Volume 91, Issue 35

Friday, October 31, 1997

flesh and bones


Vball openers a smash

By Justin Klein
Gazette Staff

Both the men's and women's volleyball teams got off on the right foot Wednesday, as they mopped up Laurier squads in each of their home openers.

The first set in the women's game seemed to pass by with the speed of a cheetah, as the scoreboard glared "15-3" after a blink of an eye. Highlights from the game included overpowering spikes by Marnie Simpson and deadly serves by Bonnie Matsubayashi.

The second set was not as easy as Laurier came onto the court with a lot more enthusiasm and showed their determination. The Mustangs however, persevered in a nail-biter, 16-14.

The third game seemed to be in Laurier's favour, but their dream was short-lived when Western came back to win 15-9 after being down 9-5.

The Mustangs relied on hard work and determination to win. In particular, Simpson, a back row player, displayed a powerful and accurate spike.

"Western dominated our team with their serving and their execution of the spike," Laurier head coach Russ Woloshyn said. "Marnie Simpson seemed to be unstoppable today."

Simpson showed her skills on the court by spiking the ball with immortal power, but was modest when asked to comment on the game's result.

"I think we started off slow in the beginning but as a team we really seemed to put it together in the end," she said. "This game only shows the true depth of our team since we had to rely on people from the bench throughout the game."

Western head coach Dean Lowrie said he will not let the relative ease of the team's first match inflate the team's ego.

"I am not really excited with this win since it is only our first game of the season," he said. "The bottom line is there is room for improvement and we will play better in the future."

On the men's side, Western seemed to enjoy success as well, with an impressive 3-1 victory over Wilfrid Laurier. The team seemed to play well as a whole but special mention should be given to Darren Brownlee, a six-foot-six inch third-year powerhouse from London.

"Laurier is one of the top competitors in the league," Mustang rookie Jeff Ranson said. "But after the excellent play from Darren Brownlee, I think that they are questioning their dexterity."

Both teams will travel to McMaster on Wednesday to play the Marauders. The women's game will begin at 6 p.m. and the men play at 8 p.m..

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