Volume 94, Issue 76

Wednesday, February 7, 2001


Ballers shoot down some Hawks

Disappointing win has to do - Mustang men lose their shooting touch

Mustangs thrive as road warriors

Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

The big synchro night

Synchronized swimming is one of those lesser known sports at Western, but tonight the team will be showcasing their talents for all the world to see.

The Mustangs synchronized swimming team will be holding their annual Water Show tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Thames Hall pool, perhaps for the last time as the sport may be losing its status as an Ontario University Athletics sport.

"It's going to be all our routines, it's a good warm-up. It gives us a chance to practice in front an audience," said Vanessa Butani, captain of the team. "Plus it might be the last chance at the varsity level."

Butani also noted that the show will also be good practice for the team as they prepare to go to Queen's for the OUA championships this coming weekend.

"I think we're ready to put on a really good show," she said. "We want to go to Queen's and win the banner and keep it at Western forever."

–Sean Maraj

Men look to fine tune

Sunday the men's volleyball team decided they should redeem themselves after surrendering a close match to the University of Toronto Blues, hammering the Ryerson Rams 3-0.

The men had their way with the visitors to the tune of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-15 in what head coach, Dave Preston, called a more deserving victory than the would-be win on Saturday.

"We played a lot better Sunday–Saturday we made too many errors. We gave away six points and we lost by three. The math is pretty simple."

Friday the men look to "fine tune" their game when they take on Laurier, according to Preston.

"It looks like we are already locked into first place. The opposition is actually irrelevant."

Women continue hot streak

The women's volleyball team completed the second half of what shaped up to be a perfect weekend on the scoresheet Sunday with a 3-0 win over Ryerson Rams.

"We played a little bit better," said Dean Lowrie, comparing Sunday's match to Saturday's close win over the University of Toronto. "The girls were all pretty stiff after the Toronto match – and after last week spent resting, it has taken us a bit to get our games heads back on."

This week the Mustangs are gearing up for Friday's game against the second place Laurier Golden Hawks. Having already clinched first place in the division, the match-up should be a walk in the park.

"Laurier is going to come in believing they can beat us," commented Lowrie. "It's going to be a good night."

Friday is also seniors' night–graduating players Katie Havers, Bridget Campbell, Jill Gottschalk, Jen Wheeler and Sonja Janischewski will be presented with special gifts to commemorate their experience at Western.

–Jess Leeder

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