Volume 94, Issue 35
Wednesday, November 1, 2000
Women's volleyball winning streak hits the 50 mark
DAMNMY PARENTS FOR NOT BEING TALLER. The women's volleyball team did not come up short this weekend as they notched two big wins.
By Matthew Hills
The women's volleyball team recovered from a challenging week to capture their 49th and 50th consecutive league wins, providing them with a solid 4-0 start on the road to another groundbreaking season.
Last Saturday saw the women Mustang's face off against the Queen's Golden Gaels. It was the volleyball team's home opener at Alumni Hall. Western rolled to a convincing win in three sets, 25-16, 25-11 and 25-14. Strong service-receiving and solid blocks meant the Queen's team could not manage 20 points with the Mustangs firmly in control.
The Mustangs used the momentum from the win to overcome an improved University of Ottawa team 3-1 on Sunday. The GeeGees were playing their first league game after a successful pre-season.
Despite this, the Mustangs showed no mercy and took the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-18, handily. The third game was a different story as the GeeGees rallied to put together a team performance and turn the tables on the Mustangs, in a 25-13 score.
"We came out on fire, we were really pumped up" said fourth-year middle blocker Katherine Kiss. "We had heard that Ottawa had been really preparing for us. People are always focusing on us because we're the champs."
Jill Gottschalk, a fourth-year outside hitter, said she was disappointed with Western's play early in the match.
"We lost our focus, I think maybe we eased up because of the lead," she said. Fortunately the Mustangs regained their focus and won the fourth set convincingly, 25-13.
GeeGee's coach, Lionel Woods, admitted the Mustangs were the team to beat. "Our service receive hurt us in the first two games and you can't allow that against a team like Western's" he said. "I'd pick them to come in first in their division hands down."
Western coach, Dean Lowrie, said the team was trying to mix things up.
"We're right where we want to be at this point in the season. We're trying some different things right now" Lowrie, referring to players in relatively new positions. This is an improved Ottawa team."
The victories this weekend mean the Mustangs have not lost a league game in three years. A total of 50 games. The Western team faces Windsor on Wednesday before taking on Laurier and then Guelph this coming weekend. The team does not have another home game until Nov. 30 against McMaster.
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