Volume 95, Issue 62

Wednesday, January 23, 2002
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Women bounce Waterloo

Mustangs Seeley the dealie

Western men earn straight set victory

Vince Carter gets case of hype -- AKA the sports plague

Western men earn straight set victory

Like a student house that just got a Playstation 2, the Western Mustangs men's volleyball team is really starting to come together.

The Mustangs routed an out-matched squad from Laurier 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in Waterloo. Mustangs head coach Dave Preston said his team is trying to consolidate the things they've been doing right this season.

"What we're trying to do now is package everything we've been doing. We've had good setting, blocking and serving at different times. Now we're tying to put it all together for the playoffs," Preston said.

Left side Luke Schram hit his stride for Western coming up with 15 kills. Ironically, it was Schram that Preston identified after Western's previous win over Guelph as a player the Mustangs needed to come up big.

"It's funny how that works," Preston said with a grin. "[Schram] really played well for us."

Laurier head coach Todd Dougherty said it was tough to find any positives in his team's performance. "The last half of the third set we started to play like we cared. I think by that point we were already down 18-9," he said.

Dougherty offered some explanation for his team's lacklustre performance.

"I think part of it was a lack of focus. Some of the guys thought coming in that [Western] is better than us, so there's no use playing," Dougherty said, adding his team had battled Western hard in the past.

Western will look to keep rolling this Wednesday night when they travel to Windsor to take on the Lancers.

–Ryan Dixon

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