November 24 to December 1, 2003
Pizza Place Players of the Week
Men’s Volleyball Stephen Ens
The fifth year outside hitter had 26 kills in two matches against the Calgary Dinos on the weekend. Stephen led his team with 15 kills in a 3-2 match victory over the Dinos on Saturday, salvaging a split for the Wesmen.
Women’s Volleyball Christa Desrochers
The second year setter ran a potent Wesmen attack against Simon Fraser University on the weekend resulting in a sweep for Winnipeg. Christa had 87 assists over the two matches.
The No. 9 ranked Wesmen desperately needed to win both matches against No. 10 Simon Fraser to get back into the thick of things in the Canada West Conference and they delivered. On Friday night at the Duckworth Centre in their first home match in almost a month, the Wesmen were firing on all cylinders right from the get-go, winning the opening two sets in convincing fashion, 25-12 and 25-16. The Clan rallied briefly, taking the third set but Winnipeg regained the momentum in the fourth and put Simon Fraser away winning the match 3-1 in the process. Third year middle Kristin Brisebois played the best match of her Wesmen career, picking up 16 kills while dominating at the net. Fourth year middle Andrea Charbonneau added 14 kills and 9 digs, while third year left side Jocelyne Roy and fourth year Aynsley Laluk had 12 and 11 kills respectively. Second year setter Christa Desrochers efficiently ran the Wesmen offense, racking up 52 assists. On Saturday afternoon the Wesmen made short work of the Clan, sweeping Simon Fraser 3-0. Roy led the Wesmen with 11 kills and 8 digs in the Saturday match, while Laluk chipped in with 10 kills and 7 digs. The weekend sweep evens Winnipeg’s Canada West Conference record at 4-4. Winnipeg next sees action against the No.1 ranked Calgary Dinos at the Duckworth Centre on Nov. 28th and 29th.
The No. 2 ranked Wesmen earned a weekend split by knocking off the No. 7 ranked Calgary Dinos in five sets on Saturday afternoon. Winnipeg lost the first set, but were in no mood to relive Friday night’s 3-0 loss to the Dinos. The Wesmen won the next two sets, 25-21 and 25-18, with Winnipeg coach Larry McKay sometimes using a lineup of two fifth year players and three rookies. Calgary rebounded to take the fourth set, setting the stage for a final first-to-15 showdown. In the fifth it was all Wesmen, as they kept the Dinos in check with a 15-9 victory and a 3-2 match win. Fifth year outside Stephen Ens with 15 kills, fifth year middle Cam Dobie with 10 kills and another 9 from rookie Ben Schellenberg led the Wesmen attack. The split puts Winnipeg’s Canada West Conference record at 4-2. Things don’t get any easier for the Wesmen as they play host to the No. 4 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies at the Duckworth Centre on Friday Nov. 28 and Saturday Nov. 29.
The Wesmen lost twice to the Regina Cougars on the weekend, snapping a 12-game winning streak and registering their first two losses of the Canada West Conference season. On Friday night, the Wesmen couldn’t get things going, losing to the No. 7 ranked Cougars 75-57. Fourth year guard JoAnne Wells had 26 points for Winnipeg, while rookie Stephanie Timmersmen added 8 points. On Saturday night it was the same story, although this time JoAnne Wells was not in the lineup, as the Wesmen dropped a 75-53 decision. Second year forward Kate Daniels led the Winnipeg scoring attack with 15 points and third year post Kate Daniels and fifth year guard Sally Kaznica chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively. Winnipeg will lose their No. 1 ranking and drop to 4-2 in the Great Plains Division of the Canada West Conference, tied with the Manitoba Bisons.
The Wesmen hope to regroup this weekend when they travel to Alberta to face the No. 10 ranked Calgary Dinos on Friday night, and the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday night.
The Wesmen suffered two losses to the Regina Cougars on the weekend and now sit at 0-6 in Canada West Conference play this season. On Friday night the game went down to the final minute before the Cougars sunk some late free-throws to preserve an 80- 73 win. Third year wing Mike Gomez led Winnipeg with 21 points, while fourth year wing Dave Brar added 18 points. On Saturday night the Wesmen were down 14 points at half and cut that deficit to 9 in the final 20 minutes, but couldn’t get any closer as the Cougars heated up offensively down the stretch for a 86-56 win. The Wesmen got 11 points each from second year post Oliver Leslie and fourth year post Tony Richter. Next weekend the Winnipeg face the No. 4 ranked Calgary Dinos on Friday night and travel to Lethbridge, Coach Dave Crook’s old stomping grounds, to take on the Pronghorns on Saturday.