Volume 94, Issue 43

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000


SPORTS

First win for women's hockey

Make it a hat trick - Men's volleyball wins third straight

Winless Lakehead trouble Mustangs

Sports Briefs

Make it a hat trick - Men's volleyball wins third straight




Gavin Brauer/Gazette
DOING THESE SQUATE DURING THE GAME WILL REALLY HELP MY LEGS. The Mustang volleyball men rose up to victory against Laurier.


By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff



Notching their third win of the season last weekend, the men's volleyball team has proved the old superstition that good things come in three's.

The Mustang men's volleyball team travelled to Laurier to avenge tradition and come up with their third win on the season to turn around what started out looking like a mediocre record.

"The first set we played was probably the best we played, but I think we got a little too comfortable during our second set," said fourth-year left side Chris Gruhn. "After that we were able to regain our composure and take control of the match."

The Mustangs started out strong with a 25-16 trampling of the Golden Hawks, but the dust and feathers still lingering during the second match from the upset must have clouded the Mustangs vision as the game continued.

After dropping a close 25-22 set to the Golden Hawks, the Mustangs re-focused, collecting themselves sufficiently to win the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-22.

"Laurier is a young team in a sense that they are not as experienced as we are," said Gruhn, noting he thought Laurier was well-prepared for the match against Western. "Every team in our division seems to get up to play us."

Gruhn said he thought the team's play was not the best it could have been, but having pulled out a win, he was happy nonetheless. "Sometimes we get a little too comfortable with our play out there. We need to prepare mentally for each game with our performance in mind rather than just the outcome."

Gruhn said he thought that instead of focusing on beating a team by a large margin, his team needs to be looking inward.

"Setting goals for ourselves is the way for us to win."

Third-year outside hitter, Luke Schram, said the win was an indicator of the progress the team has made since the start of the season.

"Mentally we're executing better – we're a lot more stable. We're coming together better – tactically and technically we're fine. We have to take every team seriously and prepare to work for every point in the game if we want to win."

"Winning our last three games is a good indicator we're going to be able to get into that mode," Gruhn said.

Mustang head coach, Dave Preston, said he thought the second set loss was due more to a lack of concentration than anything else.

"[Setter and co-captain] Peter Testa played excellent. I think the return of [co-captain and left side] Mike Wilson from a foot injury really helped as well. I think his presence instilled some confidence in the team."

In mentioning other players who made considerable contributions to the win, Preston commended rookie and right side Peter Fidler, for his play. "Fidler made some really good digs and was also able to convert on them."

The Mustangs look to continue their three-game win streak against Guelph and York this and next week, respectively. Preston said he is hoping to continue his team's strong play against these two teams.

"It is going to take two solid performances to compete against those teams."

Men's volleyball head coach of the York Yeomen Wally Dyba, said that his team has yet to start to physically prepare for the match against Western on November 24, but he divulged that the thoughts of the mustangs have been dancing in their heads.

"We have a game and a tournament before we play Western, so we're not concentrating solely on them yet, but Western has certainly been one of the teams that have provided challenges for us in the past."


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