Seniors shine in V-ball
loss, perhaps their last game
By Kyle Hampson
BELIEVE I CAN FLY. Western’s Adam Dumond soares for
a kill in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the York Lions.
Playing in what could have been their last game for Western, Pete
Sidler and Jeff Mattingly decimated York University with kills.
In the last game of the Western men’s volleyball season,
two veteran Mustang players stood out in a losing cause.
On Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall, the York Lions defeated the
Western Mustangs in three straight sets, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21. Although
this game seemed one sided, Western kept up throughout the entire
The game was filled with long rallies and outstanding plays by
both teams. Sharp spikes and athletic digs were abundant in the
match, but York prevailed in the end.
Emotions heightened during the game as both teams wanted the win
for different reasons. With a victory over the ’Stangs, York
could secure first or second place in the Ontario University Athletics
standings, thus giving them a first round bye. Western on the other
hand, wanted this game as a proper send off to their veteran players.
York’s middle players shut down Western’s attack all
“I believe that we have the best two middles in the OUA,
possibly the [Canadian Interuniveristy Sport],” said York
head coach Wally Dyba. “They’re big — both 6’7” or
6’8”, and young. Anyone who wants to come inside on
us is going to have problems.”
Thanks to powerful serves by Mattingly and devastating outside
kills from both Sidler and Mattingly, Western clawed back into
the second set after trailing York early.
Mattingly spiked a kill from the off side that drilled a York
player in the face. It was clear both these veteran players did
not want to leave without a fight. As a tribute by teammates, Mattingly
was being set again and again for heavy spikes.
“I am extremely proud of their performance. This could have
been both of their last games here at Western,” said Western
head coach Jim Sage. “This was only Jeff’s second year
playing for us, and at the end of the third set he was demanding
Both Sidler and Mattingly have a chance to play for Western next
year. Sidler is applying to Althouse College. He still has one
more year of eligibility under OUA rules.
“I would love to come back next year,” Sidler said. “I
think another year here would really help my game.”
Sage echoed Sidler’s comments. “I would love to have
Pete back, the chances of our team greatly improve with him in
Mattingly, on the other hand, has decided this year would be his
final year for the Western volleyball team.
If Mattingly and Sidler both fail to return next year, Sage is
looking at first-year player Josh Chisholm to step up.
“Josh is young and inexperienced with a lot of raw talent.
With his physical attributes and mindset, he could turn into a
big player in the future.”
When asked about what would help the Mustang team next year, Sage
outlined one major aspect.
“We could use a real setter. The guys this year filled in
admirably, but they were inexperienced. A more experienced setter
would be able to distribute the ball better and instill confidence
in our hitters.”
Dyba, a Western graduate himself, also had words on what would
improve the volleyball program at Western.
“I have mixed feelings about returning to Western. I mean
they have a playoff calibre team here, and yet their program could
be a lot stronger with better funding. Western has focused on the
three bigger sports of hockey, football and basketball. With their
recruiting power, they could attract anyone they want.”