Volume 94, Issue 62

Friday, January 12, 2000


SPORTS

Lady Mustangs steal another victory

Mustangs thump Warriors

Spikers stay home

Mustangs thump Warriors

By Dave Martin
Gazette Staff

Wednesday night the Waterloo men's volleyball team visited Western in what was supposed to be a very close game to determine first place in the Ontario University Athletics West division standings.

But the Mustangs did not give a warm welcome and slammed the Warriors with a decisive three sets-to-nothing victory, taking revenge of an earlier loss in the Warriors this season.

Although the scores remained close in every set, Western held the lead for a majority of the time, winning with set tallies of 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.

Western head coach, Dave Preston, said he was pleased with his team's effort but realized that it was not a perfect performance.

"We played pretty well and as I told the guys, I was 90 per cent pleased with the game. We were strong offensively and had a good rhythm going. Defensively we blocked very well but didn't dig many balls. Waterloo digged several hits, which created more offensive opportunities for them, which is the 10 per cent improvement that we need to work on."

"We played poorly," said Waterloo head coach, Doug Hanes, who admitted Western played a strong game.

"Western certainly played well and they didn't make many mistakes, whereas we made far too many. You can't beat a team that's this good, making as many mistakes as we did today. Block, pass, serve – pick a skill, and we need to do it better," he said.

Still, Hanes said he feels his team has the capabilities to be strong contenders for the finals. "If we improve on certain things, we'll definitely be able to match up at the end of the year, but if we play like we did today, we're not going too far."

Fourth-year setter and team co-captain Peter Testa said he was very satisfied with how the team played, and that he feels the team holds its own destiny.

"We played very [well], three solid sets, though we still made some unenforced errors. "We've got room for improvement, but all-in-all we came out and played the team that we're tied for first with and beat them pretty handily," he said. "Right now we've got to work on execution. I think we're the strongest team in the division and if we take care of our game no one should beat us, and hopefully we can make a nice play-off run."

Preston said he feels his team has come a long way from the beginning of the year, though he knows that their back-court defence and other minor details need work.

"We're not where we were, not where we want to be, but not where we are going to be. Digging in our back-court defence needs improvement and I'd also like to see our serving game improve a little bit.

"If we become a better serving team, it'll make us a better blocking team. The serving impressed me as four aces for the team is very good for us, and is more than we usually get. But I want to be pleased with our service game and our back-court defensive game."


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