Volume 93, Issue 42
Friday, November 12, 1999
Volleyball squads spike the Laurier Golden Hawks
By Sean Maraj
One minute they're hot, the next minute they're cold. That was the story for the Mustang women's volleyball team on Wednesday, as they beat the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks 21-25, 25-16, 25-7, 19-25 and 15-6.
The Golden Hawks came out strong against the Mustangs with a solid first set victory, but the tables turned as the Mustangs, backed by powerful serving and forceful court play, managed to win the next two games.
But just as it seemed that Laurier was ready to pack it in, the Golden Hawks put their game together and pounded out a fourth set victory. In the end, the Mustangs were able to rebound and win the fifth and deciding game handily with a 15-6 victory.
Laurier head coach Russ Woloshyn said he was pleased his team was able to capitalize on Western's errors. "I'm really happy, we played strong and then weak, but I suspect Western had something to do with that," Woloshyn said. "I'm really proud of my kids, I thought we gave Western a good match."
Western head coach Dean Lowrie said he was also pleased with his team's play, but thought they needed to improve on their closing ability. "We played [well]. I don't know if there's anything specific [to work on], but we're having a hard time putting teams away," Lowrie said.
Western's captain Marnie Simpson said her team played well, but thought they needed to improve on maintaining a solid style of play throughout the entire game.
"We played hot and cold fairly consistently, we could increase our consistent play," she said, adding the team needed to perfect its communication skills on the court. "We always need to work on communication and perfecting the little things."
The Mustangs, now 6-0, move on to Waterloo where they will play Laurier in a return match tonight at 6 p.m..
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