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

Spotlight shines on v-ballers

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

The stars will be shining over Guelph this weekend as the Ontario University Athletics conference holds its second annual volleyball all-star game.

The game pits all-stars from the Ontario East division versus the all-stars from the West division in a best of five volleyball game. The top 12 players from the men's and women's teams will make up the rosters.

Western will be well represented in the women's game with five players including first team all-stars left-side Marnie Simpson and middle Sonja Janischewski, second team selections right-side Bridgett Campbell and right-side Jill Gottschalk along with the divison's rookie-of-the-year setter Rachel Lowen. The women will be well acquainted with Western's head coach Dean Lowrie, who will be coaching the women's West all-stars.

The men have three representatives going to the game – setter Peter Testa, off-side setter Andrew Brunton and middle Jeremy Jonckheere.

East division women's convenor Peter Biasone said the match will spotlight the top 12 players from both divisions against each other.

"The 12 players were selected through a voting process among the coaches of the league," Biasone said. "They play a best-of-five match which is all for fun."

Simpson said she is excited to be returning to the league's all-star game of top Ontario talent. "It is always exciting to be voted an all-star," she said. "It is good to get recognition for the team."

Lowrie said the purpose of the game is to give the volleyball athletes the recognition they deserve after a long season.

"The game will showcase the players," Lowrie said. "Everyone will be able to see different players around the league."

Testa, who will be playing in his first all-star game, said he is extremely honoured with the nomination since it is an honour bestowed by the league's coaches.

"This is definitely something one sets their sights on," Testa said. "To know the league coaches consider you worthy is a great honour."

The weekend will consist of a training session, luncheon and the game in the evening.

"The session will allow the players to get on the same page," Lowrie said. "The game is good because we are competitive during the season but after the season we will show that we are able to leave the competitiveness on the court."

Both Simpson and Lowrie agreed the game as aiding the profile of volleyball.

"The game helps the profile of volleyball," Simpson said. "The turnout last year was great. Volleyball is a growing sport and aided by game like this and the beach volleyball that is shown on television."

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