Volume 92, Issue 49
Tuesday, December 1, 1998
Hawks shot down by spikers
© Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
By Chad Thompson
In keeping with the season of giving, the Western women's volleyball team decided to give the Laurier Golden Hawks a defeat in three straight sets Saturday night in Waterloo.
Western won two quick games 15-8 and 15-3, before running into some problems with the Hawks in the third game.
Laurier took the lead early and were able to build it to 12-6. However, Western was able to battle back behind the strong play of Marnie Simpson and Kelly Brandreth. Simpson made several strong kills allowing Western to take the lead 14-12.
Laurier crawled back to tie the game and stretched it to match point, 15-14. Bridget Campbell then took control with a strong kill giving service back to the Mustangs who never relinquished control, winning the set 17-15.
"We played very well today," said Western coach Dean Lowrie. "Laurier struggled to adjust to our new offensive plays. Our dig and transition play was excellent. Laurier is a fast team and we had to be ready."
The game was what Laurier head coach Russ Woloshyn had expected.
"Our kids played hard," Woloshyn said. "This Western team is just a step above of us. They out-worked us tonight.
"When you look at Western you get lulled. But when they are ready to play, they play. We had a lead in the third game but they came back strong."
The third game was by far the toughest game of the match.
"The last game was tight, we got a little comfortable and let them take the lead," Lowrie said.
Campbell offered similar sentiments.
"The third game we did get comfortable," Campbell said. "We were able to play strong and come back to win."
According to Lowrie, Western's defense continues to improve with each game. "Our defense was good tonight," he said. "We were able to adjust to their style."
Campbell said Western's improving defence countered Laurier's quickness up the middle.
"The defence was good," Campbell said. "Laurier has fast middles. Our middles were able to do a good job and were able to dig a lot of balls out for us, allowing for a good offensive attack."
Woloshyn looked at the game as a learning experience for his team.
"We found tonight that maybe we need a little more practice," he said. "It is good to play a team like this. They have great self-confidence and are really smooth in their play. I think it has to do with the coaching."
The Western women's volleyball team takes its perfect 6-0 record home with them for the Christmas holidays.
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