Volume 95, Issue 74

Wednesday, February 13, 2002
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Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

Western men and women top the squash charts

There are students in super-psych who weren't even born the last time the Western men's squash team didn't claim the Ontario University Athletics championship.

The Mustang streak has made an understatement of the word 'dynasty,' as Western took its 19th straight OUA crown Saturday. According to Western's coach Jack Fairs, incentive for this group is not hard to come by.

"This team is a highly motivated bunch. They didn't want to be the team that ends this streak," Fairs said. "We have some very highly-skilled players and they don't want to be the team that loses," he added.

Fairs said Western's 6-0 win over the Queen's Golden Gaels in the final didn't reflect the skill level of their opponent.

"A lot of people would look at the score and think it was a blow out but that's really not the case," Fairs said, noting each match was a tough battle.

On the topic of tough battles, the Mustang women must have very little left in the way of finger nails as their title was not secured until the final nail-biting match of the day.

Western player and coach Leah Bishop was down in the trenches trying to deliver the final blow herself. The Mustangs held a 3-2 edge in matches against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and needed to win only one game in the final best of five match to earn Ontario squash supremacy.

The tension grew as Bishop fell behind 2-0.

"I wasn't nervous until that third game," Bishop, who was battling the flu, said. "I knew I had to dig deep and if I felt like I was going to die out there – better to win and die afterwards," she added.

Bishop came through in fine form winning the third game 9-0, clinching the second straight OUA title for the women.

–Ryan Dixon

Mustangs steal opponents' dignity

Andy Kwiatkowski was a man among boys this past weekend in two Mustang victories.

The fourth-year forward and captain of the Western Mustangs men's basketball team completely dominated the opposition, scoring 54 points, hauling down 25 rebounds and picking the pocket of eight opposing victims for eight steals in the two weekend games.

The Mustangs came away victorious in both, handily defeating the Queen's Golden Gaels 103-69 on Friday and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 79-53 on Saturday.

Head coach Craig Boydell noted his prized forward's greatness, "Andy had an incredibly efficient weekend," Boydell said.

"He scored 54 points on only 24 shots. He is definitely getting looks as the strongest player in Canada. When I look at how strong a player he is, I look at their ability to be efficient – players may score a lot of points, but if they're taking 30 shots per game, it's not efficient."

In the contest against the Golden Gaels, the Mustangs were paced by the trio of Kwiatkowski, centre Chris Brown and point guard Jimmy Grozelle. Kwiatkowski finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds, Brown scored 21 points and Grozelle tallied 19 points and seven assists.

The Toronto showdown posed a more frightening experience, as the Varsity Blues were coming off an upset of epic proportions, beating the Carleton Ravens – the third ranked team in the country – 77-70.

Mustang head coach Craig Boydell said he was concerned, but added that is normal going into a game. "Toronto is a very capable team and the upset put a little flair on their position. But we come into every game with the concern of knowing what we have to do to be successful."

Kwiatkowski scored 27 points once again and 13 rebounds. Guard Adam Peaker performed as an able sidekick, scoring 16 points and hauling down 10 boards, while Brown added 14 points.

–Jordan Bell

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