Volume 93, Issue 36
Wednesday, November 3, 1999
Dunnett loves the OUA top
TAKING THE BIG SWING. Western's tennis team was giving it their all in the quest to bring home some Ontario University Athletics gold this past weekend.
By Anthony Thomas
Western's men's and women's tennis stars served their way to personal successes last weekend at the Ontario University Athletics individual tennis finals, hosted by York University.
All Mustang players involved in singles matches advanced to at least the quarter-finals. Jamie Dunnett completed an undefeated season in singles by becoming the men's OUA individual champion.
Dunnett said his favourite match of the tournament was his semifinal 6-2, 7-5 win against McMaster University's Scott Moore. "Because our styles are so similar, we had some amazing points running all over the court," he said.
Although pleased with the end result, Dunnett said he was slightly disappointed by the final match where he walked over Queen's University's Sasha Vojnov in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
Dunnett explained he would have liked to have faced Mark Ableman, the number one player from Queen's, however Ableman did not participate in the tournament. "I would have rather had it me versus Mark Ableman [with me] winning it in three sets just to seem like more of a triumph," he said.
Mustangs Rob Moreland and Sean Weinberg lost in the quarter-finals to Vojnov the University of Toronto's Jovan Simic, respectively.
In the women's individual tournament, both Dominique Hein and Monica Radley advanced to the quarter-finals. Western head coach Suzie Hatch said she was impressed by Hein's win in the first round against Toronto's number two player, Mary Hall.
"[Hall] is just a backboard. She really frustrates players, but Dominique put in a really gutsy performance. Dominique probably played the match of her career here at Western," Hatch said.
However, Hein's best performances was also one of her last, as she is graduating from Western this year. "I really liked being on the team and it ended on a good note," she said.
Neither the women nor the men fared well in doubles play as both lost in the first round. However, both teams said they are looking towards next year with great hope.
"Depth-wise, [the women's team will] be fine. We'll just be looking for somebody to step into the number one player's shoes," Hatch said.
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