Volume 93, Issue 46

November 19, 1999


Stangs get medieval on Lancers

Middle blockers strong in battle

Men's volleyball remain undefeated

Men's volleyball remain undefeated

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

It was just another day at the office for the men's volleyball team.

The Mustangs, who went into their game against the Guelph Gryphons undefeated at 6-0, walked away with another win under their belts as they outplayed Guelph 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-19) Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.

In a game which saw both teams play below their full potential, the Mustangs were able to score points when they counted and come away with the win. Guelph struggled on several occasions passing the ball, which proved to be their downfall as Western, taking advantage of the Guelph miscues were able to dominate the point column throughout the game.

Guelph head coach Doug Dodd said he thought his team could have done much better against the undefeated Mustangs and pointed to a lack of cohesion on the court as a major factor in his team's downfall.

"We didn't play well. We had trouble getting started and getting into a rhythm, although we were on the verge several times," Dodd said.

Western's head coach Joffre Ribout said the Mustangs could have played better as well. He pointed to his team's play as being far from its best as a major reason for the relatively close finish in every game.

"We played average – it wasn't a very exciting match that's for sure. We blocked well today especially, served well and took away their middle," Ribout said.

Western co-captain and right side Craig Rideout also thought his team could have done better and agreed there was something missing in thier play which affected them on the court. "It seemed that the intensity wasn't there on both sides of the net," he said.

Dodd added although his team made several errors which played a major factor in their defeat, he pointed out the Gryphons are still a relatively young team and this contributed to Guelph's uneasiness on the court. "We struggled to get comfortable. We made too many unforced errors," he said. "To some degree, that has to do with a youngish team – that's something we struggle with."

Despite Western's slow play, Rideout said he was still happy with some aspects of the team's play and thought when everything was said and done, the win was all that mattered.

"Generally our ball control was there," he said. "It's always nice to get a 3-0 lead and the win. We didn't have a weakness, everyone did what they had to do."

With this win behind them, the Mustangs improve their perfect record to 7-0. They will be in competition again Wednesday against the Warriors at Waterloo.

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