Volume 92, Issue 78

Tuesday, February 16, 1999


Mustangs block Brown on route to final

Graham dominates the Badgers

Perfection continues

Denomme backstops resurgence

Badgers feel Western's wrath

Perfection continues

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

It may have been Valentine's Day on Sunday, but on Friday the McMaster women's volleyball team weren't feeling any love from Western.

The Mustangs handed the Mauraders a drubbing, winning the game in straight sets (15-1, 15-4, 15-6) and extending their undefeated season to 13-0.

Western came out strong against McMaster from the start and never once looked back. The Marauders were unable to handle Western's strong play and at times the game looked more like a practice for the Mustangs than an official Ontario University Athletics game. McMaster at no time in the game seemed even close to matching Western's play, as the Mustangs stampeded the Marauders in an hour and a half.

McMaster coach Tim Loucks was far from impressed with his team's performance, describing it as non-existent. "If you're playing the sixth best team in Canada you better bring your 'A' game if you want to compete. We didn't do that today."

But by the time the game was over it had already taken a backseat to more important aspects of the Mustang season. The win was another one to add to a spotless season for Western. With one more game against Brock next Wednesday the 'Stangs have the chance of a perfect season before going into the playoffs.

With the team flirting with perfection and the playoffs around the corner, the pressure is building to do great things in the coming weeks. Captain Marnie Simpson was quick to deflect attention from Western's streak so far.

"We don't look ahead that far," she said. "We just want to play as hard as we can. When you start thinking about things like that there's too much pressure to win."

Despite Western's achievement thus far, the biggest aspect of the night was that the victory was Western head coach Dean Lowrie's 40th win at the OUA level. The victory at the same time extended his personal record to a remarkable 40-1. Lowrie has been the architect of a 13-0 team, which came into the season with many questions and dominated by rookies. At a small reception after the game reserved for friends and family, Lowrie appeared humble about the win.

"You have to put it in perspective. The number of wins is important because now we get respect. It wasn't like that 10 years ago. We've brought Western back as one of the top programs in the country. That's what matters most about the win."

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