Volume 94, Issue 66

Friday, January 19, 2001


Spikers kill Guelph

Lowrie wins 70th

OUA will allow athletic scholarships

Women's hockey falls to lancers

Spikers kill Guelph

Ilana Valo/Gazette
AND WAVE 'EM SIDE TO SIDE LIKE YA JUST DON'T CARE. The mustang men were hoping to wave good bye to the competition from Guelph.

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Winning isn't everything, but for the Western men's volleyball team it could easily seem like everything.

Based on the talk coming from the Western side, one would have thought it was Guelph who took the match in three sets (25-13, 25-17, 25-19), when it was actually the other way around.

"I'm not at all happy with the performance level," said Western head coach, Dave Preston.

"There were a lot of time were we lacked concentration," added Western middle, Andrew Coles. "We need more focus and better serving. These types of game just happen. You have a game like that every year."

While the Mustangs dominated the first set, especially with their blocking, their service game slumped at moments during the last two sets. Preston said it's a matter of the team finding the right service pressure, so that they still produce effective serves without nailing the ball out of bounds.

"We got more points on side-out than we wanted to," Preston said. "In order for us to use our strength, blocking, we have to become better on the serve."

Western had 14 service errors, compared to Guelph's six. Still, Preston was able to find some good things that came from the win.

"We hit pretty well and we blocked pretty well, especially in the first set," he said.

Preston was also pleased with the play of captain Peter Testa, who had a 78 per cent kill percentage along with two aces, and contributed to three blocks.

"He was far and away the most dominant player on the court today," Preston said. "He blocked, he executed our offence. He was probably personally responsible for 19 to 20 of our points."

Middle Jeremy Jonckheere had four kills and a 100 per cent kill rate while also having two solo blocks and assisting on four.

Preston attributed much of Guelph's poor play to the struggles of Gryphon right side Chris Geddes, who Preston earlier in the week described as having a 'Jordan-esque' quality. Geddes had a miserable day with 11 errors and a 32 per cent kill percentage.

Guelph head coach, Doug Dodd, said it was simply a matter of his team not being up for the challenge.

"Western outplayed us," Dodd said. "We really weren't up to their speed and performance level."

Dodd believed there were times in the match when Guelph could have changed the outcome, but his team was not able keep it going.

"There was some key rallies were it could have gone the other way.

There were times when we had a chance to get in there and then boom!

We'd miss our serve."

The Guelph head coach said he was impressed with Western's preparation before the game. "They scouted us pretty effectively," Dodd said. "They got some really good points off transition offence. Give Peter [Testa] credit for that."

The win now leaves Western with an 8-2 record and top spot in the Ontario University Athletics West division. Their next game is against Windsor at Alumni Hall tomorrow.

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