Volume 96, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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V-ball victory

If you were looking for excitement last Friday night, there was no better place to be than Alumni Hall.

The Western Mustangs men's volleyball team ended a five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion against the Waterloo Warriors. After losing the first two sets, it seemed the Mustangs were going to be swept for the third time in five days, but before the Warriors could bring out the brooms, the Mustangs had fought back and defeated the Warriors in five sets (23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-12).

A key substitution was made in the third game, bringing Mark "Return of the Mack" Morrison into the game as the libero, consequently switching starting libero John Hong to setter.

Mustangs head coach Jim Sage said the setter change may have had an impact on the momentum swing. "We did the setter change [and] it was a big move. It did give us a bit of a lift once we got some confidence," Sage said.

The coach also alluded to the importance of the win for playoff contention.

"[The game] was a key momentum shift to get us off our losing skid," Sage said. "Losing [today] would have been a nail in our coffin – [the win] resurrects us – we're back in the battle [for a playoff spot]."

Western has a week off before going on the road to Queen's University next Sunday.

– Rahim Bharmal

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