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Parker, Ambanza named among conference's top stars

Parker, Ambanza named among conference's top stars

The stars were shining for the Winnipeg Wesmen on Tuesday.

A pair of Wesmen athletes were named among the top performers of the week across the Canada West conference, with Emma Parker of women's volleyball garnering women's third star of the week and Narcisse Ambanza of the men's basketball being named the men's third star of the week.

The University of Winnipeg was the only school this week to place two winners in the conference's weekly showcase of the top performances of the weekend.

Parker, a second-year left side from St. Adolphe, Man., set a pair of career highs on Friday in helping the Wesmen snap a 25-match losing streak in a sweep of the UBC-Okanagan Heat. Parker had 16 kills and 18 points on Friday and followed that with 14 kills and 10 digs in a win on Saturday, her second double-double of the season. Parker has now recorded double-digit digs in three of the Wesmen's four conference matches. She averaged 15 kills, eight digs and 17 points for the weekend as the Wesmen won two straight for the first time since 2016.

The Wesmen are back to the Duckworth Centre this weekend to take on the Trinity Western Spartans. 

Ambanza, meanwhile, showed up big for the Wesmen with second-half performances that helped the men's basketball team salvage a split on the road and nearly score a sweep.

The third-year all-star guard from Toronto scored 17 of his team-high 23 points as the Wesmen rallied and fell just short in an 84-82 loss at the Univeristy of Northern British Columbia.

On Saturday, Ambanza was arguably even better, scoring 21 second-half points on his way to a game-high 27 points as the Wesmen won convincingly 96-81 at UNBC. He added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Ambanza averaged 19 points in just the second halves of the weekend and finished averaging 25 points per game while shooting better than 50 per cent from the field.  

The Wesmen are back on the road this weekend at MacEwan to continue their season.