Cull’s record-breaking efforts sparks Mountaineer volleyballers

Mohawk’s Jasmin Cull has shattered the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association single season record for service aces in men’s volleyball.

Cull, the powerful left side player, had nine aces in the Mountaineers 3-2 win over the St. Clair Saints at the Fennell Gym on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 19). Cull now has 45 aces, seven more than previous record holder Eric Talsma from Georgian College. The product of Ancaster High also upped his own record for career aces to 101.

Cull had 35 offensive points from 21 Kills, five stuff blocks and the nine aces in Mohawk’s 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 28-30, 15-9 marathon victory over the Saints. He even contributed eight digs.

Adam Schiedel had 16 kills, two blocks and three aces for the Mountaineers, who improved their record in the Central West Region to 7-0 while St. Clair fell to 2-7 in the West.

Despite the victory by his OCAA No. 1 ranked side, coach James Bradley was far from pleased. He felt his team kept shooting itself in the foot and he gave an example from the fourth set where seven times Mohawk had a two-point lead and kept giving it back. And there were other problems throughout the contest.

“We made 74 errors in a five-set match. It’s unacceptable. We made numerous passing and serving errors,” said Bradley. He acknowledged there is a lot of talent on the team, but it’s what you put on the floor, opposed to the won-lost record that matters.

“When you’re pushing for provincial championships and national championships, you have to play to your highest level and we’re not doing that yet, but we’re working on it.”

Meanwhile, the Mohawk women, also ranked No. 1 in the OCAA, downed St. Clair 3-0 to go to 8-0 in the Central West Region. The Saints are now 4-7 in the West.

The scores were 25-19, 26-24, 25-18. Even with the sweep, the Mountaineers had trouble with the visitors. Mohawk was leading the second set 23-13 and just barely pulled it out. Coach Brian McEnhill said when you’re the top team, everyone who plays you wants to knock you off the pedestal.

“You have to rise to the occasion every single time and when you don’t, you end up with games like that with very poor play and non-execution of game plan,” McEnhill said, adding that when you play the top teams, you’re going to struggle.

Mohawk’s dynamic duo of Janette Jakubiec and Leah Waxman led the attack for the home team. Jakubiec had eight kills, four stuff blocks and three aces for 15 offensive points. Waxman had 12 kills and two blocks for 14 points. Adrianne Kolich came up with 17s digs.