Tennis Lions battle for OUA Championship this weekend

The York men’s and women’s tennis teams will compete for an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship this coming weekend at the University of Western Ontario.

Mike GautheyThe men’s squad, which enters the four-team tournament as the number one seed, will face the number-four seeded Toronto Varisty Blues in the semifinals on Friday. York defeated Toronto 5-2 in the only regular season meeting between the schools. The Lions had a perfect 5-0 regular season record, while the Varsity Blues finished with a 2-3 record.

Right: Mike Gauthey of the Lions men’s tennis team

The women’s tennis team enters the four-team championship as the fourth seed. York, who has captured three of the last four OUA titles, will face number one Toronto in the semifinals on Friday. Toronto, the defending conference champions, won the only regular season meeting between the two by a score of 6-0.

The Lions men’s soccer team finished the first half of its schedule with a pair of victories last week on the road and sit in top spot in the OUA with 13 points in five games. In five games away from home this season, York has yet to allow a goal, improving to 4-0-1. First-year keeper Greg Zatulovsky has been unbeatable for the Lions, while Joe Vaz leads the scoring attack with three goals. York now gets ready to play its final five games at home.

The women’s soccer team also returns home to play the remainder of its regular season schedule. With eight points in five games, York trails Toronto by a single point for first in the OUA North Division.

Both York soccer teams will host the Brock Badgers on Saturday at York Stadium and the McMaster Marauders on Sunday. The women’s games are at 1pm both days followed by the men at 3pm on both days.

The Lions football team improved to 3-1 for the first time since 1997 with a 22-15 victory over the visiting Guelph Gryphons on Saturday. Running back Bryan Wheatle rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 19 carries, while quarterback Bart Zemanek ran for a major and threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Lions to only their third victory over the Gryphons since 1996. York travels to London this weekend to face the 4-0 Western Mustangs on Saturday at 2pm. The game can be seen live on the Score Television Network.

In other Sport York weekend action, the field hockey team dropped a 2-0 decision to Carleton and a 1-0 loss to Queen’s. The women’s rugby team lost 53-5 to Queen’s, while the women’s cross-country team finished 10th at the Western International. The men’s cross-country team finished 16th.

For more information on the Lions teams, visit the Sport York Web site.

This article was submitted to YFile by Jim McLarty, sport & recreation information officer in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science.