Men's fencing epee team earns provincial gold

Women's volleyball squad loses in the playoffs

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Josh Chisholm jumping past the net to volley the ball

Jonas Hrebeniuk

JOSH CHISHOLM HAS BEEN CAST AS WILSON IN THE NEW SERIES HOME IMPROVEMENT. The men's volleyball team ended its postseason run against the McMaster Marauders this Saturday with a 3-1 loss.

Jason Milliquet had a standout performance for the Western men’s basketball team, netting seven three-pointers in a playoff match-up that saw the Mustangs defeat the McMaster Marauders 99-87.

The win leaves the Mustangs with a 12-9 record, eager to take on their next (undetermined) opponent in a home game set for Feb. 23.

Western men’s and women’s volleyball teams fell victim to powerful McMaster squads this past weekend; both teams lost their matches three games to one.

Shattering Western’s dreams for Ontario University Athletics championship titles, the McMaster women’s team will advance to the OUA final four while the Marauder men will proceed to the best-of-three OUA finals.

The Mustangs women started out strong, winning the opening set by a narrow score of 26-24, but the short-lived victory was followed by three unfortunate losses (17-25, 12-25, 21-25).

The men’s team opened up with a 25-19 victory, but fell short in the following three sets (15-25, 15-25, 21-25).

Laura Skopelianos and Gill McCallum captured gold medals at the OUA Wrestling Championships this past weekend in Hamilton and played instrumental roles in the Western women’s second place finish overall.

Stephanie Szmiett and Jennifer Nguyen were key forces for the women, capturing silver medals in their respective weight classes, while Erin Cochrane and Katrina Huszarik brought home bronze.

For the Western men, it was captain Jeff Werden, and senior Jeff Dawson who brought home the Mustangs’ hardware.

Werden earned silver medal honours in the 54-kg class, while Dawson repeated his bronze medal finish of last year in the 72-kg division. Both men earned a ticket to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport title round and will join the Mustangs women in Calgary at the end of the month.

After leading the men’s wrestling team this season, senior Phil Medeiros dropped a close semi-final match and failed to qualify for CIS.

He finished fourth along with first-year Mike Ciniello while Brett Ferguson, Wolff Schweitzer and Austin Van Horne finished fifth, and Robert Grant and Corey Palmer placed sixth overall. The men’s team settled for fifth overall.

The Western men’s curling team earned silver this past weekend in the OUA championships. The men defeated Queen’s University in the semi-final match-up, by a score of 8-3. Coming off Saturday’s victory, a strong Golden Hawks squad from Laurier proved to be more than the Mustangs could handle and the men dropped Sunday’s final 8-3.

The Western women’s curling team endured an early upset in the OUA championships and dropped its tiebreaker game to a determined Laurier squad. The Mustangs settled for fourth while the Golden Hawks went on to win the gold, defeating Queen’s 8-5 in the final.

The Western men’s and women’s fencing teams traveled to Kingston this weekend to compete in the OUA championships. The men’s epee team earned gold while the sabre team finished fourth. Western men finished fifth overall.

On the women’s side of the fence, the Mustangs finished fourth overall behind strong teams from Royal Military College, Toronto and Carleton universities.

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