Dean Shines During Perfect Weekend

Shannon Dean goes above the net for a kill vs Nipissing Lakers on 6 February 2016. The Lancers won 3-1 then defeated York 3-2 the following day.Photo by John Skinner.

Shannon Dean goes above the net for a kill vs Nipissing Lakers on 6 February 2016. The Lancers won 3-1 then defeated York 3-2 the following day.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancers pulled out all the stops on their final home stand of the season and came away with two victories at the St Denis Fieldhouse over the weekend. Windsor is now 7-3 in their last 10 games on the strength of a 3-game winning streak, and sit 3rd in the OUA West.

The women started out with a 3-1 victory over Nipissing on Saturday. The Lancers were led by 4th-year middle Shannon Dean, who had 16 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces, and 1.5 blocks in a solid effort against the Lakers.

Emily McCloskey contributed 9 kills while Jade Zeibarth had 10 in the win.

Dean followed up on Sunday with another flawless performance as she had 28 kills in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the York Lions. Prior to the game Dean, Emily Durand, and Lauren Stirling were honoured as graduating seniors.

Lauren Stirling (4) get ready to set to Shannon Dean (12) in a game against York Lions on 7 February 2016. Stirling, along with Dean and Emily Durand were honoured at a pre-game ceremony for graduating seniors.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lauren Stirling (4) get ready to set to Shannon Dean (12) in a game against York Lions on 7 February 2016. Stirling, along with Dean and Emily Durand were honoured at a pre-game ceremony for graduating seniors.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

McCloskey and Melissa Smyth each had 10 kills while Stirling was credited with 51 assists.

For her performance over the weekend, Dean was named the OUA’s Athlete of the Week. She currently leads the OUA with 237.5 points and is in the top 5 for kills, hitting percentage, and service aces.

The Lancers (10-5) are seeded 5th in the OUA with a .667 wining percentage. They’ll now take to the road for the final four games of the season starting with a pair in Thunder Bay this weekend when they take on Lakehead (5-12).

The women will complete the season the following week with a trip to Toronto to meet the Varsity Blues (16-0) and the Ryerson Rams (12-3).

Emily Durand watches as Shannon Dean (12) recovers the ball during an OUA volleyball match at St Denis Fieldhouse. Dean was named the OUA's Athlete of the Week for 8 February 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Emily Durand and Carleigh Bailey (8) watch as Shannon Dean (12) recovers the ball during an OUA volleyball match at St Denis Fieldhouse. Dean was named the OUA’s Athlete of the Week for 8 February 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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