Playoffs are under way for v-ball, b-ball and wrestling

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

This weekend starts an exciting new season for many Western teams, while others are ending their season’s work.

On Friday, the men’s volleyball team will face the Waterloo Warriors at Alumni Hall in its quarterfinal playoff game. The Mustangs ended the regular season with a 13-7 record in Ontario University Athletics, good for fourth in the conference. If they win on Friday, they will face the undefeated McMaster Marauders in the semi-finals next week.

The women’s volleyball team is also heading to the playoffs. With a regular season record of 11-7, the women came fourth in the OUA West division, and will thus travel to McMaster this Saturday for the quarterfinals.

The second-seeded men’s hockey team is also playing tonight, as it is beginning its best-of-three quarterfinal series with York University. The men had a regular season record of 18-5-0-5, including wins in both of the tilts versus York. If the men win this series, they will play the OUA Mid West champion Brock Badgers on Feb. 22.

The men’s basketball team will play its second-last regular season game on Saturday against McMaster. This home game is important for the team’s playoff seeding, as the next two games will be the difference between it coming in second and third in the OUA West. Either way, the team will make the playoffs, which begin on Feb. 23.

The women’s basketball team clinched a first-round bye and second place in the OUA West. Its first playoff game will be the OUA West semi-finals, which will be played on Feb. 20 at Alumni Hall.

In curling, both the men and women’s teams have made it into the playoffs, with records of 6-1 and 7-0 respectively. Their next games will be this weekend in Windsor.

In swimming, a number of Mustangs have qualified for national championships, which will be held in Vancouver from Feb. 21-23.

The wrestling team will travel to McMaster this Saturday to take part in the OUA championships.

On Feb. 4, the team hosted the Western Open, which acted as a good warm-up going into provincials this weekend.

Western women Jenn Nguyen, Lesley McCallum, Katrina Huszarik and Gill McCallum took home silver medals for Western and on the men’s side Austin Van Horne and Robert Grant won silver as well.

Both teams finished second overall. This coming weekend, the team is going for the OUA title in Hamilton.

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