Volume 92, Issue 91

Friday, March 19, 1999


Sixth man a national factor

Tennis teams forced to create their own tourney

Spotlight shines on v-ballers

Western rewind

Tennis teams forced to create their own tourney

By Anthony Thomas
Gazette Staff

The Alberta Bears will amble into town this weekend to meet the Mustangs in a battle for national supremacy in men's tennis.

While this event is not officially sanctioned by any university athletic association, it is Canada's closest thing to a national university tennis championship.

"We created our own league," said Alberta head coach Russ Sluchinski. "The level of play is very good and the players take it very serious."

Although the Mustangs would like to win the tournament, Western coach Anthony Glavanic felt the Mustang season is already a great success.

"We won the [Ontario University Athletics] championship," Glavanic said. "At the OUAs we were out for blood but now we are out for a good time."

Mustang captain Jamie Dunnett said he still sees great importance in the non-sanctioned event. "Everyone is pumped up for it. We're going to practice all week."

The Bears are also looking forward to the weekend.

"Every team wants the right to play the challenge match," Sluchinski said. "The national challenge has really added a new dimension to university tennis. This really becomes the big tournament."

The Mustangs season officially ended in November while the Bears' season ended in January. However, Dunnett was very confident the long stretch between action will not affect his team.

Unfortunately the Mustangs will be without controversial fan favourite Moe Nemati who is out with a shoulder injury, but Glavanic promised a great weekend since the best two teams in Canada are in action.

Dunnett was the OUA singles silver medalist and doubles gold medalist with partner Dave Dodge. Dodge is currently battling an elbow injury, but Dunnett expects him to play on the weekend. "Dave is the best doubles partner I've ever had. We really work well together as a team," Dunnett said.

He added not more than two courts will have matches at once so fans will be able to enjoy a lot of great tennis. The tournament will take place on campus in the bubbles across from Talbot College starting Saturday at noon.

Both Glavanic and Dunnett would like to see a sanctioned national championship or at least an expansion of the tournament.

"There are a lot of good players playing in Quebec and in the east. It would be great to get a few other teams involved," Dunnett said.

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