Volume 94, Issue 20

Wednesday, October 4, 2000


Ruggers carry on age-old rivalry in draw with Queens

Men's tennis team beats Warriors

Running like the wind in Chicago

Women's tennis results

Western's Don Cherry gives pool tips

Men's tennis team beats Warriors

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

The Western the men's tennis team found the road to redemption this weekend, beating the Waterloo Warriors 4-3.

The win gives them a 3-2 record on the season, with Brock and McMaster left to play, in what has been a fairly disappointing regular season. Yet, Western head coach Anthony Glavanic said he was pleased with the match.

"We couldn't get away with having another bad performance," Glavanic said, referring to his team's embarrassing loss last week to underdog York.

"This weekend's win was evidence, proving we are starting to learn from our mistakes. We need to be focused, which has been a key factor in some of our losses," he said.

Glavanic said in order to get ready for playoffs, the team will have to focus on consistent play, as well as reducing its amount of unforced errors. The team is also in the process of developing set pairs for doubles.

"We won our first doubles match of the season against Waterloo, which meant we only had to win three of our singles matches to take the win." Glavanic said if a team can win the doubles match, which is the first match of every game, it gives the team a clear advantage over the other.

"Our focus is getting better each game. The main thing is to win the doubles point, because it gives us momentum going into the singles matchups," said team member Jordan Caldwell.

Waterloo head coach Marten Johnson, also commented on the importance of doubles play. "The doubles is a very important point. We knew it would be a tight match against Western and indeed it was some very good tennis."

The Mustangs next matchup against Brock on Oct. 14 at Western is a must win if they want to be guaranteed a playoff spot. Only the top four teams in the league make it to the playoffs.

A number four seed will mean that Western will face off against McMaster, the 1999 league champions, whereas if they were to win the rest of their regular season games, they would be seeded third in playoff action – with quite possibly a better fate, facing the second seed.

Glavanic noted key player Ryan Hall will be absent in the match against Brock, which will have a negative impact on the team's play.

"Ryan's absence definitely weakens us – it means we won't be going in with our best in the lineup. I wish that wasn't the case. Really, it will give the fringe players a chance to shine in the lineup."

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