Volume 92, Issue 41

Tuesday, November 17, 1998

no. 1 where it counts


Mistakes kill Gryphons

Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
I'M ABOUT TO SPLIT THE UPRIGHTS. Mustang left-side player Marnie Simpson [14] goes in for the kill, while Lorna Thompson of the Guelph Gryphons throws her arms up in an attempt to stop the smash.

Sean Maraj

Gazette Staff

Not every game a team plays is going to be a win. And sometimes when you win, it's not always going to be pretty.

This was the case for the Western women's volleyball team, who defeated Guelph 3-1 (15-6, 15-5, 6-15, 16-14) on Friday night, improving their record to 4-0.

Western opened the first set quickly, behind the strong volleying and spiking tandem of setter Rachel Loewen and right-side Jill Gottschalk. Western's offence was also aided by several unforced errors on the Guelph side, which Gottschalk made them pay for, with several impressive drop shots.

When the second set began, Guelph came out strong behind the serves of setter Josephine Ngiau. But this rejuvenation was short lived. Errors again began to hurt the Gryphons, who were eventually annihilated 15-5.

In the third set Western came out flat and Guelph pounced on the young Mustangs, breaking out to an early 6-2 lead. Despite some valiant efforts at the net by middle Sonja Janischewski, Guelph walked away with the set 15-6.

"People lost some focus and tried doing the jobs of others," explained Western head coach Dean Lowrie, on his team's collapse in the third set. "After the set we talked about doing our jobs and we put things back together for the fourth set."

Western, although a little shaky in the fourth set, managed to bring the game to match point behind the strong service of left-side Bridget Campbell. However, Guelph did not give up easily. The Gryphons mounted a strong comeback to tie the game at 14, but that was as close as they would get.

"We came together as a team," Janischewski said. "We're really growing close. A lot of our young talent is just starting to pick up, it was really a lot of fun."

After the game, Guelph coach Jennifer Currie was clearly disappointed with her team and not too thrilled over what she saw of the Western side. "It was a pretty poor match for both sides. Overall it wasn't a good level of play."

The Windsor Lancers will come to Alumni Hall tomorrow night to challene the Mustangs at 6 p.m..

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