Successful weekend for Western teams

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western men's volleyball

Jonas Hrebeniuk

THANK GOD I DON'T HAVE TO WASH MY SHORTS AFTER A TOUGH GAME. Lunges are gross. Want to know what aren't? Well-executed passes. Western utilized plenty of the latter in a five-set victory over the Queen's Golden Gaels on Friday night at Alumni Hall.

It was an action-packed weekend in Ontario University Athletics, as some teams headed deep into the playoffs, while other squads got their regular seasons underway.

The women’s basketball team hosted its second home game of the season, defeating the Guelph Gryphons 75-68 at Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Veteran guard Amanda Anderson finished with a game-high 17 points, while forward Bess Lennox notched 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Heather Angus led the Gryphons (0-2) with 16 points.

The team’s next home game will be against the York Lions on Nov. 9 at Alumni Hall.

The men’s soccer team qualified for nationals after beating the Carleton Ravens 2-1 in the OUA semi-final in Ottawa. Carleton got the first goal in the close contest, but Western answered back in the 68th minute when Mike Sawchuk headed a Michel Daoust cross to tie the match.

Daoust finally scored in the 90th minute, earning his team the victory and a place at 2007 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships in Vancouver next weekend. The ’Stangs advance despite losing the OUA final match against York in penalty kicks.

The women’s hockey team topped the Brock Badgers by a score of 2-1 on Saturday at Thompson Arena. Whitney Weisshaar scored twice and Jessica Ulrich made 33 saves in her first victory of the season. Brock goalie Beth Clause also played well, making 27 saves.

The men’s rowing team was crowned national champions for the second season in a row, just one week after capturing its third straight provincial title.

At the Canadian University Rowing Championship’s awards ceremony, Western’s Volker Nolte was named the Men’s Coach of the Year and Mustang Tim Colson shared Oarsman of the Year honours with Queen’s Mike Wilkinson.

The women’s rowing team came fourth at the 2007 CIS Championships last week. The Queen’s women won the women’s title at the national regatta hosted by Brock University.

The men’s volleyball team bested the Queen’s Golden Gaels in a five-set thriller on Friday night at Alumni Hall. The Mustangs won the first set 25-23 and then lost two straight 23-25 and 21-25, before finally winning the fourth and fifth sets by scores of 25-21 and 15-10.

Veteran Josh Chisholm led the team with 17 points, while Eric Simon added 12 kills and Chris Mokry had five digs.

The squad was also victorious on Saturday, beating the winless Royal Military College Paladins 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-10).

The women’s volleyball team defeated the Brock Badgers 3-1 at Alumni Hall on Friday night. Although the ’Stangs lost the first set 25-20, they won the next three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-20.

Vancouver native Jacqueline Robinson had 19 points for Western in the win, while setter Jenna Thomson had 41 assists. Libero Andrea Ruste led the Mustangs’ defence with 18 digs and veteran Caroline Descours also had 12 digs.

The team also defeated the Ottawa Gee Gees on Saturday night by a score of 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22).

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