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Volume 90, Issue 72

Friday, January 31, 1997

big stick


Sorry Badgers get spiked

©Geoff Robins/Gazette
ALL RIGHT, THAT WORKS, BUT HOW DO YOU COUNT HIGHER THAN 20? Mustang right side Michelle Scott smacks a ball between two levitating Badgers.

By Kathy Ens
Gazette Staff

Wednesday night saw Western's women volleyballers attack the court with confidence and pure determination against a very small and low-calibre Brock squad. The Mustangs took a quick lead and then smoked the Badgers, winning three straight sets by scores of 15-5, 15-5 and 15-10.

Depth was a key factor in the game. Due to Western's great start, Mustang coach Dean Lowrie had the chance to test his bench. He received strong contributions from everyone.

"We were able to sub people in and out and it didn't change the flow of the game," Lowrie said.

In contrast, the Badgers were desperately lacking bodies – they had only two players on the bench.

"Brock is in a survival mode right now," Lowrie said. "With only eight players dressed Brock is experiencing a flow of injuries and missing starters."

"The majority of our team is made up of first-year players, with only three players in second, third and fifth," Brock coach Jennifer Currie said. "The [lack of] experience is a key factor to our [poor] standing."

For Western to pull off this easy win, the team had to focus on itself and the game at hand. Its concentration was excellent – the Mustangs were able to not look ahead to future games. The Badgers were hunting for their first win of the season.

"We played fine for the first five minutes," Currie said. "After that we just concentrated on ourselves."

"We felt we could win from the word 'go,'" Lowrie said. "We knew we could win by playing well or not playing well but we won playing well."

Lowrie was pleased with the play of setter Angelique Montano. Montano came into the game to play the right side and then transferred to setter for the last two games.

"She did an excellent job of speeding up the play of the game," Lowrie said.

Other Mustangs made valuable contributions. Marnie Simpson had 13 kills and eight digs, Lynn MacDonald contributed with five kills, five blocks and five digs and second-year right side Orla Steele had five kills, two stuffed blocks and four digs.

"We had more depth and more confidence from each player," Simpson said. "There are not a lot of matches when we can go to the bench a lot. You could sense the confidence level on the court from every player."

Western now looks towards an encounter with the fourth-ranked Gryphons next Wednesday in the unfriendly confines of Guelph.

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