Women's volleyball, basketball dominant force on the road

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western women's volleyball

Jonas Hrebeniuk

IT BEATS THE HELL OUT OF HOT POTATO. The women's volleyball team continued its hot streak in Thunder Bay at Lakehead this past weekend. The men's volleyballers unfortunately weren't as lucky in the T. dot, falling short on the road versus Ryerson.

This past weekend the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams hit the road to take on teams in Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Toronto. The women’s teams dominated all aspects of the weekend.

The men’s basketball squad travelled to Ottawa and faced its first loss of the trip against the Carleton Ravens with a score of 78-50 on Friday night.

On Saturday, the ’Stangs didn’t fare any better against the University of Ottawa, who defeated them 84-67. Forward Brad Smith contributed 15 points, but it was not enough to secure the win.

The women’s team performed well against the Ravens, defeating them Friday night in a close game, 68-60.

The Ottawa Gee Gees faced the thriving Mustangs the following night and were also left deflated and defeated, 66-47.

Western guard Amanda Anderson earned 15 points in the game against Ottawa and forward Bess Lennox followed with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie guards Rebecca Moss and Brittany MacDonald each contributed 10 points to the win.

The men’s volleyballers drove to Ryerson University Friday night where they hoped to recover from last Sunday’s loss against the Waterloo Warriors.

Unfortunately, the Rams held Western to only one set victory and took the contest 3-1.

The women traveled north to Thunder Bay Saturday and continued their winning ways. Western beat the Lakehead Thunderwolves 3-0, with Sarah Lowry contributing six kills and libero Andrea Ruste digging 25 balls.

The team hasn’t lost a game since its Oct. 28 match against the Laurier Golden Hawks and sits in fourth place in the Ontario University Athletics West division.

Western’s hockey teams also competed this weekend but faced an opposite result with the men victorious and the women falling short.

The men’s hockey team took a road trip this Saturday to York University where it defeated the Lions 2-1.

Western forwards Kevin Richardson and Peter Franchin scored the two Mustangs goals and defenceman Ryan Martinelli tallied two assists in the win. Richardson has 30 points already this season and leads the OUA and Canadian Interuniversity Sport in points.

With the victory, Western has risen above its rival Lakehead Thunderwolves to take first place in the OUA’s hyper-competitive Far West division with 24 points. Lakehead is close behind with 22 points and Brock University is tied for first in the OUA with Western.

Back home, the women’s hockey team was shut out against Laurier with a final score of 4-0.

Despite losing at Thompson Arena, Western goalie Danielle Le Ber had 35 saves. The ’Stangs played a decent defensive game, but lacked offensive strength, with Laurier’s goalie Liz Knox only needing to make 12 saves.

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