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NOV. 19 - 25, 2009

SPORTS & HEALTH

THEONTARION.CA

A weekend split

H o c key day Gryphonville

Andrew Goloida

Patricia Harris (right) of the Gryphons, attacks the offensive zone in Friday’s game against the Windsor Lancers.

Looking for consistency MIKE TREADGOLD For the Guelph Gryphons women’s volleyball team, the new season couldn’t come soon enough. In 2008-09, the Gryphons went into the Christmas break, having posted a very respectable 7-7 record in an ultra-competitive OUA West division. After the break, however, the Gryphons experienced a serious holiday hangover, dropping seven of their last eight matches and finishing out of the playoff picture, with a 9-14 record. The team had shown considerable promise, but couldn’t hold it all together in the end, struggling to reassert their momentum and halt the losing streak. Now, four games into the 2009-10 season, that familiar winning feeling is once again present. The Gryphons won their first two matches of the new season, a pair of easy victories over Toronto and Lakehead over the Halloween weekend. The victory over Toronto was particularly impressive as the Varsity Blues currently sit in first place in the OUA East. Unfortunately for the Gryphs, the momentum was somewhat short-lived as the team has dropped their last two games to their longtime rivals from Brock and McMaster,

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falling to 2-2 on the season. The fiveset loss to the Badgers was a tireless effort from both teams that saw the Gryphons come up just short. In last Wednesday’s game against the Marauders, the Gryphons stormed out of the gates, taking the first set by a score of 25-15. After the first break, however, McMaster appeared rejuvenated and composed and went on to take the final three sets, 25-14, 25-15 and 25-19 to seal the victory, moving them to 5-1 on the season, good for second place in the division. “Our team as a whole, and as individuals, did not execute at an appropriate level tonight and we did not play with enough passion to make up for the lack of performance,” said head coach Paul Funk. “We are struggling right now and we have some hard questions to answer within our next week and a half of training.” Throughout the season, the Gryphons have been led by three of their most senior players: third-year setter Melissa McGinn, rightside Claire Sandor, and fourth-year middle hitter Kylen Van Osch. Sandor and Van Osch are both among the OUA’s top ten scorers, with Van Osch sitting second in the league, averaging just over four

Rashaad Bhamjee

Kaitlyn Krizmanich (front) gets low for a dig while Jenny Vance (centre) and head coach Paul Funk look on. points-per-game. McGinn has done a great job of setting the table for the Gryphons’ big hitters, averaging 8.75 assists-per-game, placing her sixth in the league. Megan Canavan, a second-year libero, has been a

defensive back-row expert for the team, averaging 4.57 digs-per-game. The Gryphons are back in action this weekend, traveling for a pair of road games against Laurier and Waterloo on Friday and Saturday.

Volleyball (W)

Basketball (M)

Basketball (W)

H ockey (M)

Guelph vs Ryerson: 3-0

Guelph vs McMaster: 1-3

Guelph vs Laurentian: 80-82

Guelph vs Laurentian: 52-72

Guelph v Nipissing: 6-2

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6 6 6 5 4 4 3 1 1 1 0

0 1 2 2 1 2 4 5 6 7 7

Waterloo McMaster Western Laurier Brock Guelph Windsor

H ockey (W) Guelph v Western: 4-2 Laurier Queen’s Guelph York U of T Western Brock Windsor UOIT Waterloo

W

L OTL

9 7 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 1

0 2 2 3 3 5 6 6 6 4

0 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 2

In front of about 300 fans, Derek Knowles and Kris Belan each scored two goals, helping to lead the Gryphons to a 6-2 win over the visiting Nipissing Lakers on Saturday. Ed Gale chipped in with three assists as the Gryphons (4-5-2) swept their weekend games. The Gryphs had defeated the Carleton Ravens 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday. On the women’s side, the lady Gryphons split their weekend series, dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to Windsor on Friday, before handing the Western Mustangs a 4-2 defeat on Saturday evening. The third-place Gryphons (5-2-2) were once again led by winger Jessica Zerafa, whose 14 points place her second in the OUA.

