October 27 to November 2 /2003
Athletes of the Week
Men’s Volleyball Stephen Ens
The fifth year outside had 14 kills and 6 digs in No. 1 Winnipeg’s victory over the Bisons on Thursday at the Duckworth Centre.
Women’s Volleyball Aynsley Laluk
Wesmen The fourth year left side led her team in two important statistical categories on the weekend, averaging 14 kills and 14 digs over two matches against Manitoba.
Wesmen Weekend Wrap-up
The No.1 ranked Wesmen split with the Manitoba Bisons to open their Canada West regular season schedule on the weekend. On Thursday evening in front of 1900 fans at the Duckworth Centre, Winnipeg knocked off No. 5 Manitoba 3-1. Fifth year right side Stephen Ens led the Wesmen attack with 14 kills and 6 digs. In the return match on Saturday night at the University of Manitoba, the Bisons came back with a vengeance sweeping the Wesmen 3-0, and snapping Winnipeg’s 13 match winning streak. Third year left side Dave Bishop picked up 9 kills in that contest, while first year left side Ben Schellenberg and fifth year middle Cam Dobie added 6 kills each. Coach Larry McKay’s Wesmen have the upcoming week off and then return to action at the University of Regina against the Cougars on Nov. 7th and 8th.
The Wesmen finished the 18th annual Midway Chrysler Tournament with a 1-1 record after losing to North Dakota’s University of Mary 79-58 on Saturday night. On Friday night Winnipeg took it to the McGill Redmen, beating the Quebec Conference school 77-57 in a game where he Redmen couldn’t handle an up-tempo Wesmen attack. Fourth year post Tony Richter was named an All-star for his performance on the weekend, averaging a double-double (16.5 points, 11 rebounds) over the two games. First year player Matt Opalko was impressive in his home debut picking up an All-star as well. The Wesmen are next in action at the University of Manitoba where they play in the Bison Invitational Tournament on the weekend. Winnipeg takes on Saskatchewan on Oct. 31st at 6:15 p.m and then Windsor on Nov.1st, again at 6:15 p.m.
The No. 4 ranked Wesmen faced the unranked Manitoba Bisons on the weekend and came out on the losing end of both matches in the home and home series to open the Canada West regular season. Thursday at the Duckworth Centre Winnipeg started strongly; winning the first set, but lost the next three and the match. Fourth year left side Aynsley Laluk led the Wesmen with 15 kills and 11 digs, while fourth year middle Andrea Charbonneau added 14 more kills. The Wesmen didn’t fare any better in the second match at the University of Manitoba on Saturday, again taking the first set, but then losing three straight and giving up the match. Laluk was again tops for the Wesmen on Saturday notching 14 kills and picking up 17 digs in a losing effort. Winnipeg next sees action this weekend when they travel to Trinity Western to take on the Spartans.
The Wesmen return to action this upcoming weekend when they host the Pepsi Invitational Tournament at the Duckworth Centre on the weekend. Winnipeg takes a
5-1 pre-season record and the No. 3 ranking in the CIS into the round-robin tournament where they face Brandon on Friday at 6:15 p.m., McMaster on Saturday again at 6:15 p.m. and Toronto on Sunday at noon.
The time off has allowed Coach Tanya McKay’s squad to recuperate from injuries and there should be a full roster on hand for the tournament, including posts Heather Thompson and Jae Pirnie, as well as forward Stephanie Timmersmen.