Western Mustangs burst their opponent's bubble
The collapse of the University Tennis Centre bubble didn't stand in the way of victory for the Western Mustangs men's tennis team this past weekend.
The Mustangs defeated the Brock Badgers and the Queen's Golden Gaels, the former a 7-0 trampling and the latter a 5-2 victory.
Mustangs coach Dino Sartoretto said the collapse of the bubble was probably due to a power outage from Friday's storm.
Fortunately, weather conditions permitted the use of outdoor facilities at the GoodLife Fitness and Tennis Club of London. Sartoretto said the change of venue wasn't too detrimental to his squad.
"We've had a couple of practices here at GoodLife and the guys have played on clay courts before," Sartoretto said. "Although they prefer the asphalt courts on campus, the change of location wasn't a big deal."
Badgers coach Matt Paron pointed out that, although his team had not played on clay this season, they had a few solid comebacks in their match-ups against Queen's.
The Badgers, however, were no competition for the Mustangs. "Western is a good team and they have a lot of really good players. But our number two seed Brandon Alguire gave Western's number two Peter Ta a good workout," Paron said.
The Mustangs won all three of their doubles matches and all six of their singles matches against Brock and their performance was equally as impressive against Queen's, triumphing in two of three doubles matches and four of six singles matches.
The Mustangs will face the York Yeomen in Toronto on Oct. 19 in their last regular season match-up, before moving on to the Ontario University Athletics championships at York on Oct. 26 and 27, as well as the OUA individual championships at McMaster, on Nov. 1 and 2.
The team championships present the Mustangs with the chance to dethrone the Toronto Varsity Blues, the reigning OUA champions and the Mustangs' arch rival. In addition, Western's number one seed Rob Schmidt looks for a repeat of last season's OUA individual singles title.