Volume 95, Issue 52

Tuesday, December 4, 2001
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Unnecessarily rough end to CIS pigskin season

Mustangs mauled by York

Bump, set, talk some smack

Bump, set, talk some smack

By Dave Martin
Gazette Staff

Cue the comeback.

Saturday afternoon, down two sets to nothing, the Western women's volleyball team had to answer the cue and came oh-so-close to completing their task.

The sixth ranked York Yeowomen held off the Mustang charge and won in a back and forth five-set thriller, three sets to two (25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 17-25 and 15-12).

In a unique description of the game, Western head coach Dean Lowrie talked afterwards about how the good guys always finish last.

"Western athletes in general are really nice, good-quality people, especially the girls on our team. Sometimes though, that can end up hurting us a bit on the court, as we don't have that cut-throat attitude," he said.

"Halfway through the game, a little talking through the net began between the teams and it helped to fire us up and get more 'in-your-face.' I wish we could've started with that from the beginning of the game," Lowrie said.

Lowrie said he was pleased with the teams' effort, but knows there are things they still need to work on.

"The team played very well at times, but we're still making errors that we would like to have cleared up by this point in the season. We don't have a defined leader, which is something new for us, but it's good because it means everyone has to step up and lift their teammates," Lowrie said.

York head coach Hernan Humana said he felt the tough competition made his team step up.

"When two good teams go head-to-head, they seem to always bring out the best in each other. Obviously, it was nice to come out on top, but I was especially proud of the way we fought back in the fifth set when all the momentum was in Western's favour," Humana said.

Despite how proud he is of his team, Humana still said he felt a bit insecure about facing Western later on in the post-season.

"Western is a tremendous team with a lot of talent and they will certainly not be easy to beat come February," Humana said.

Fifth-year Western veteran Katie Havers, who had ten kills and ten digs, said the team played well and is ready for the mid-season break.

"That was some of the best ball we've played this entire season, which is a really good thing for our team. The break though is going to be really nice right now as our bodies are quite bruised," Havers said.

The Mustangs drop to 7-3 on the season and now have over a month off until their next game on Jan. 8 at Brock.

Christine Bryant/Gazette
DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE? The Western women dropped the first two sets against York before rallying to force a fifth set.

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