Mountaineers tame Bruins in college men’s, women’s volleyball

After spotting the Sheridan Bruins a one game lead, the Mohawk women’s volleyball team bounced back for a 3-1 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association victory at the Fennell Gym on Thursday (Nov.22). The scores were 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18.

Mountaineers’ coach Brian McEnhill was a bit miffed with the slow start after a good week of practice. He said the players didn’t adapt to the speed (of the match) so he made an adjustment at the setter position and it worked.

Scoring was shared by several Mohawk players. Leah Waxman (Port Dover Composite School) led the way with 25 points, which included 19 kills, four stuff blocks and two service aces. Stacy Dafoe (Paris District High School) had 13 kills and two aces for 15 points. Rachel VanHartingsveldt ( Durham Christian High School) collected 13 points from nine kills, one block and three aces. Janette Jakubiec (Hamilton’s St. Mary’s High School) also had 13 points, with eight kills, and five blocks. Adrienne Kolich (Hamilton’s St. Thomas More High School) contributed 15 digs.

The victory upped Mohawk’s won-lost record to 3-0 in the Central West Region, while Sheridan slipped to 1-4. The Mountaineers head to North Bay this weekend. They visit Canadore College on Saturday (Nov.24) then move over to Nipissing University on Sunday.

The men improved their OCAA Central West Region volleyball mark to 2-0 and sent the Sheridan Bruins to their fifth defeat in a row, sweeping the visitors from Oakville 25-19, 25-17, 25-9.

Jasmin Cull (Ancaster High School) led the Mountaineers with 17 points, from 10 kills, and seven service aces. Adam Schiedel (Kitchener’s Rockway Mennonite Collegiate) had 11 kills, one stuff block and two aces for 14 points. Steve Pawelczyk (Hamilton’s Barton Secondary School) also had 14 points, thanks to eight kills, three blocks and three aces. Sean Lowe (Hamilton’s Westdale Secondary School) chipped in with eight digs.

Despite the straight sets win, Mohawk coach James Bradley said the team wasn’t very solid in the first game, making several errors, particularly on serves.

“We’re really trying to change the way we’re playing. We’re trying to play error-free, and the third set was indicative of us playing error-free and you can really notice the difference (when we play that way).”

The Mountaineers travel to North Bay for action against Canadore College on Saturday (Nov. 24) and Nipissing University on Sunday. Bradley said it’s always a tough road trip and he notes the only two losses Mohawk has suffered in league play since 2002 have come at Nipissing.