Mustangs gear up for the season's finish

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

This weekend was filled with Mustangs action, as the basketball, volleyball and hockey teams reached the nitty-gritty of the regular season.

In women’s basketball, the Mustangs faced the visiting Lakehead Thunderwolves Friday and Saturday night at Alumni Hall. In Friday’s contest, Western easily defeated the Thunderwolves 82-65. Four Mustangs scored double figures, including Bess Lennox, who led the team with 20 points and six rebounds. Nadine Paron added 18 points and five defensive boards, while Amanda Anderson chipped in nine points and seven boards.

Saturday, the team improved to 13-4 with a 68-56 victory over the Thunderwolves. Lauren Parkes paced the Mustangs with a 23-point, five-rebound performance.

The men’s basketball team also played a doubleheader against visiting Lakehead. Friday night, the men defeated the Thunderwolves 80-62. Andrew Wedemire led the ’Stangs with 16 points, while Brad Smith notched 15 points and six boards. Saturday, the Mustangs won 72-46, as Smith paced the Mustangs with 15 points and five rebounds.

On the ice, the women’s hockey squad defeated the Guelph Gryphons 3-0 Saturday. Lindsay Doxtator, Kristin Whitney, and Melanie Harshaw scored for Western, while Danielle Le Ber earned her second shutout this season.

The men’s hockey team also fared well, defeating the Brock Badgers 4-1 at the John Labatt Centre Saturday. Western had a pair of goals from Jesse Boucher and Steve Benedetti, while goalie Brad Topping made 31 saves.

Back on the court, the women’s volleyball team swept the Royal Military College Paladins 3-0 (25-6, 25-18, 25-13). First-year setter Nicole Smyrnios had 30 assists and Caroline Descours and Jacqueline Robinson had seven kills and eight kills, respectively.

The men’s volleyball bounced back from its Saturday loss to Queen’s, beating the RMC Paladins 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17) Sunday. Western rookies Devin Atkinson and Sanders Lazier contributed nine kills each to capture the first set, while Andrew Setter recorded 20 assists.

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