Hoopsters, women's hockey victorious

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Gradually working New Year’s booze out of their system, Western’s athletes were back in action this past weekend.

The wrestling team travelled to St. Catharines to take part in the Brock Open Wrestling Tournament. The team finished in third place overall behind the Guelph Gryphons and the host Badgers.

Laura Skopelianos was the only Western athlete to win a gold medal and captured the Outstanding Female Wrestler of the Tournament award. On the men’s side, captain Jeff Werden placed second in the 54 kg category while teammates Phil Medeiros and Chen Shen captured bronze medals in their respective weight divisions.

In women’s basketball action, the Mustangs defeated the Waterloo Warriors 94-81. Forward Lauren Parkes led the team with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The team now sits in second place in the Ontario University Athletics West division with 20 points.

Following a big victory versus Guelph last week, the men’s basketball team won by a sizable margin again this week, defeating Waterloo 95-70. Brad Smith had another strong performance, finishing the game with 21 points and six boards.

Whitney Weisshaar’s two-goal performance led Western’s women’s hockey team to a 4-3 overtime victory over the York Lions on Saturday. Weisshaar scored with 1:22 left in the game to send it to the extra frame and potted her second goal in overtime to give the ’Stangs the victory.

Ellie Seedhouse also had a pair of goals for Western. The women’s team now sits at 7-8-4 on the season.

The women’s volleyball team had a successful weekend in Kingston, defeating both the Queen’s Golden Gaels and Royal Military College Paladins. Andrea Ruste had 20 digs, while teammates Sara Farrell and Lauren Willoughby had 14 points apiece in a 3-2 win over Queen’s. The team swept RMC 3-0, which put itself tied for second in the OUA West division.

Jeff DeMeza’s 21 points and 17 kills weren’t enough to propel the men’s volleyball team to victory on Friday, as it lost to Queen’s in five sets by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 17-19. The team rebounded on Saturday, sweeping RMC 3-0 to improve its record to 7-5 on the season. The volleyballers are currently fifth place in the OUA West division.

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