Volume 93, Issue 42

Friday, November 12, 1999


Volleyball squads spike the Laurier Golden Hawks

The Dean of Western volleyball

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Volleyball squads spike the Laurier Golden Hawks

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

The brooms were out at Alumni Hall Wednesday night as the Western men's volleyball team swept the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks in straight sets 25-20, 25-19 and 25-20.

Western head coach Joffre Ribout said he was pleased with his team's performance. "[The match] went really well. We started slow but we made some adjustments to their offence and our defence picked up their game."

He added the team played well on both sides of the ball. "Our offence was as consistent as it has been all year and our defence was able to make the adjustments [to the Laurier offence]."

Western was able to pull ahead of Laurier consistently and definitely had momentum on their side. "We had a good flow and a well balanced attack," Ribout said.

Golden Hawks' head coach Paul Pavan said despite the straight sets loss, he was also pleased with his team's performance. "We've been struggling with consistency. If a few points went our way, we could have stolen a game."

Pavan said although the game had shown an improvement in his team's skills, he admitted they do not have the depth of the Mustangs. "We play with what we have – but we are encouraged and happier than we have been all week [with the play]."

Western captain and setter Peter Testa said credit should be given to the players who led their strong offence. "[Left side Mike] Wilson and [right side Craig] Rideout played really well."

The Mustangs' next game is today against the Golden Hawks at Laurier. Ribout said he knows his team better be ready for another strong match. "I think we will see a little different Laurier team. They will make some adjustments and be ready for us."

Pavan added his team will need to work on a couple of things in preparation for their next match against Western. "We will have to get our back court defence to tighten up and not be predictable on offence – we're not big enough to become predictable."

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By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

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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