Mustangs take to the road with mixed results

Women's volleyball scores 15th straight victory

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Women's basketball

Joyce Wang

ALL GOOD ON THE HARDWOOD. The women's hoops team was just one of the Mustang teams in action this weekend.

It was a weekend of highs and lows for the Western Mustangs, as some teams lost to rivals while others made quick work of their opponents.

Saturday afternoon, the men’s basketball team faced the McMaster Marauders in Hamilton. Despite a strong first half from the ’Stangs, the Marauders pulled away in the second to edge Western 72-65. Western fell to 9-8, good for fourth place in the Ontario University Athletics West division. Forward Adam Ruickbie paced the Mustangs with 16 points and seven boards while Adam Steiner led the Marauders with 27 points and nine boards.

The women’s basketball team experienced a similar fate this weekend, falling to the Marauders 81-69 in Hamilton. Guard Nadine Paron stood out for the Mustangs, leading the team with 19 points and seven rebounds. Towering forwards Lauren Parkes and Bess Lennox notched 15 and 12 points, respectively. Currently, Western (14-5) is tied for second place in the OUA West with the Guelph Gryphons.

Down the 401 in Kitchener-Waterloo, the women’s volleyball team won its 15th straight game with a five-set victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks Saturday. Western won the opening sets 25-9 and 25-18. The Golden Hawks fought back to take the third and fourth sets 25-23 and 25-21 before Western laid the hammer 15-9 in the fifth and final set, ending Laurier’s surge. Standout middle blocker Stephanie Ruste paced Western with 18 kills, while libero Andrea Ruste had 44 digs in the match.

The men’s volleyball team also faced Laurier in a five-set thriller Saturday, though it didn’t fare as well as the women, losing 3-2 (25-19, 16-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10). Despite the loss, right side Josh Chisholm was outstanding for the Mustangs, contributing 20 kills, while Reid Halpenny and Eric Simon notched 13 and eight kills, respectively.

On the ice, the women’s hockey team defeated the Queen’s Golden Gaels 5-3 Friday. Western moved into a tie for fifth place in the OUA with Brock. The top six teams make the playoffs. In the crucial matchup, keeper Danielle Le Ber made 49 saves, while Roberta Martin, Leigh Trimm-Combes, Alyssa Branson, Melanie Harshaw, and Bianca Emanuele scored for the Mustangs.

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