Volume 93, Issue 74

Thursday, February 10, 2000


SPORTS

Warriors banished to underworld

Coulter ready to mix it up with the competition

Wong: the secret ingredient in Western's badminton recipe

Road trip a must for unification

Warriors banished to underworld




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NEW MIME TECHNIQUES ADAPTED FOR VOLLEYBALL. Peter Testa and the rest of the Mustangs left Waterloo at a loss for words Tuesday, beating them in three staight sets.


By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

The men's volleyball team did a little housekeeping Tuesday night, sweeping the visiting Waterloo Warriors right out of Alumni Hall in three straight sets.

Despite the 3-0 final score though, the match was hardly a blowout, as Waterloo fought every set closely, only to lose 28-26, 25-20 and 25-22.

"Overall, I'm happy with our performance, especially the guts we showed in the first game," said Western head coach Joffre Ribout. "That's a real turnaround, make or break game."

Doug Haynes, head coach of the Warriors, agreed the first set proved pivotal. "If we win that first set – and we [could] have – then I think it turns into a different match," he remarked.

Haynes added the close scores did not surprise him, as the two sides were evenly matched. "Western's never gonna blow us out in a game," he stated. "Maybe they can do that to some teams, but we match up too well with them physically for them to do that."

As for what made the difference Tuesday night, Haynes said his team played below their abilities. "We didn't play as well as I had hoped and they played pretty well. Our passing wasn't as good as it normally is. They passed very well, scored out of the middle and we didn't adjust as well as I wanted."

Ribout also thought his team's play wasn't quite up to par and singled out particular areas in which they could improve. "I think we can serve better. We missed a lot of serves at key points. When we had them down, we'd miss a serve and let them back in," he said. "I also think we can definitely play a lot better backcourt defence – we can dig a lot more balls."

The victory was a small measure of revenge for Western, who lost their previous game to Waterloo in late November.

According to Mustang setter Peter Testa, the team hoped to show a considerable improvement over the November performance. "We realized that we didn't play well last match against them," he said. "I don't necessarily think we played that much better [Tuesday]. [There is] a lot of room for improvement – a lot."

Like his coach, Testa found the win satisfying, but recognized their potential to play a more perfect match. "[The win was] nice, in the sense that it was 3-0, but as an athlete, you're never happy with a performance when you think you could play better. I know, for a fact, that we can play better than that."

The win lifts Western's conference leading record to 12-2 and drops second place Waterloo to a season tally of 9-5. The two sides won't have to wait long for another shot at each other, as they'll be locking horns again this Saturday in Waterloo.

Ribout spoke assuredly of his team's weekend prospects. "I think we made a statement [Tuesday]. And I'm very confident we can come out Saturday and make even more of a statement."


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