January 12th-18th, 2004
Pizza Place Players of the Week
Men’s Volleyball Shawn Scarcello
The unsung hero of the Wesmen Men’s Volleyball team, Shawn continues to show why he is one of the best at the libero position in the CIS. The fifth year player had 15 digs in a 3-1 win over UBC on Friday night and another 10 in a 3-0 victory to complete the Wesmen sweep on Saturday.
Women’s Basketball Heather Thompson
The fourth year post, in her first regular season game in two years, was dominant against the Brandon Bobcats in a two-game Wesmen sweep. Heather had 14 points and 10 boards in only 13 minutes of work on Thursday, and added 14 points and 7 rebounds on Saturday.
The Wesmen reached the halfway point of their 20 match Canada West Conference schedule after sweeping the UBC Thunderbirds in a pair of matches at the Duckworth Centre on the weekend. No. 4 ranked Winnipeg improved their record to 6-4, looking impressive in the process, by knocking off the No. 9 ranked Thunderbirds 3-1 and 3-0. Fifth year outside Stephen Ens, having an outstanding final year, led the Wesmen charge. Ens averaged 15.5 kills over the two matches. And fellow fifth year mate Shawn Scarcello was again a defensive force, averaging 12.5 digs a match. Winnipeg is on the road this weekend where they will face the No. 3 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies, winners of both matches against No. 5 ranked Calgary last weekend, in another battle of two of the top CIS Men’s Volleyball outfits.
In one of the their best matches of the season, at a time when they really needed it, the Wesmen knocked off the No. 3 ranked UBC Thunderbirds 3-0 on Saturday night. After a disheartening five-set defeat on Friday night, No. 8 ranked Winnipeg bounced back with the big win the next day. Left side Jocelyne Roy was the catalyst on Saturday night, picking up 15 kills and 15 digs in a dominant performance. Fourth year middle Andrea Charbonneau had herself a decent match as well with 13 kills and two stuff blocks. On Friday night the Wesmen couldn’t handle a potent Thunderbird attack in the fifth set, dropping a 15-10 decision. Left side Aynsley Laluk had 23 kills and 14 digs for Winnipeg in that match, while Roy added19 kills and 22 digs. The Wesmen are now at 5-7 in the tight Canada West Conference and head to Saskatoon for two matches with the Saskatchewan Huskies on the weekend. Winnipeg hopes it will be the first of two trips to Saskatoon in the next couple of months, as the University of Saskatchewan is the host of this year’s CIS Women’s Volleyball Nationals in March.
The Wesmen picked up two important wins over the Brandon Bobcats last week. No. 4 ranked Winnipeg now sits at 7-3, still within striking distance of the No. 2 ranked and 10-0 Regina Cougars. The Wesmen scoring was balanced in both contests against the Bobcats, with JoAnne Wells nailing 19 points, Uzo Asagwara 18 points and Heather Thompson adding 14 points on Thursday night at the Duckworth Centre in a 61-40 win, and Wells with 16, Thompson 14 and Kate Daniels and Sally Kaznica with 11 and 10 points respectively in a 74-56 triumph on Saturday in Brandon. Winnipeg is at home this weekend, taking on the Alberta Golden Bears on Friday night and the surging Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday. The Wesmen hope to have fifth year forward Janet Wells back in the line-up for Friday. Her shoulder injury is listed as day to day.
The Wesmen suffered a pair of defeats to the Brandon Bobcats last week, dropping their Canada West Conference record to 0-10. On Thursday at the Duckworth Centre Winnipeg, despite a number of turnovers, stayed with the Bobcats for most of the game, until a late Brandon run propelled them to a 71-64 victory. Mike Gomez and Dave Brar had 17 points each to lead the Wesmen. In Brandon on Saturday night, the Bobcats were again too much for Winnipeg, this time cruising to a 69-51 home win. Tony Richter’s 8 points and 7 rebounds was tops for Winnipeg. This weekend the Wesmen battle the No. 5 ranked Alberta Golden Bears on Friday night and then take on the Saskatchewan Huskies, coming off a weekend sweep of the No. 4 ranked Calgary Dinos, on Saturday.