Volume 95, Issue 41

Wednesday, November 14, 2001
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The winning streak continues...

Mustangs bring home "rastlin" silver

Western hitting hard

Medals show soccer mettle

Western hitting hard

The Western Mustangs showed why they have one of the most elite volleyball programs in Canadian Interuniversity Sport this past weekend, as the men came away undefeated capturing the Waterloo tournament.

Western cameback in the final match and dealt a 3-2 defeat to Dalhousie, who will likely be one of the front-runners at this year's CIS championships.

According to Western head coach Dave Preston, the outstanding play of his returning vets and the overall depth of his club allowed them to walk away with the victory.

"Our team played really well over the weekend and we felt confident each match. Our team has five returning starters on the floor and it makes it easier to deal with the pressure when so many players have been in these kinds of situations before," Preston said.

"We are a veteran team with a great deal of depth and we hope that this experience can help make us a national contender," he added.

Of these returning starters, Mustang outside hitter Luke Schram was named the tournament MVP.

Schram and his mates will need to continue playing at this calibre if they want to get past their conference foes come playoff time. Ontario has one of the deepest leagues in the country and Western will be looking to bury Toronto, Queen's and Guelph in the standings.

"All of the clubs in Ontario are strong and it will be tough to win our conference. We have so many players capable of bringing something to the table that I'm not worried at this point. We showed that we have the talent and depth to win and I hope we can build on the confidence we have gained over the weekend," Preston said.

While it is still early in the season, there is a great deal of work for the Mustangs before they start looking too far into the future. Preston and his squad will have the chance to test themselves again tonight, when they battle the Gryphons in Guelph.

–Pat Kane

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