Volume 95, Issue 32

Tuesday, October 30, 2001
 
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SPORTS

Sweet revenge is best served with a football

Mustangs havin' a ball on the field

'In the Cheap Seats'

Silver and bronze tennis medals

Women's rugby ends with a win

Silver and bronze tennis medals

Men

It was a bittersweet second place for the Mustang men's tennis team at the Ontario University Athletics tennis championships held this weekend at Western.

The team won their first match against McMaster to advance to the OUA final, but lost to a very tough squad from the University of Toronto 4-1 in the gold medal match.

Western's head coach Anthony Glavanic said his team got off on the wrong foot against U of T and were unable to recover.

"The big matches were the doubles matches. We lost both doubles matches and we should have taken some points from them because we had chances to win them," Glavanic said.

The coach noted that falling behind early was a hit to Western's confidence. "I noticed a momentum shift after that. There was about a 10 per cent confidence change each way and that makes a huge difference," Glavanic said.

Glavanic said, entering the match, he felt Toronto were the favourites.

"They had a very strong team. I treated our team as the underdog, so it's not like it was an upset. We faced a tough challenge and we weren't good enough. We lost to a better team," Glavanic said.

While the Mustangs did not achieve their goal of winning an OUA championship this season, Glavanic said they had little to complain about.

"When we started this season we had one goal and that was to win – we didn't do that. Our second goal was, from top to bottom, to have fun and that includes the coaches and players. If you talk to the players, I think they'd tell you they all had fun on this team."

–Ryan Dixon


Women

The women's tennis team ended their season on a winning note this weekend taking home the bronze medal at the Ontario University Athletics Championships held at Western.

The Mustangs lost their opening match to a very tough team from York. Mustang head coach Ole Harder said Western did all they could against the Yeowomen but were simply outmatched. "I think we did as well as we could have. York was [definitely] the best team in the league," he said.

Western responded well to the loss though, posting a 5-2 triumph over Waterloo to capture OUA bronze. Beating Waterloo for the bronze brought a touch of redemption to the Mustangs, as they had lost to the same Waterloo squad earlier in the year.

As if the stiff competition at this tournament didn't provide enough of a hurdle for Western, they also dealt with some circumstances beyond their control.

"We were missing Andrea Nickel who had a bad back and we had a few people with the stomach flu Saturday morning, so it was a scramble to find players. We put a couple people together that hadn't played together for doubles matches so we wouldn't have to forfeit the matches," Harder said.

Harder said he sees this bronze medal performance as a stepping stone for Western and he expects even better results in the near future.

"I think it's a step in the right direction. Next year, silver or gold is definitely within reach. Bronze is where we should be and we're all happy with that."

–Ryan Dixon

Lauren Staff/Gazette
RACKET SET, FEET SHOULDER WIDTH APART, KNEES BENT... OK I'M READY. Women's tennis player Jen Vryvogel took the bronze medal at the OUA team finals.


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