September 29 to October 5 /2003
The Women’s Volleyball kicked off their 2003-04 season by winning three out of five matches and picking up third place in the Regina Invitational Volleyball Tournament on the weekend. On Friday in their opening match, the 2002-03 CIS silver medallist Wesmen fell to the University of Alberta 3-2 and later on in the evening dropped a 3-0 decision to a tough University of Calgary team. But on Saturday the Wesmen rebounded to take both of their matches, beating the Regina Cougars 3-1, and then knocking off cross-town rivals, the Manitoba Bisons by the same 3-1 score. Left side Jocelyne Roy was named an All-Star for the tournament, picking up where she left off at the end of last season when she was named an All-star in the CIS National Championships. Fourth year middle blocker Andrea Charbonneau also played well in the season-opening tournament featuring Canada West Conference teams only, and second year setter Krista Desrochers faired well in her first time as the starting setter for the team. Second year right side Lee Hrenchuk’s play also stood out.
Overall Coach Diane Scott was happy with her team’s performance.
“It gave us a chance to play different people at different positions,” she said. “We are definitely at a good point for this early in the season.
“Canada West is going to be a dogfight this year,” said Scott. “It is very even right across the board.”
Next weekend the Wesmen Women and Men host their own tournament at the Duckworth Centre the BOB FM Challenge. Top CIS Teams from Regina, Manitoba, McGill, Toronto and the host Wesmen lock horns in what should be a weekend of great volleyball action. In the feature match of Friday evening, the Wesmen take on Montreal’s McGill University at 6 p.m at the Duckworth Centre.
The Wesmen had a great weekend away from the city when they ventured south of the border to Roseau, Minnesota for a coaching clinic. The team spent three hours with the Grades 9 to 12 female basketball team members at Roseau High School. A spirited practice followed, and then the team settled in for some team building sessions.
“It’s goal setting for the year,” explained Coach Tanya McKay. This season with the Wesmen hosting the Nationals, preparation for the long season is important.
“We talk about what may come up during the season and address things like training, the schedule and the playoffs,” added McKay.
The team also took the time away to get to know each other. The Wesmen are a close, veteran squad, so the four newcomers, rookies Stephanie Timmersman, Kristine Zatorsky, Lindsay de Leeuw and third year college transfer Michelle Roots got a chance to bond with their more established teammates.
Coach Dave Crook’s Men’s Basketball team took on their Alumni this past Wednesday night, squeaking out a 79-78 victory. The group of alumni was an impressive bunch including stars of the 80’s, 90’s and some recent graduates. Some of the players on hand were Murray Gehman, Jeff Foreman, Scott Anderson, Norm Fromel, current assistant coach Matej Maroti, Luc Buller, Kirby Schepp and Suk Singh.
Crook liked that it was a competitive game.
“They had some big guys out there,” said Crook. “But we ended up pulling it off.”
Newcomer Michael Gomez played well for the Wesmen, and every time the team really needed a bucket. 4th year wing Tosin Opanubi also had a strong outing and Kevin Yeboah turned in a great effort as well.
“He’s a guy we’re going to count on this year so it was nice to see him play like he did,” said Crook of his third year guard. The Wesmen have two more weeks of practice before they see their first CIS action of the year when they play in the Wilfrid Laurier Tournament on October 16th and 17th.
“It was a great weekend,” said Wesmen coach Larry McKay. “Everything was organized by Janice Mullin. The Swan River volleyball enthusiast was rewarded for her efforts when she coached one of the inter-squad teams to victory.