'Stangs trounce lowly Lancers

Volleyballers still chasing first-round bye

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs men's volleyball

Jonas Hrebeniuk

HELL'S BELLS, THIS IS ONE INTENSE GAME OF 'PATTY-CAKE.' The men's volleyball team cruised to a straight-sets victory over the Windsor Lancers this past weekend at Alumni Hall. Senior players were honoured before the game in a heartfelt ceremony.

It was celebrations before and after the game as the men’s volleyball team honoured its graduating players with a pre-game presentation, followed by a 3-0 romp of the Windsor Lancers on Wednesday night.

“We came into this game wanting to work on some stuff that hasn’t been our strong suit,” Mustangs outside hitter Eric Simon said. “There’s one rotation where our setter is in [position] one. That’s always been the weakest for us, so we wanted to side out of that rotation as soon as we could.”

The win moved the Mustangs past the Waterloo Warriors for sole possession of fourth place in the Ontario University Athletics standings with a game in hand, and kept their hopes of home-court advantage in the playoffs alive.

“We’ve got a chance for second right now, which will give us a bye to the semis and [allow us to] host the semis at home, which would be great,” Simon said.

When asked what areas of the game his team needed to work on before the playoffs, Western head coach Jim Sage cited focus.

“We need to be more consistent, attack at a high percentage, and be aggressive in the serve and the serve receive,” he said. “There is a much higher intensity in the playoffs.”

Lancers head coach Huub Kemmere admitted his team was struggling with discipline and focus.

“We’re trying to play a lot of rookies and basically trying to get ready for next year,” he said. “This way, they get a feel [of] what OUAs are all about.”

Western’s offence started off slowly in the first set, and Windsor built a slight lead in the early going. However, after some key defensive mistakes by the Lancers, Western got on its horse and took charge to a 25-16 win.

Windsor’s defence was all over the place early in the second set, which allowed the Mustangs to break out to an early lead.

After a quick timeout by Kemmere, however, his team narrowed the gap. It was too late for the visitors as Western took the second set 25-22.

After losing the first two sets, frustration set in the Lancers’ minds in the third frame. A lack of discipline and effort on their part allowed the Mustangs to cruise to a 25-15 win.

It was the veterans who finished the game, starting with a serve by Chris Mokry and ending with the kill by Andrew Hinchey; both players are in their final year.

When asked about Mokry, Sage had kind words.

“‘Mok’ brings experience and calmness in adversity when things are going the wrong way,” he said. “He is very unselfish and does what’s best for the team " almost to a fault. [He is a] great person, on and off the court.”

Before the game, six graduating players were honoured from Western’s squad: Mokry, Josh Chisholm, Aric Sudicky, Chris Graham, Dan Miller and Hinchey. They were each presented with gifts as well as congratulatory hugs and handshakes from their coaches and teammates.

On Saturday, the Mustangs lost a 3-1 decision to the Toronto Varsity Blues in the province’s capital.

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