Volume 93, Issue 76

Tuesday, February 15, 2000


Mustangs ride high into the playoffs

Eliminating the competition.

A legend lost to the stars

Track and field teams fine tune for OUAs

Athenas taken to school by Western

Athenas taken to school by Western

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. The women's volleyball team blocked every chance the Athena's had of coming away with a victory this weekend, winning 3-0.

By Owen Cunningham
Gazette Writer

The University of Waterloo's women's volleyball team experienced a case of deja vu Saturday, as they were defeated 3-0 at the hands of Western for the second time in less than a week.

The Mustangs continued their undefeated season and showed they deserve their fifth place national ranking in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union.

They started the game off with a 6-0 lead over a flat Waterloo team and never looked back. Western remained in control the entire match, winning 25-17, 25-20 and 25-22.

As in last Tuesday's win, Western head coach Dean Lowrie mixed up the lineup and allowed his regular starters to rest. He said he was pleased with the results. "We started some different kids, played some different kids and rested some people," he noted after the match. "We're in a down time right now."

Off-side hitter and co-captain, Marnie Simpson, sat out part of the second game and said she felt the lineup changes worked well. "We had a different lineup for each game, but we were able to remain a cohesive unit."

Lowrie said he felt Western's effort was equal to the one they put forth last Tuesday but added his team showed some improvement. "We were blocking more balls and the offence was better," he explained.

Waterloo head coach Corinne Williams said she was less than impressed with Saturday's final result, but still saw improvements in her squad from Tuesday. "We were a lot better. We passed better and that was the key."

Lowrie said he felt his undefeated Mustangs have things under control as they head into the playoffs. "We have identified the things we need to work on. We're running well."

Simpson agreed with her coach and felt the squad was ready for the upcoming post season. "I think we are doing a great job of preparing [for the playoffs] and at the same time, not looking too far ahead. We can't forget that we have a game [tomorrow] night."

The Mustangs put their undefeated streak on the line again tomorrow night, when the McMaster Marauders come to Alumni Hall at 6 p.m.. A win against the Marauders would complete Western's third undefeated season in a row.

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