Volume 93, Issue 31
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
Volleyball team spikes opponents
SERVIN' IT UP MUSTANG STYLE. The Western Men's volleyball team delivered smashing good victories over their first two games of the season.
By Phil Piggott
The Western men's volleyball team and the McMaster Marauders had an intense play date last Saturday at Alumni Hall. In the end, it was the Mustangs who proved they wanted the win more.
Facing an aggressive Marauder team, Western was forced to attack right from the start. The combination of hard hitting and strong defence allowed the Mustangs to win in straight sets, 27-25, 25-22 and 31-29. Western faced their largest deficit of six points in the third set, but battled back to complete the sweep.
The team consistently gave setter Peter Testa the opportunity to make passes to his power hitters. His precise execution allowed the outside players to convert points time and time again. With the victory, Western's young season sits at a perfect 2-0.
Mustang head coach Joffre Ribout said he had mixed feelings on the team's performance. "We executed our offence," he said. "We weren't really up for it because we beat them already [last week] and we weren't as excited about the match as we could have been."
Ribout said Western could have executed more plays to cut down on the amount of blocks which went out of bounds. "We weren't finishing our blocks. It's all technical terms, but we weren't pressing and turning the ball inside."
McMaster's head coach Ed Wolters said he believed passing was important, adding Western's ability in this area helped them win the game. After losing to the Mustangs earlier in the week, Wolters said his team played better on Saturday and was proud of their performance.
At one point during the game, Western's outside, Andrew Rajtek, decided to try his footwork out and substituted in a soccer move during an exciting second set rally.
Ribout said Rajtek's play was all reflexes. "It was a fluke, the ball was coming at him and he kicked it. It was just a reaction play."
Testa said he was happy with the win but felt Western has much more potential then they showed. "We played well enough to win [but] we can play better. It's still early in the season and we played well enough to beat Mac."
The Mustangs next travel to the University of Windsor to face the Lancers on Nov. 3.
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