Volume 94, Issue 68

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


SPORTS

Lancers get new life

Mustangs riding high

Track team hauls home hardware

Women wrestlers rock Guelph

Weekend Roundup

Lancers get new life

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Although their weekend win was a walk in the park, the Mustangs should realize that it may be one of their last – against the Lancers, that is.

This weekend the women's volleyball team extended their undefeated streak to a solid seven games by defeating the visiting Windsor Lancers 3-0, in their second meeting of the season.

The Lancers played host to the Mustangs earlier in the fall, and according to fifth-year middle-blocker Sonja Janischewski, they put up a stronger fight in their last matchup. Despite this, the Lancers are shaping up to be some of the Mustangs' toughest competition of the future.

"When we went to Windsor we lost a set to them – that was still in the back of our minds during the game," Janischewski said. "You have to give them respect, and in the third set we didn't give them enough. I think that's what made the difference."

The Saturday games were evidence enough that history repeats itself – after beating the Lancers definitively by set scores of 25-11 and 25-14, the Mustangs lost their momentum in the third set and allowed the Lancers to take control of the game.

"In the first set, we stuck to our game plan really well," Janischewski said. "In the third set, we made some changes on the court that we didn't adapt to quite quickly enough."

The Lancers led the Mustangs 24-22 at one point during the match, although their lead was not enough to reign in the competition. Western battled back to win four straight points, eventually winning the match and the game by a tally of 26-24.

"It's hard to keep teams below 16 points," said Mustang head coach, Dean Lowrie, of his team's convincing victories in the opening sets. "As long as we don't completely fall apart in the third set, or at the end of the game, I won't get too concerned."

The Windsor squad boasts head coach Marilyn Douglas, who is in her first-year with the team. According to Lowrie, Douglas is going to be instrumental in turning around an organization that previously could have been written off.

"I came in recognizing that there was a lot of work to be done to rebuild this program," Douglas said. "It has been challenging to say the least."

Douglas said she was optimistic that her team will have the potential to compete in the Ontario University Athletics with more velocity within a few years time.

"At this point there has been no opportunity for recruiting. I took mostly rookies this year and selected the best athletes for the team with the idea that I could just teach them the skills they need.

"I think that the girls were prepared for the match – I would say that they knew what was coming at them. They started out hesitant and didn't start to play well until the third set. In volleyball you just can't afford to do that.

"They need [to know] how to win and how to finish, and how not to make unforced errors. They have to believe in their training and in what they are doing to get better," Douglas said.

Currently the Lancers look to third-year pentathlon Beth Stroud to provide their primary offensive drives. "She is a pretty amazing athlete," Douglas said. "She is kind of unstoppable."

Stroud had eight kills in the game, which came mostly during the second half of the teams' meeting. That is in comparison to Janischewski's team leading 12 kills on the afternoon.


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