Volume 93, Issue 28

Wednesday, October 20, 1999


Western clinches first overall

Mustangs clip Gryphons' wings

Western makes some waves

Western falls to Buffalo by one

Mustangs approach tennis finals

Mustangs approach tennis finals

By Anthony Thomas
Gazette Staff

Tennis action this weekend left the Western women disappointed and the Mustang men optimistic.

The women were involved in two close competitions at home, beating York University 4-3 and then losing to McMaster University 4-3. However, the men never lost a point, crushing two of the top teams in the league – Queen's University and the University of Toronto, 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.

After defeating York, the Western women battled McMaster for the final playoff spot. Mustang co-captains Jill Hunsburger and Dominique Hein lost a very close doubles match in a tie breaker to York. Teammate Erica Biser followed those footsteps also losing a close match 6-4, 6-4.

York head coach Nicole Bictache praised the Mustangs and expected them to beat McMaster. "They are a talented team right through from one to six," Bictache said.

Western head coach Suzie Hatch said she was not disappointed with her team. "Everybody put in some really good efforts. We had a couple people that won both their singles matches," she said, adding those players were Rebecca Walsh, Monica Radley and Jennifer Lister.

Looking back on the season, Hein had some positive things to say. "The team was very young. It was a good team with a lot of talent and they will probably have a strong team for future years."

But the women aren't quite finished yet. Although they have been eliminated from team competition, a couple of players will represent Western at the Ontario University Athletics individual finals on Oct. 29 and 30 at York University.

Western men's captain Jamie Dunnett said he was overjoyed by his team's performance, as they trampled over both Queen's and Toronto. "The whole three years I've been here, that was the best day of tennis I have seen for sure," he said.

Mustang head coach Anthony Glavanic noted the Golden Gael's top player, Mark Ableman, was not in the lineup and although the team won, they have their work cut out for them in the OUA championships.

"Queen's is a much better team than what they showed us, so we do not have any sense of false security," he said.

Both Glavanic and Dunnett were impressed by the performance of Western's John Douglas Sullivan. "He's been out practicing every day and doesn't really get the credit he deserves sometimes so it was nice to see him do well," Dunnett said.

Dunnett also had a fine day, going undefeated. He went down six-love in the first set of a match against Toronto, but he came back to win in three sets, 0-6, 6-2 and 6-2.

The men will host the OUA championships this weekend, facing Toronto at 3 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals and, if victorious, either Queen's or McMaster Sunday at 2 p.m..

Dunnett said he felt his team has what it takes to repeat as OUA champions. "It's going to be difficult, but if everyone on our team plays at the top of their level – we can beat any other team."

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