Mohawk men’s v-ballers take two, women split

The Mohawk Mountaineers’ women’s volleyball team was handed its first loss of the season Saturday, losing to visiting North Bay Nipissing University.

But they rebounded on Sunday with a 3-0 sweep of North Bay Canadore

On Saturday, the women fell 25-15, 26-24, and 25-23 in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association game, part of a twin-bill at Mohawk’s Fennell Gym. The other half of the matinee featured the men who were victorious, 25-22, 14-25, 25-17, and 25-15. The men were also winners on Sunday, taking Canadore in three games.

The weekend games left the women Mountaineers at 4-1 while the Nipissing Lakers improved to 6-0. Sarah Borycki (Hamilton) led the Mountaineers on Saturday with six kills, one stuff block and two service aces for nine points. Teammates Leah Waxman (Port Dover), Stacy Dafoe (Paris) and Janette Jakubiec (Dundas), each had eight points.

The Lakers were led by the all-time leading OCAA scorer Megan Stacey (North Bay), who had 17 points including 14 kills.

Women’s head coach Brian McEnhill says the Mountaineers failed to execute their game plan which included tough serves and tough free balls.

“If you give this team free balls and easy serves they are going to get the ball to the centre and their middles are going to run them on you,” said McEnhill.

Jasmin Cull (Ancaster) didn’t have his best game in the eyes of head coach James Bradley, but he still scored 20 points, including 19 kills as the men won their second straight game on Saturday. Bradley gave credit to Nipissing for stealing several more kills by Cull, digging a lot of balls that people don’t normally touch.

Steve Pawelczyk erased any thought of a Laker comeback in the fourth game as he was serving when the Mountaineers won 12 consecutive points. Pawelczyk, the product of Barton Secondary School in Hamilton, had 16 offensive points including 10 kills, one block and five aces. Kevin Watson (Brampton) added 14 points with eight kills, four blocks and two aces.

The loss was the second in as many nights for Nipissing after three wins to start the season.

Sunday’s win against Canadore left Mohawk with a 3-0 record in the Central West Division, tied for first place with Nipissing. Mohawk has two games in hand.