Volume 95, Issue 29

Wednesday, October 24, 2001
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Mustangs undefeated

No kicks this year for soccer men

Mustang eyes fixed on the prize

Yeomen? I think not

Rugby women advance

Mustang eyes fixed on the prize

By Lauren Schellenberger
Gazette Writer

A patient and consistent ground attack vaulted the Western Mustangs' women's tennis team past visiting Queen's this past weekend, by a score of 7-0.

The win should act as an inspirational lead in to this year's playoffs.

From the opening serve, Western dominated every match by serving effectively, hitting lines with precision and using a controlled style of play to outlast their overmatched opponents.

Western coach Ole Harder was encouraged with the day's play and said he was pleased the players executed their game plan of getting "a lot of balls back, while still remaining aggressive."

Saturday's action did not begin without controversy, as a miscommunication between the opposing coaches about the starting time led to the Queen's Golden Gaels arriving over four hours early for their matches.

The Golden Gaels were further miffed because many players were due back in Kingston in the late afternoon for another engagement and there was concern they would not be able to complete the scheduled matches.

Ultimately, once Western had secured enough points for the win, three matches were sacrificed to ensure the Golden Gaels a timely return to Kingston.

Nancy Poirier, Golden Gaels head coach, said the miscommunication was unfortunate but she was happy with how her team remained composed.

"They were able to maintain their concentration even after the long delay. I was proud of how they played under the circumstances," Poirier said.

Western co-captain Jacqueline Green said she was pleased with the team's play against Queen's and believes the team is looking strong heading into the playoffs.

Green said the deep roster of the Mustangs was a huge plus. "Our team has a lot of depth and I'm looking forward to carrying this momentum into the playoff season," she said.

Next week, in addition to entering the playoffs with confidence, the Mustangs will have the added advantage of a home court – something Western coach Harder also feels could be key.

"The team's playing well and we'll be home for the playoffs, although we will go in as the third or fourth seed [depending on the outcome of the Waterloo/McMaster match]. We can win the whole thing," Harder said.

Playoffs begin next Saturday at Western.

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