Volume 92, Issue 44
Friday, November 20, 1998
V-ballers' defence dulls Lancers
© Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
By Chad Thompson
Western women's volleyball team spiked their way to victory Wednesday night after defeating Windsor in three straight sets, pushing their season record to a perfect 5-0.
The Mustangs took the first set easily 15-6, as Marnie Simpson and Jill Gottschalk made several strikes while Western's defence was able to control Windsor's attack, forcing the Lancers to make a number of key mistakes.
The second set was a hard fought battle which eventually went to a tie-breaker. Western was down 9-7, but were able to battle back with the serving of Kelly Brandreth to lead 14-9. However, being down by five wouldn't stop the determined Lancers who fought back to force the tie-breaker.
Windsor was able to put up a strong defensive stand and pull the game even at 15. Western eventually stepped up their offence to win 17-15.
The third and final set was another battle, but Western was able to prevail 15-9 behind the strong play of the team's middle players Kelly Brandreth and Sonja Janischewski. The play of the defence allowed Western to make many kills and keep the pressure on Windsor.
"The game went well," said Western's women's coach Dean Lowrie. "Our middles played really well and were able to make a lot of kills. Our defence did a good job and made many key plays. Our blocking was really good tonight and allowed us to make many smart plays."
Janischewski also said the team's blocking was key to the win.
"The blocks felt good," Janischewski said. "The plays made in the middle were able to free up the outsides for many kills."
Lancer's head coach Russ Woloshwin was not surprised by the outcome.
"The game went as expected. We were playing the defending [Ontario University Athletics] champs at their house and knew it would be a tough game," he said. "We made a few mental errors that Western capitalized upon, like all good teams do."
Both coaches saw the second game as the turning point in the match.
"We would have liked to have that game," Woloshwin said. "It would have put pressure on them and we could have seen how Western would respond. I feel that if we won that game, then we could have stolen another one."
The Mustang players also felt the second game provided the key turning point in the contest.
"The second game we were slow and dead," Janischewski said. "We had no communication on the floor and were unorganized but were able to fight our way back."
Defence was also seen as one of the keys to Western's success in the game.
"Our defence is getting better," Janischewski said. "Our offence is very strong and now our defence is picking up their play."
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