November 3 to November 9, 2003
Wesmen Athletes of the Week
Men’s Basketball Marlon Richards
The first year guard averaged 12.5 points a game during the Manitoba Invitational Tournament, picking up a tournament All-star for his efforts.
Women’s Basketball Sally Kaznica
The fifth year point guard earned MVP honours by averaging 9 points and 5 assists while leading the Wesmen to the championship of the Pepsi Invitational Tournament.
No. 9 ranked Wesmen swept the Trinity Western Spartans on the weekend, improving their Canada West record to 2-2. On Friday Winnipeg dropped the first set before storming back to take the next three and the 3-1 match victory. Fourth year left side Aynsley Laluk led the way with 16 kills while third year left side Jocelyne Roy added 13 kills and 5 digs and fourth year middle Andrea Charbonneau had 11 kills and 6 stuff blocks.
On Saturday night the Wesmen made even shorter work of the Spartans, winning 3-0 on the strength of Charbonneau’s 19 kills and 5 stuff blocks, Laluk’s 13 kills and 10 digs and setter Christa Desrochers 31 assists. This weekend the Wesmen face a stiff challenge when they head west to battle the No. 2 ranked Regina Cougars. It will be a re-match of last month’s final of the BOB FM Tournament where the Winnipeg lost in five sets to the Cougars.
The Wesmen split their two games in the Bison Invitational Tournament at the University of Manitoba on the weekend. Clutch foul shooting down the stretch earned Winnipeg a 67-66 win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night. Rookie guard Marlon Richards led the Wesmen with 14 points and 7 assists.
On Saturday night the Windsor Lancers proved to be too much for Winnipeg winning 62-55. Fourth year post J.P. Lynch netted 15 points to lead the Wesmen while fourth year post Tony Richter maintained his double-double season average with 13 points and 15 boards. Richards was named a tournament All-star for his performance over the two contests. The Wesmen finish the pre-season with a 2-4 mark and open their Canada West Conference regular season next weekend at the Duckworth Centre when they take on the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday night, Simon Fraser is the guest, again at 8:00 p.m.
After an early season break in the schedule the No. 3 ranked Wesmen are back on the court when they travel to Regina to battle the No. 10 ranked Regina Cougars this weekend. The Wesmen opened the season by splitting with Manitoba, knocking Winnipeg from the top of the CIS weekly poll. Regina is coming off the losing end of a weekend sweep at the hands of the No. 7 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies.