Volume 92, Issue 66
Tuesday, January 26, 1999
V-ballers play perfectly at home
©Photo by Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
By Justin Klein
In their last regular season game in Alumni Hall Saturday afternoon, the Western men's volleyball team handled the Waterloo Warriors with ease, extending their unbeaten streak to eight games.
The Mustangs (8-0) were without two key offensive weapons, right-side Jeff Ranson out with knee injuries and flu-stricken left-side Mike Wilson, forcing them to turn to outside hitters Andrew Brunton and Chris Gruhn.
"I think the team played really well today," Brunton said. "Peter [Testa] had a great setting game and I was able to take advantage of the short guy on their team who was covering me."
Testa's strong setting allowed the Mustangs to jump out to an early 5-1 lead in the first game. The Warriors came roaring back, cutting the lead to 6-4 before Gruhn shut the door at the net. Thanks to a couple of big blocks, Western regained momentum and eventually won the game 15-8.
"Chris has been playing very well and really had a good game today," said Mustang middle Steve Urquhart. "He had some key blocks, especially in the first game. That got the momentum going our way."
After taking an early lead in the second game, Mustang head coach Dave Preston said he felt it was time to make some substitutions. Middle-man Andrew Coles, who won player of the game versus Wilfred Laurier last week came out to let Urquhart have some game time.
Left-side player Luke Schram also relieved co-captain Craig Rideout of his duties. Urquhart was able to hold the middle position with authority, while Schram unleashed a number of overpowering spikes. Western cruised to a 15-2 win in the second game.
"I went to see Waterloo play last night and a good portion of their offence was right up the middle of the court, so I didn't want to give up Coles right away," Preston said. "But I noticed after game one that we were okay in the middle, which presented a great time for Steve and Luke to get some game time."
The Mustangs dominated the Warriors in every facet of the game, winning the third game 15-2.
Waterloo's head coach Doug Hanes was not disappointed with his team's performance based on a number of extenuating circumstances. "With all three of our captains injured or sick for this match, it was hard to compete playing the bench," he said.
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