Volume 95, Issue 25

Wednesday, October 17, 2001
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Men serving up perfection

Tough tennis played in Montreal

Refs pull the blind act

Birdies fly 'Stangs way

Squashed competition

Birdies fly 'Stangs way

It's a hard knock life when you're forced to play the Western Mustangs' badminton team.

The Mustangs completely dominated their opposition this past Saturday and Sunday at the West Sectional at McMaster University. The Mustangs thoroughly trounced Waterloo 10-1, McMaster 11-0, Brock 11-0 and the University of Toronto 9-2.

"Both the men and women's team are very outstanding," said head coach Bill Mason. "It will be extremely difficult for anyone to beat us this year."

What makes the wins most impressive is the fact the Mustangs weren't even blessed with the talents of their number one players in the men's and women's divisions. Their strongest players were absent for the duration of the tournament.

There were many notable performances at the tournament and Mason wasn't surprised with the domination of basically every player on the squad. "Everyone performed well. Many of our players went undefeated in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, as well as against each team."

Kevin Eng, an all-star and co-captain, won six matches, going undefeated on the weekend. In addition, Ken Lockhart went undefeated, winning seven matches in singles and doubles.

On the women's side, Lauren Winter, another all-star, triumphed in seven singles matches without a loss and Lindsay Mullaly was prolific in doubles and mixed doubles, with a 5-0 record.

Even the youth movement sprang up, when rookie Candace Wong had an undefeated 6-0 record in singles and doubles.

Mason said the highlight of the tournament came in a heavily contested doubles match-up. "Kevin Eng and Lindsay Mullaly pulled out a tough victory over the doubles squad from the University of Toronto. This team was the strongest one the Varsity Blues had."

Why has the badminton team been able to decimate the opposition?

"Western is able to attract extremely strong players," Mason said. "There is a long tradition of strong badminton here at Western and these athletes come well-trained, ready for a challenge and primed for the knowledge they know they can gain here. They know they will be successful in the Mustang uniform."

–Jordan Bell

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