November 10 to November 16, 2003
Wesmen Athletes of the Week
The fourth year guard, and an early season favourite for the Nan Copp award as the outstanding Women’s Basketball player in the CIS, averaged 22 points and 7 rebounds in wins over the Trinity Western Spartans and No. 2 ranked Simon Fraser Clan on the weekend. JoAnne was particularly impressive in leading the No. 3 ranked Wesmen to the win over Simon Fraser. In that contest she had 27 points on 10 of 12 shooting from the field and a perfect 7 for 7 from the free-throw line.
Men’s Volleyball Jarrod Small
The third year middle out of Crocus Plains High School in Brandon, had 10 kills and no errors in 12 spike attempts in the No. 3 ranked Wesmen’s 3-1 win over the Regina Cougars on Saturday night. On Friday night Jarrod was again dominant, with 14 kills in 17 attempts to go along with 4 stuff blocks in another 3-1 win.
Wesmen Weekend Wrap-up game and match details at www.wesmen.ca
The No. 3 ranked Wesmen opened their Canada West Conference regular season with a pair of wins over Pacific Division foes, the Trinity Western Spartans and the Simon Fraser Clan. On Friday night the Wesmen took care of a Spartan squad boasting two former Wesmen players in Roslyn Fast and Lee Wedlake, 74-63, on the strength of fourth year guard JoAnne Well’s 17 points and 9 rebounds. Fifth year point guard Sally Kaznica added 16 points and 5 assists as well. On Saturday night Winnipeg ran its winning streak to 10 games with a hard-fought victory over No. 2 ranked Simon Fraser. Wells was again tops for the Wesmen, this time picking up 27 points and 5 rebounds in a 69-61 win. Sister Janet was pretty good too, adding 13 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Winnipeg next sees action this Thursday when they take on cross-town rivals Manitoba, also 2-0 to start the season, at the Fort Garry campus. The return match-up is back at the Duckworth Centre on Saturday night. No. 4 Manitoba handed Winnipeg its only loss of the year so far, a last second 65-63 defeat in the first game of the season.
The No. 3 ranked Wesmen swept the Regina Cougars on the weekend, taking both matches
3-1. Third year middle Jarrod Small propelled Winnipeg to the pair of victories with 14 kills on Friday night and another 10 on Saturday. Fifth year player Cam Dobie was also strong in the middle for the Wesmen on Friday night, shutting down the Cougar attack with 5 stuff blocks. Fifth year opposite Stephen Ens added 4 aces for good measure. On Saturday Ens was back at it with 3 more aces and 23 kills for good measure. Winnipeg improves to 3-1 in Canada West Conference play.
This weekend the Wesmen travel to Romeoville, Illinois, just south of Chicago to play a pair of exhibition matches against The Lewis University Flyers, 2003 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Champions. The Flyers are the team to beat in the NCAA again this season, returning all their starters from last year. The Wesmen are visiting during ‘homecoming weekend’ and Coach Larry McKay expects a big crowd on hand for the matches.
The Wesmen had a tough start to the 2003-04 Canada West regular season, dropping decisions to the Trinity Western Spartans and the Simon Fraser Clan on the weekend. On Friday night Winnipeg faced a solid Trinity Western team, led by Winnipeg natives Adam Friesen and Jon Lundgren, losing 84-56. The Wesmen got 14 points and 4 rebounds from fourth year wing Dave Brar and 10 points from fourth year wing Tosin Opanubi. On Saturday night Winnipeg stayed with a talented Simon Fraser squad until half way through the second half when the Clan pulled away for a 73-59 victory. Third year forward Mike Gomez was tops for the Wesmen with 18 points and 4 rebounds, while Brar chipped in with 13 points and 7 assists. The 0-2 Wesmen face the improved 1-1 Manitoba Bisons in a home and home series, Thursday at the University of Manitoba and then Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre in an important early season pair of games for Winnipeg.
With a team weakened by the flu, the No. 8 ranked Wesmen lost both matches to the No. 2 ranked University of Regina Cougars on the weekend. Winnipeg was without a big part of their offense, third year left side Jocelyne Roy, who was too sick to make the trip to Regina. On Friday night the Wesmen went up 2-0 on the Cougars and were leading 16-11 in the third before as coach Diane Scott put it “the wheels fell off.” Regina came back to win the next three and then swept Winnipeg 3-0 the next day. Fourth year left side Aynsley Laluk had 14 kills, 2 stuff blocks and 8 digs to lead the Wesmen in the first match, while third year left side Lauren MacKenzie added 12 kills, 2 stuff blocks and 8 digs. On Saturday night, MacKenzie supplied her team with 10 kills, 2 stuff blocks and an ace and Laluk pitched in with 9 kills and a stuff block. The Wesmen have next weekend off before facing Simon Fraser on Nov. 21st and 22nd at the Duckworth Centre.