Rookies step up in v-ball
Western lifts regular season record to 6-2
By Gillian Bankas
ON THE EDGE OF HER TOES. A player on the Mustangs’ women’s
volleyball team prepares for a hit against Laurier on Saturday.
The women are ranked first in the Western Division with a
After 21 days off and a loss Wednesday to Windsor, Western’s
women’s volleyball team came back in full force to dominate
their game against the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday at Alumni
Hall, winning three sets to one.
“We knew we could do it if we played together, and we did,” said
middle Jameela Lencucha. “We’ve let them beat us in
our own gym too many times, so we had to beat them.”
Laurier served and scored first, but Mustangs’ outside hitter
Jill Pardy served quickly for a point and the team continued to
lead the game, winning the first set 25-13.
Laurier took the second set 25-19, before Western took the third
and fourth sets 25-23 and 25-16. Laurier head coach Dave McIntyre
thought his team could have played better across the board, but
said they weren’t far from beating the best team in the Ontario
Before Saturday’s game, both teams were tied at the top
of the OUA West division with 10 points, sharing top spot with
the Guelph Gryphons as well. Western, now 6-2, will not play another
game until they face the Brock Badgers in January.
“We have a lot of rookies that aren’t used to the
longer season,” said Western head coach Dean Lowrie. “The
team will focus on lots of physical training and studying,” he
added regarding the extended period of time until their next game.
“We have a very young team and I’m excited about the
future of the team. I really like the chemistry of the team.”
“The rookies, when they are on the court, step up to the
plate and fit in like they’re not first years,” Lencucha
The number of rookies on each team might have had an effect on
the team’s play Saturday, as Laurier had seven rookies, one
second-year player, five third-year players and one fourth-year
player. Laurier’s lone fourth-year player, Cathy Ingalls,
was ranked second last year in scoring for women’s CIS volleyball.
Last year, the Mustangs lost their No. 1 ranked scorer for women’s
CIS volleyball, Lyn Christensen, when she graduated. “Now
we rely on more people to do more things on offense, and more people
are stepping up,” Lowrie said.