October 13 to October 19 /2003
The Wesmen won their second consecutive tournament by taking the West-East Invitational at the University of Regina this past weekend. Winnipeg defeated McMaster 3-1 in its first match on Friday and then knocked off York 3-2 and McMaster 3-0 again on Saturday. On Sunday Winnipeg took care of Queens twice, once in the last round robin game 3-0, and then later in the final, again by the same 3-0 score. Winnipeg has yet to taste defeat in the young CIS season, running off 12-0 start and serving notice it will be a team to be reckoned with in the Canada West Conference this season. The Wesmen next see action on Oct. 23 when they open their Canada West regular season with a home date against the Manitoba Bisons. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Wesmen opened their CIS season by going 2-1 and winning the round robin Converse Shootout Tournament this weekend. After dropping a last second 65-63 decision to the Manitoba Bisons on Friday, Winnipeg rebounded to throttle the Lakehead Thunderwolves 78-52 on Saturday night. On Sunday the Wesmen faced a veteran Regina Cougars squad in a game that had to be won by 11 points to ensure a first place finish in the four team tournament. Winnipeg did just that coming away with a 64-53 victory. Great performances on the weekend included 4th year guard JoAnne Wells and 5th year guard Sally Kaznica who were both awarded Tournament All-stars for their efforts. 3rd year forward Kate Daniels also had an outstanding tournament, averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds over the three contests and being named Defensive player of the tournament. The Wesmen next see action on the weekend when they head across town to the University of Manitoba for the Bison Invitational Tournament on Oct. 17-19.
After finishing second in the BOB FM Volleyball Challenge, the Wesmen were rewarded with the No. 3 ranking in the nation last week. The 2002-03 CIS finalists will carry the ranking into their opening match of the Canada West regular season against cross-town rivals Manitoba on Oct. 23rd at the Duckworth Centre. With four spots being awarded to the Canada West Conference for this year’s Nationals every regular season match carries a great deal of importance. Game time for the Thursday October 23rd match is 6:00 p.m.
The Wesmen get their first taste of CIS competition when they travel east to Ontario to play in the Wilfrid Laurier Invitational tournament from Oct. 17-18. Winnipeg opens against Waterloo on the Friday and then plays the winner of Wilfrid Laurier and Toronto on Saturday. Coach Dave Crook says his team is looking forward to starting the season.
“The guys are really ready to go and with the way things have been going in practice I’m optimistic.”
The following weekend the Wesmen open their home schedule with the Midway Chrysler Invitational Tournament. Winnipeg faces McGill on Friday October 24th at 6:15 p.m. and then on Saturday Oct. 25th take on the University of Mary, again at 6:15 p.m.