Volume 92, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 19, 1999
Women overcome easy scare
By Sean Maraj
The steam roller image of the Western women's volleyball team kept on trucking on Saturday as they rolled over the Laurier Golden Hawks for the second time this season by a score of 3-1 (16-14, 8-15, 15-1, 15-5).
The victory extended the Mustangs' undefeated season to 4-0, but the team's inconsistency early in the game left a few fans and players at the edge of their seats.
The Mustangs came out of the gates with speed and opened an early 5-1 lead behind the solid net play of middle Sonja Janischewski and setter Rachel Loewen. Propelled by strikes by Janischewski and aided by several miscues by the Golden Hawks, Western opened their lead further to 12-3.
Western's ride to victory, however, was not without a few bumps in the road. Laurier regrouped during a time-out and returned with a vengeance, outplaying the Mustangs to tie the set at 14. With some luck on their side was Western able to buckle down to win the set 16-14.
Still reeling from their near defeat in the first set, the Mustangs came out in the second set only to be ambushed by the Hawks. Laurier broke out to a quick lead, leaving the Mustangs embroiled in confusion. When the dust cleared, the Golden Hawks had trampled Western 15-8.
Janischewski explained how the team's performance in the first two sets was the result of a lack of cohesion at the start of the game.
"Our major downfall was that as a team we were quiet on the court and on the bench," she said. "But as the game went on we began to come together and win the game."
Western head coach Dean Lowrie agreed with Janischewski and added other factors also contributed to the rough start.
"We weren't playing badly, we just got a little rattled. We still have to remind ourselves we're a young team and we had some injuries coming back from the Christmas break that also played a factor," he said.
During the third set, Western returned to form and shut the door on Laurier's chances. For the next two sets Western trampled on the Golden Hawks, destroying them 15-1 in the third and then sealing the victory 15-8 in the fourth set.
Despite the loss, Laurier coach Russ Woloshyn , was happy with his team's performance and had nothing but compliments for the Mustangs.
"I thought we played really well," Woloshyn said. "Western is one of the best teams in the league and we played at their level we just couldn't match their intensity for five games. Hats off they're a great team."
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