February 16 - 22, 2004
Pizza Place Players of the Week
Men’s Volleyball Stephen Ens
The fifth year outside had 27 kills, 16 digs and 2 service aces in two matches against Manitoba last week.
Women’s Volleyball Aynsley Laluk
The fourth year left side led the Wesmen with 35 kills and 16 digs in two matches against Manitoba last week.
The Wesmen hit the road for the first round of the Canada West Conference playoffs after losing their final two regular season games. Their opponent will be the No. 8 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies, winners of the Central Division with an 11-9 record, and awarded home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs because of the Division crown. Winnipeg, who fall from the No. 1 ranking after the two weekend losses on the West Coast (72-55 to UBC and 67-56 to Victoria), finish with a 13-7 record. In their only meeting of the season, the Wesmen knocked off the Huskies at the Duckworth Centre on January 17th by a 75-55 score. The best of three series begins Friday in Saskatoon; game time is 6:15 p.m. The two teams meet again on Saturday, again at 6:15 p.m. And if they are tied the final game goes Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Winnipeg will look to Nann Copp Award candidate JoAnne Wells who led the Canada West Conference in scoring with 18.7 ppg. Wells was also fifth in rebounding with 7.4 a game, and had a .530 field goal percentage good for fourth spot in the Conference. She is also the second best free throw shooter in Canada West with a .864 mark, finishing only behind her sister Janet who has a .891 percentage. The Wesmen also count on fifth year veteran Sally Kaznica who averages 9.6 ppg and 4.6 assists the No. 5 playmaker in the Conference. Second year guard Uzo Asagwara adds more scoring, averaging just under 10 points a game while fourth year post Heather Thompson has averaged just a shade under a double-double 9.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, since returning from injury and playing the last 12 regular season games. Saskatchewan counters with outstanding second year post Sarah Crooks. The Fife Lake, Saskatchewan native leads the Conference in rebounding with 9.8 a game and is No. 1 in field goal percentage with a .608 mark. She also scores over 14 points a game. Guard Ashley Dutchak runs the Saskatchewan offence, averaging 4.39 assists per game to go along with 13.7 points. The other Canada West Conference first round match-ups are: No. 1 Regina vs. No. 8 Calgary, No. 2 British Columbia vs. No. 7 Manitoba and No. 3 Victoria vs. No. 6 Simon Fraser.
After two losses to the Manitoba Bisons last week, the Wesmen finish in fifth spot in the Canada West Conference and now travel to Calgary to take on the No. 2 seed and No. 1 ranked in the CIS Calgary Dinos in the first round of the playoffs. Winnipeg finished tied with Manitoba for fourth spot but Manitoba got the nod because of a 4-0 regular season mark against the Wesmen. Calgary finished with a 17-3 Conference record, with Alberta nipping the Dinos for first place. Winnipeg heads to the post-season with an 8-12 record and are hoping to upset the Dinos for a chance to return to the Nationals where they won the silver medal in 2002-03. In their two regular season matches, Calgary swept Winnipeg back in late November winning 3-2 and 3-1. To beat the Dinos, the Wesmen will have to get great performances from fourth year middle Andrea Charbonneau and fourth year left side Aynsley Laluk. Charbonneau averages 3.11 kills and 4.07 total points per set. Her blocking is fourth best in the Conference at 1.09 a set. Laluk checks in at 3.23 kills and 3.52 total points per set. Setter Christa Desrochers averages 9.27 assists a set good for fifth in Canada West. The Dinos rely on the one-two punch of Joanna Niemczewska and Amanda Moppet who anchor the Calgary attack with 4.06 and 3.48 total points per set respectively. Neda Boromond is the top libero in the Conference with 4 digs per set and setter Natalie Schwartz averages 10.23 assists per set. Game times for the the weekend are Friday and Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m if necessary. The rest of the Canada West Conference first round matches feature No. 1 seed Alberta vs. No. 6 seed Regina and No. 4 seed Manitoba against No. 3 seed UBC.
The Wesmen head to Alberta for the first round of the Canada West Conference playoffs after losing both ends of a home and home series with the Manitoba Bisons to end the regular season. No. 5 ranked Winnipeg finishes the season with a 9-11 mark and have a date with the No. 1 ranked Golden Bears, who had to settle for the second seed after losing the fourth tie-breaker to the Manitoba Bisons. Alberta swept the Wesmen, 3-0, 3-0 when the two teams met in Edmonton on February 6th and 7th. Winnipeg goes into the first round match-up as underdogs and is looking to veterans Stephen Ens, Cam Dobie and Shawn Scarcello to lead the team to an upset. Ens’ 3.16 kills per set fuel the Wesmen attack and his 36 service aces are second in the Conference. Dobie clocks in with a .375 hitting percentage and Scarcello averages 1.82 digs per set. Middle Jarrod Small is also a force to be reckoned with, as the 6’5” middle leads Canada West with .437 hitting percentage. Rookie setter Dustin Addison-Schneider runs the show with 10.29 assists per set. The Golden Bears feature Nicholas Cundy with 3.25 kills per set, and Jeremy King who averages 3.97 total points per set. Setter Brock Davidiuk orchestrates the Alberta attack with 10.22 assists a set. Match times are 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. If Sunday’s match is necessary, the time is 2:00 p.m. In the other playoff match-ups, No. 1 seed Manitoba plays No. 6 seed UBC and No. 3 seed Saskatchewan hosts No. 4 seed Trinity Western.
The Wesmen finished a difficult 2003-04 season by dropping both games of a weekend West Coast swing. On Sunday, Winnipeg took on the Victoria Vikes, who had been eliminated from the Canada West post season the night before, and suffered a 91-65 loss. Third year guard Kevin Yeboah led Winnipeg with 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, while third year forward Michael Gomez added 13 points and 3 rebounds. On Friday night on the mainland, the Wesmen were drubbed by the UBC Thunderbirds, 101-55, snapping a three-game winning streak. Fourth year post Tony Richter had 11 for Winnipeg, first year guard Marlon Richards chipped in with 8 points. The Wesmen end the season with a 3-17 mark in the Canada West Conference and an 8-22 record overall.