Volume 94, Issue 64

Wednesday, January 17, 2001


The purple rampage continues

Mustangs triumph over Marauders

Sports Briefs

Mustangs triumph over Marauders

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

It must feel good not to know what it feels like to lose – at least not badly.

This weekend the women's volleyball team took their show on the road, storming into the land of the not-so-golden arches and laying a beating on the McMaster Marauders.

The Mustangs flogged their opponents heavily, delivering the Marauder loss in three straight sets with scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-17. The general team feeling regarding the match is best expressed in the words of McMaster's head coach, Tim Louks.

"We got the crap kicked out of us. [Western's] front line makes a huge difference – their starters are on average about six inches taller than our line."

The win is the Mustangs' third since the Christmas break, though there has been some question over whether or not they should have bragging rights, considering the calibre of the teams they have matched up against.

"The last three games the teams haven't been the strongest," noted Mustang middle blocker Katherine Kiss. "The benefit of these games is that we have been able to work on different plays and combinations and our bench has also had opportunities to get into the games.

"It's nice to have some games that are stress-free. A lot of us found first semester really stressful and as a result of that, we weren't playing that well. Now we're having so much fun!"

Mustang head coach Dean Lowrie said he was pleased with his team's effort, though he was quick to point out that the current winning streak is anything but an indicator that his team is primed for play-offs.

"After the game I took a look at the stats. I had the general feeling that we're playing really well, but the stats show we can improve. I'm more worried about teams catching us sleeping."

Kiss noted that the biggest challenge for her team will be when they match up against the Toronto Varsity Blues later on in the season. Until then, she said, there should not be any big scares for her team.

"A lot of our attack options and point scoring tactics are what we're going to be working on," said Lowrie, noting that the match his team will play against Guelph tonight will still be challenging for his team, despite their stellar second-half record.

Louks said he disagreed with Lowrie's concern about upcoming matches. "Western always does a great job defensively. From a theoretical point of view I don't think that they're going to get more losses than they have now."

The Mustangs are next in action Wednesday evening when they host the Guelph Gryphons. Game time is at 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall.

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