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Weekend preview, November 28, 2008

Friday November 28, 2008

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL (6-3 OUA, 6-8 overall): 
Host Queen’s (5-4) Friday, November 28 (7:30pm) (SSN CANADA) and RMC (0-9 OUA) Saturday, November 29 (2:30pm).

* The Gee-Gees, 1-2 at Montpetit Hall this season, enter the weekend in second place in the OUA East, four points behind undefeated York (8-0). 
* uOttawa is a combined 15-1 against Queen's and RMC since 2004, outscoring the opposition 51-9. 
* Third-year transfer Tess Edwards, 20, is an Ottawa native who played two seasons at Kentucky before taking over as Gee-Gees starting setter this year. "No amount of sitting on the bench can prepare you," said Edwards, "I'm learning a lot about volleyball." 
* The Gee-Gees struggle with familiarity and cohesion. "We know we can be doing a lot better," said Edwards. "When we do click, watch out. I'm not kidding."

MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-1 OUA, 12-5 overall): 
At Waterloo (5-1) Friday, November 28 (8:00pm) and at Wilfrid Laurier (3-3) Saturday, November 29 (8:00pm).

* The Gee-Gees have won five straight games to jump two spots in this week's CIS top Ten (No. 6) and remain tied with CIS No. 1 Carleton (5-1) atop the OUA East. 
* uOttawa entered the Christmas break last season 7-1. 
* The Gee-Gees are a combined 7-1 against Wilfrid Laurier and Waterloo since 20004, outscoring the opposition 605-528. 
* Fifth-year post Dax Dessureault is the Gee-Gees top scorer at 16.5 points-per-game and is pulling in nearly six (5.83) rebounds-per-game. 
* First-year forward Warren Ward is third in Gee-Gees scoring at 11 points-per-game. "His ability to contribute offensively at this level this early impresses me," said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro, who earned his 100th career regular season win last Saturday over Guelph (67-60). 
* Fifth-year Gee-Gees captain David Labentowicz has little cartilage left in his left knee, which makes playing a challenge for the six-foot-four native of Richmond Hill, ON. "There was a point in time when I didn't know if I would play basketball at this school again," said Labentowicz, 23. "The one leg is about 53 years old right now."

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-3 OUA, 9-6 overall) 
At Waterloo (4-4) Friday, November 28 (6:00 p.m.) and at Wilfrid Laurier (3-5) Saturday, November 29th (6:00 p.m.)

* The Gee-Gees were humbled last weekend at home by losses to Brock and Guelph after blazing to a 4-1 start in the OUA East off a 3-19 finish last year. "Sometimes when you get on a wining streak, you forget what got you on the wining streak," said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. "We learned what we need to be." 
* Sparks mantra: defence, "It's not about wins and losses,"" said Sparks. "It's about how we're playing." * The Gee-Gees are 3-1 against Wilfrid Laurier and 1-3 versus Waterloo since 2004

WOMEN’S HOCKEY (4-2-1 QSSF, 7-5-2 overall): 
At No. 1 McGill (6-0) Saturday, November 29 (7:00 p.m.) Host Syracuse for an exhibition game Sunday, November 30 (2:00 p.m.) at the Sports Complex

* uOttawa has a formidable task seeking to defeat McGill, the undefeated defending national champion which has surrendered just six goals against this season. "It's that whole hunger, heart and determination," said Gee-Gees head coach Shelley Coolidge. "Shoot the puck and beat them to pucks." 
* The Gee-Gees, holding steady at No. 10 in this week's CIS Top Ten, are 2-18-2 against McGill since 2004 and have been out-scored 92-33. 
* Last season the Martlets ran the table in the QSSF, cruising to McGill’s first national championship. 
* Fifth-year goaltender Jessika Audet (3-2, two shutouts, 1.98 GAA in league play) will start for the Gee-Gees in both weekend games. "She knows what it takes to compete, to win, to make the team better," said Coolidge. 
* The Gee-Gees will be without fourth-year defender Christine Allen, who suffered a second serious concussion in two years last weekend as the Gee-Gees finished 1-2 against Atlantic conference schools in exhibition play. 
* uOttawa may also be without fifth-year captain Danika Smith (flu). 
* Syracuse is a first-year NCAA Division-I program, known as the Orange. 
* First-year Syracuse forward Lisa Mullan, a Vernon, B.C. native, played on Team BC with second-year Gee-Gees defender Michelle Snowden, from North Saanich, B.C.

Five Gee-Gees men’s swimmers (Rob Irvine, Hans Fracke, Peter Suen, Bernard Joosten, and Chris Reith) and one women's swimmer (Zoe Kamenz) will compete at the Canada Cup, November 28-20 at the Etobicoke Olympium.