Sleeping giant decimates York
"Let's get ready to rumble - this is the main event of the year"
Respect your elders
Young blood lost out to veteran wisdom in a classic volleyball duel this past Saturday at Alumni Hall. The Western Mustangs men's volleyball team survived a gruelling five set showdown with the young and talented Guelph Gryphons 25-20, 26-24, 25-27, 20-25 and 17-15.
The Mustangs Ontario University Athletics West division-leading record improves to 12-2, while the Gryphons fall to 7-9 and are desperately trying to secure the final playoff spot.
The Mustangs have also established themselves on a national scale, as they continue to hold the number six ranking in Canada.
Mustang head coach Dave Preston explained the image he observed on the court. "I hate to use the word bored, but we sure played like we were bored. We had a chance to take the match in three, but ended up barely squeaking it out," he said.
According to Preston, middle Jeremy Jonckheere and setter Peter Testa, both fifth-year veterans, were instrumental in straightening the sinking ship.
"They basically said 'enough is enough' and carried us to the victory," Preston said. "They were definitely my choice for players of the game."
The upstart Gryphons were able to claw their way back into the match with young legs and the Mustangs' inability to show any raw emotion. But Preston wasn't really frightened of an impending loss. "I don't think we were ever out of control of this match, it was just a matter of us exercising our control," he said.
The Mustangs face a daunting task when they welcome the Waterloo Warriors to Alumni Hall on Wednesday night. The Warriors boast a collection of big swingers, including middle's Walter Froese and Steve Mousseau and 6'9" behemoth right side hitter Geoff White.
"We are extremely excited to host Waterloo in our gym," Preston said. "I think we were lucky to come away with a win the last time we played them, so we will definitely have our hands full. They're better and we're better, so it will be a playoff style matchup."
All cooped-up in Montreal
On a weekend where many of us were out enjoying the wonderful weather, the Western men's and women's track and field teams were cooped-up indoors in Montreal, blowing away the competition at the McGill Open.
The women triumphantly returned with a first-place team finish, while the men came in a very strong second on their side of the event.
Head coach Vickie Croley said she was quite pleased with the outcome for both of her teams, but added it wasn't a perfect performance.
"We're definitely happy with the way things went [this weekend], as the majority of our athletes had outstanding meets. There is some room for improvement, but nothing that is too major," she said.
The women's team, anchored by their relay teams, took home seven gold medals, three of which came from victories in the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 metres relay races.
Kate Forbes (shot put, weight throw), Kate Vermeulen (1,500 metres), Adrienne Lucia (60 metre hurdles) and Kelly Goheen (long jump) won the rest of the gold medals.
In addition to the massive gold rush, coach Croley was overly impressed with Jen Moscow, who grabbed silver in the 600 metre event.
"Jen set a personal best by over two seconds, which is a big accomplishment and really proves she has reached the next level and can compete on the OUA stage," she said.
The men seized three gold medals of their own with the efforts of Chris Smith (600 metres), Chris Williams (long jump) and the 4x400 metre relay team.
Smith, a newcomer to the track and field scene, set a personal best en route to being the first to cross the finish line.
Both teams travel to Toronto this weekend to take part in the York Classic.