September 15 to September 21 /2003
Wesmen Coach Diane’s Scott’s silver medal winning squad from a season ago is all but intact. Starting setter Talitha Lemoine, who took the opportunity to go to Bordeaux, France on scholarship, is one of the few holes to plug for Scott.
“Four starters are back and that’s very positive,” says Scott, heading into her 9th year at the helm of the Wesmen. “Some of players who didn’t see the floor that much last year will be getting the opportunity to play a lot more.”
Last week the Wesmen battled each other in the annual inter-squad game and this Thursday, many former Wesmen stars will make their return to the court in the Alumni Game. The alumni will include members of the last national championship team from the 1992-93 season, a squad of which Scott was a member.
Wesmen Coach Tanya McKay says her troops are ready for the long haul this season.
“We know we are going right to the middle of March, they know what is ahead. So we know how to prepare ourselves,” says McKay, who is one of three former Wesmen players to be inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame on October 13th.
“The vets are doing a good job of teaching the younger players about our system,” she says.
This week the 13 roster players will split up and face each other on Wednesday in the intra-squad game at the Duckworth Centre.McKay is looking forward to having Heather Thompson back patrolling the paint for the Wesmen after the Second Team All-Canadian sat out last season with a torn ACL.
“It’s nice to have Heather back on the floor she’s a great igniter with her energy and she’s another veteran as well,” she adds.
The Wesmen Men’s 2003-04 Basketball team should be finalized early this week. Wesmen coach Dave Crook, entering into his third year with the University of Winnipeg, has a few final decisions to make on this year’s squad.
“It will be a different year this year,” says Crook. “We’re not going to have some of the same guys back, but we’ve made some additions to make up for the shortfalls.”
The Wesmen hit the hardwood this Wednesday at 7:00 for their intra-squad game, after a potluck dinner with the U of W boosters.
Wesmen Coach Larry McKay has some tough decisions to make. Try-outs for the 2003-04 edition of the Wesmen are into their second week and the play on the court has been intense as players fight for a spot on the final roster.
“The competition between the players is close,” says McKay.
The veteran coach, into his 15th season at the helm of the Wesmen, is using practice, last week’s intra-squad game and this week’s annual Alumni game on Thursday night before finalizing his roster. On that evening, former Wesmen players, including many members from the 1998 National Championship team, will be on hand to challenge the current Wesmen squad. The University of Winnipeg has won 9 CIAU/CIS Men’s Volleyball titles making it one of the top volleyball programs in the country.
“Our alumni game is never an easy match to win,” says McKay. The team’s first CIS action is a prelude to the BOB FM Invitational Tournament at the Duckworth Centre in early October when it takes on Dalhousie University on October 1st and 2nd.