Volume 96, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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Sports Briefs

Mustang machine keeps on rolling

The women's soccer team continued their winning ways with another victory, this time over the University of Toronto Vasity Blues on Sunday.

"It was a much better game than when we played against York," said Mustangs head coach Mark Eys. "The team played with more desire and intelligence."

Western's game against York was played on Friday, with the Mustangs winning 1-0.

Standout players in the game were fullbacks Lena Hesselmans and Julie Jansen, who combined to shut down the Varsity Blues strikers.

"It was a good result," Eys said, "but more improvement is needed."

Next up for the women are conference rivals the University of Waterloo Warriors. The game is this Saturday at North London Field, on the corner of Windemere and Adelaide Roads. Game time is 1 p.m..

– Benjamin Mills

Mustangs 0 for 2 in Ohio

Long weekends are all part of getting ready for a big season. The Western women's volleyball team put their time in this past weekend as a warm up for the start of their Canadian season.

Friday night was the women's volleyball team's annual alumni game. It went five games, with the current team holding strong for a 3-2 victory over the alumni.

The Mustangs headed south of the border on Saturday when they stopped in Ohio to play the University of Miami and then headed to the University of Toledo on Sunday. The American schools had been practicing since August, while Western has only been together as a team for a few weeks and it was evident with a pair of 3-0 losses to each university.

Coach Dean Lowrie explained the overwhelming benefits of playing the more experienced teams from down south.

"They showed us the speed that we should be playing at and we come back home and train at that speed to get ready for the rest of our Canadian competition," Lowrie said.

The trip to play Toledo and Miami of Ohio was not so much about winning as it was about gaining experience and improving. Lowrie said his Mustangs did some things very well, but also needed some work.

"Our blocking and our defense was very good, but we struggled to get kills," Lowrie explained.

Western's head man said he was excited by the team chemistry and how it reflected on the court.

"Our team has great personality. Our defence is ahead of our offence right now because of our character. I am very excited about this team because we are going to be pretty entertaining to watch this year," Lowrie said.

– Ryan Hickman


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