributed 15 points in the win.
The squad sits third at 4-2, a game behind Vancouver Island and Capilano.
Salad days for Cesaretti
The Douglas College women's Royals' Olivia Cesaretti played a big role in her team's twin victories over the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.
The third-year middle delivered a pair of outstanding efforts against the Bearcats. In the first match, she hit .778 with eight kills on nine attempts and lined up eight blocks, two aces and three digs in a 3-0 sweep. She would add another six kills, four blocks a pair of digs and three service aces a day later.
Also racking up valuable stats were Cate McCorkell, with 18 kills, and Vania Oliviera, with 16 kills and 11 digs.
Cesaretti's strong week earned her the PacWest women's volleyball player of the week honour.
The Royals currently sit in a two-way tie with Camuson for second place at 7-3, and are currently ranked second in the nation, behind undefeated Vancouver Island.
Win streak continues for men's Royals
Buoyed by a recent win over archrival Vancouver Island, the Douglas College men's volleyball team kept the momentum going with decisions over the Columbia Bible College.
Max Haronga and Reid Marriott combined for 31 kills in a 3-1 opening win over the Bearcats, and followed that up a day later with a 3-0 shutout.
Douglas is currently ranked sixth in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.