Volume 93, Issue 14
Wednesday, September 22, 1999
Stangs continue their tennis racket
AND FOR MY NEXT TRICK... Jordan Caldwell practiced his magic during last weekend's tennis tournament in Toronto.
By Anthony Thomas
Western's men's and women's tennis teams had smashing results in tournaments last weekend.
The women lost to the Queen's Golden Gaels 5-2 but ralleyed to defeat the Waterloo Athena's 5-2in Waterloo. At York University the men beat the McGill Martlets 6-1 and edged the York Yeoman's 4-3 in matches.
Women's coach Suzie Hatch said she was pleased with the women's performance. "I think it was a good test for us and we did what I hoped we would do, which was beat Waterloo and not get crushed by Queen's," she said. "We had a couple of tight matches against Queen's so I think that we faired pretty well."
Second-year player Monica Radley was also encouraged by the team results. "A lot of people showed that they had a lot of grit and they looked really good."
Both Hatch and Radley said they were impressed by the performance of rookie Jacqueline Green, who won a tough two hour, three set match. "It was really nice to see a first-year player show that much determination and guts out there and I think that set the tone for the rest of the girls," Hatch added.
Radley said she looks hopefully upon the rest of the season. "Everyone shows a lot of talent and promise," she said. "Everyone had a great time and it's going to be a fun season."
The men won both outings, but coach Anthony Glavanic said despite winning, he had concerns with the lower part of his lineup. "At number five and six we only won one match and that was Shawn [Wienberg]," he said. "As a team, we are definitely not satisfied with what we did. We won both [competitions] but to win the championship we are going to have to solidify the fifth and sixth spot."
However, Glavanic explained the team is still confident they can repeat as Ontario University Athletic champions. "We think that we can win the whole championship, but now we have to get the right combinations of where people are playing."
York coach Eric Bojesen had nothing but positive things to say about the Mustangs. "They showed good sportsmanship and it was a pleasure to play them," he said. "They are a well coached team and are definitely one of the contenders [to win the OUA championship]."
The men meet the McMaster Marauders this weekend, one of the stronger teams in the OUA. Veteran Western Men's player Jamie Dunnett said when playing against a team of high calibre, winning the match may come down to one or two points. "It's important that we do sort out our fifth and sixth players because they might make the difference [this] weekend," he noted.
Wienberg impressed Glavanic in the number five spot when he won easily against McGill. "He didn't play all summer and he just looks like he is getting rid of the rust," Glavanic said. "If he plays well he could challenge the top guys on our team."
Another player who Glavanic sees as promising is Paul Bienkowski, who is unfortunately suffering from an injured back. "He is an awesome doubles player and he can challenge anybody on the team for their job," Glavanic said.
With Wienberg's solid play, Glavanic is sure of his lineup except for the final spot. "There are seven guys on the team playing for one spot," Glavanic noted. "For that last spot I am looking for the guy that will find a way to win when the going gets rough and that's the sign of a champ."
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