Volume 93, Issue 60
Tuesday, January 18, 2000
Women block out McMaster
TAKING THE BIG DIVE. While the Mustangs reached for the stars on Thursday, the only volleyball team to take a dive belonged to McMaster University.
By Sean Maraj
The McMaster Marauders came flying out at top speed only to hit a wall. That wall was the Western women's volleyball team who slammed the door on the hapless Marauders last Thursday to the tune of 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-15).
The Mustangs, who have been cruising by their competition this season while maintaining an undefeated record, showed no signs of slowing down during Thursday's match. Western completely outplayed the Marauders on both defence and offence, further showing why they are ranked number five in the country.
McMaster head coach Tim Louks said he was not impressed with his team after the game, attributing the loss to inability to perform fundamental aspects of the game. "We didn't play very well, we didn't serve good enough, we didn't play good defence. We were schooled," Louks said.
Western head coach Dean Lowrie said he was pleased with how his team played in what he considered to be one of the Mustangs' best performances all season, pointing specifically to the strong play of side Racheal Lowen. "We played good. I think it was one of the best games I've seen Rachel play all year," he said.
Western outside hitter Bridget Campbell said she was pleased with the outcome of the game. "We played pretty well. We had good flow throughout the match. Everything was running on all cylinders," she said.
With the playoffs only a few weeks away, Lowrie maintained his team was not yet feeling any added pressure, however, he said this would surely change as the finals approached.
Campbell agreed with Lowrie and said despite the undefeated season, the Mustangs are not feeling any more pressure than usual. "There's a certain amount of pressure," she said. "But we welcome it it helps us improve."
In terms of maintaining their record, Lowrie said he plans to make sure the team practices the fundamental aspects of the game over the next few weeks. "We're going back to the basics this week and we're getting ready for the playoffs," he said.
Campbell looked back at her teams' recent encounter with the Japanese team Tsukuba as a major learning experience. She said the interaction was pivotal in their return to the basics.
"The Japanese team was really helpful. [In the next few weeks] we're going to work mostly on basic ball work and game play stuff," she said.
The team is scheduled to play their next game at home on Jan. 26 against the Guelph Gryphons.
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