Women's season wrap-up

Volleyball team settles for bronze

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs women's volleyball

Jon Purdy

DROPPING OUT LIKE HIGH-SCHOOL STONERS. The Mustangs were actually anything but high this week, as the women’s teams came up short in the postseason.

Despite failing to run the table, several Western women’s teams had noteworthy playoff runs. Additionally, many athletes were recognized as Ontario University Athletics all-stars, hinting at great things to come for Mustangs teams.

Women’s basketball
Western’s young women’s hoops squad had a successful season, earning a first-round bye in the OUA playoffs by securing third place in the league’s West division.

Heading into the postseason with a formidable 17-5 record, the ’Stangs seemed poised to take on the division rival Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Hall. However, the Purple and Silver fell to the visiting Gryphons 68-59 in a hard-fought match.

Prior to taking on the Gryphons, Mustangs guard Amanda Anderson and forward Nadine Paron were named OUA all-stars. Anderson, the reigning Canadian Interuniversity Sport Rookie of the Year, was seventh in the OUA in scoring and assists, averaging 14.7 and 3.6 per game, respectively. Paron averaged 14.4 points 5.9 boards per contest.

Women’s hockey
After struggling early in the season, the women’s hockey team entered the new year facing a tough road to the OUA playoffs. In January and February, however, the ’Stangs went 8-5. The women finished 11-11-1-1, earning a home playoff date.

In its first playoff game, Western trailed Guelph 3-2 entering the third. The Mustangs tied the game 4-4 to force an extra frame, but Guelph’s Elysia Desmier scored 16 seconds in to end Western’s season for good. The remaining teams will battle for the provincial title at Thompson Arena this weekend.

On a brighter note, Western’s standout defender Veronica Johnston was named the top rookie defender in the conference and made the OUA all-rookie team. She had six assists on the year.

Bianca Emanuele led the Mustangs with 12 points. She was tied for third in the OUA with three game-winning goals.

Women’s volleyball
The women’s volleyball squad had another hugely successful regular season, cementing its spot as one of Ontario’s best. After closing the regular season with an 18-1 record, Western was in good shape heading into the postseason.

The Purple and Silver defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks in straight sets in the OUA quarter-final at Alumni Hall, earning the right to host the OUA Final Four.

The eventual-champion Ottawa Gee-Gees eliminated Western in the semifinal in a five-set thriller. The following night, Western beat the Toronto Varsity Blues for the OUA bronze medal.

The team received several honours, including head coach Dean Lowrie’s prize as OUA Coach of the Year. Also recognized were Julia Hall, a second-team All-Canadian, and Jenna Thomson, named setter to the CIS all-rookie team.

Hall, a Varsity Blues transfer, had an outstanding 178 kills and 244 digs this season. Thomson notched 398 assists.

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