Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Western hockey back on top

NFL season - a mix or surprises and boredom

Rounding up the 1999 holidays

Jordan retires, comes back and retires

Rounding up the 1999 holidays

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

The holidays are over, the turkey is gone and as it turned out, the world didn't end. But as Western students were enjoying some time off, several Mustang teams were in action – here it is, your post new year's round up.

Volleyball: The women's team remained undefeated in Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union play over the break. They played two games over the holidays, the first, against Brock University, was dominated by the Mustangs by a score of 3-0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-19).

The team also played some foreign competition as they competed against the Japanese team Tsukuba. Ranked in the top three in the Japanese University circuit, Tsukuba beat the Mustangs 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-16). When the smoke cleared, however, Mustang head coach Dean Lowrie said he was happy with the experience.

"We played once and trained together twice. They helped us in our development and we learned a few things from them. They really pointed out for us what we needed to work on," Lowrie said.

The men's volleyball team was also in action during the break, facing off against British Columbia's Trinity Western University in interleague play. At the end of the day, the Mustangs came away with a 3-1 win (15-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23). The team also played in the York University Y2K Excalibur tournament where they finished fifth. Western managed to come out with a win in the consolation final against York, with a score of 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-20).

Basketball: The men's team remained undefeated in CIAU play, with a record of 14-0.

The Mustangs spent the holidays trouncing any opponent who got in their way. They were champions in the annual Purple and White tournament, where they tore Wilfrid Laurier University apart with a final score of 102-56.

The Mustangs also played two regular season games, winning the first against the University of Windsor 95-69, while tying a school record by scoring 13 three-pointers. Western also faced rival McMaster University in a blow-out match which ended in a 102-72 Mustang victory.

The women's team also continued their winning ways over the break. They faced off against McMaster and in what turned out to be a very close game, the Mustangs managed to scrape out a 60-52 victory against their Ontario University Athletics rivals.

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