Volume 92, Issue 71
Wednesday, February 3, 1999
Mustangs keep netting wins
©Photos by Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
By Sean Maraj
Nippissing University isn't particularly known for its great exploits in women's volleyball.
So when the undefeated Mustangs drove into North Bay for a double header over the weekend, it was almost a forgone conclusion Western would come out victorious. The Mustangs did not disappoint, annihilating the Nippissing Lakers 3-0 (15-8, 15-10, 15-7) in the first game on Friday night and finishing them off 3-0 (15-6, 15-4, 15-7) in the second game on Saturday afternoon.
The Mustangs, still suffering from injuries, knew going into the weekend that Nippissing was a much weaker team. This allowed Western to play the younger players on the team and see what they could do in game situations. For Western, however, the word younger is a misleading term considering most of the team is constituted of first-year students.
Mustang head coach Dean Lowrie was impressed by what he saw with his "younger" talent.
"They did a good job of blocking and supporting one another," Lowrie said. "Nippissing did some strange stuff. Our team did a good job coping on the floor."
Nippissing used some interesting floor formations and mixed up their lines in hopes of surprising Western, he said.
"They were quick and they adjusted well to our schemes," said Laker power hitter Dana Lebel, the lone bright spot on this year's team, as she ranks among the top 10 in kills in the Ontario University Athletics league. "They didn't make a whole lot of errors or allow any opportunities for us to capitalize on."
Lowrie was quick to praise the Lakers as well as his own team. "[Nippissing] played good defence. They did a good job of digging some balls and pursuing some balls. We had to be patient and the girls did a good job of doing that."
Bridget Campbell, starting left-side and one of the team's veterans, saw the importance of the weekend.
"We played pretty well. Our serving and passing was pretty efficient. They did some unique things and we dealt well with the situation," Campbell said. "There were different people on the floor, it was truly a total team effort."
With the Lakers behind them, Western continues its road trips this week, playing Windsor today and then taking on the second place Guelph Gryphons on Saturday.
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