Hawks’ match postponed by H1N1

For the second week in a row, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks’ women’s volleyball team had a match postponed due to H1N1.

It was announced two days before the game that the Hawks’ scheduled opponents, the Waterloo Warriors, had a number of confirmed cases of H1N1 on the team – compared to last week when members of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues’ squad merely exhibited flu-like symptoms – and in accordance with the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) H1N1 policy, the game had to be re-scheduled.

“Having a break mid-season can be a good thing if you have time to plan for it,” said head coach Luke Snider. “But not knowing about it in advance really just causes frustration more than anything else.”

According to Snider, discussions regarding the re-scheduling of this week’s match as well as last Sunday’s postponed contest with the Blues are ongoing and an announcement is expected sometime this week.

“It’s a bit of a disadvantage to have your schedule disrupted like that,” said Snider. “But it’s something that we have to deal with and we’ll be prepared for whenever those matches end up being played.”

The Hawks will finally get to play their sixth match of the season this Friday when the Guelph Gryphons pay a visit to the Laurier Athletic Complex.

“We’re certainly eager to get back on the court and compete,” said Snider. “Knowing the girls on the team, [the time off] shouldn’t be an issue. Our goal is always to come out with a lot of energy and I know the team will be ready when we finally get to play again.”

The Hawks currently sit at a record of 3-2, putting them fourth in the OUA West standings.