Hoops hardships

Volleyball (M) McMaster Western Queen’s Windsor Guelph Waterloo U of T Laurier Ryerson York RMC

in

W

L

6 5 5 3 3 2 1

0 1 1 2 4 2 4

Lakehead McMaster Waterloo Windsor Western Brock Guelph Laurier

W

L

4 3 3 3 2 1 1 1

0 1 1 1 2 3 3 3

W

L

4 4 3 3 2 1 1 0

0 0 0 1 1 3 3 4

W

L OTL

9 8 7 7 6 5 4 4 3

2 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 6

Western Lakehead Laurier Waterloo Brock York Guelph UOIT Windsor

(Team)

Swimming

(Team)

Campbell Division Championships Gold Guelph Men (4x50 Free) Guelph Women (4x50 Medley, 4x100 Free) Andrew Ford (400 IM, 200 Back, 200 IM, 100 Back) Matthew Stephenson (200 Breast) Ben Roberts (50 Back) Scott Van Doormaal (400 Free) Bethany Flemington (50 Back, 200 Back) Chantique Payne (100 Fly, 50 Free, 200 IM)

X-Country (M)

X-Country

CIS Championship 1. Matt Brunsting (Guelph) 2. Kyle Boorsma (Guelph) 3. Kelly Wiebbe (Regina) ------------------------5. Allan Brett (Guelph) 11. Nigel Wray (Guelph) 12. John Parrott (Guelph)

CIS Championship Women 1. Guelph (57) 2. U of T (144) 3. McMaster (147) Men 1. Guelph (31) 2. Windsor (92) 3. St. FX (170)

X-Country (W)

Swimming

CIS Championship 1. Megan Brown (U of T) 2. Lindsay Carson (Guelph) 3. Valerie Belanger (Sherbrooke) --------------------------8. Rachel Cliff (Guelph) 9. Genevieve Lalonde (Guelph) 17. Courtney Laurie (Guelph)

Campbell Division Championships

1. McMaster (1738) 2. U of T (1678.5) 3. Guelph (1439) 4. Laurentian (688) 5. Queen’s (633.5) 6. York (217) 7. Carleton (183)

Brock Windsor McMaster Western Lakehead Laurier Waterloo Guelph

West

Silver Matthew Stephenson (400 IM, 100 Breast) Ben Roberts (100 Back) Scott Van Doormaal (1500 Free, 200 Back, 200 Fly) Bethany Flemington (100 Free, 50 Fly) Chantique Payne (100 Back) Alexis Jordan (100 Breast, 200 Breast)

0 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 2

The Gryphon men’s and women’s basketball teams continued their slow starts over the weekend, dropping three of four matchups. On the men’s side, the Gryphons received a much-needed boost with the returns of Jonathan Moscatelli and Dan McCarthy from injuries. Moscatelli scored 26 points in his return on Friday, to help lead the Gryphons over the York Lions 96-85. On Saturday, the Gryphon men fell in a heartbreaker, 82-80 to the Laurentian Voyageurs. On the women’s side, the Gryphons dropped a pair of matches, falling 72-71 to the Lions in overtime, followed by a 72-52 defeat at the hands of the Voyageurs.

Gridiron all-stars Seven members of the Gryphons football team have been named as OUA all-stars. Running back Nick Fitzgibbon, defensive back James Savoie, offensive lineman Ryan Bomben and kicker Rob Maver were named to the first team while wide receiver Jedd Gardner, linebacker Adam Dunk and defensive lineman Grant McDonald were named to the second team. This was the first nomination for Bomben and McDonald whereas the other five Gryphon all-stars are repeat recipients.

Honours from the pitch Two members of the Gryphon men’s rugby team have been recognized as OUA all-stars, for their performances in the 2009 campaign. Fifth-year captain C. Leonard received his second consecutive nomination while his second-year teammate Scott Beukeboom received his first such honour. Leonard led the Gryphons with four tries during the regular season. The Gryphons struggled throughout the regular season, finishing with a 1-7 record.

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