The Mohawk Mountaineers have knocked the Humber Hawks off their undefeated perch in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball. Mohawk rallied from a very shaky start for a 20-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-23 triumph which upped their record to 4-1 and dropped Humber to 6-1.
The Mountaineers trailed 11-3 in the first game when coach James Bradley called a rather vocal time out and while they didn’t win the set, they went toe-to-toe with the high flying Hawks and were rewarded in the end. While it seemed like Bradley was reading the riot act to his charges, he said it’s often more a case of trying to get his own energy into his players.
“That’s my style of coaching,” said Bradley after Wednesday’s match at the Fennell Gym on Wednesday (Nov. 26). “Trying to instill my passion and sometimes my fury into the way they play and sometimes they take that upon themselves and sometimes it makes a difference.”
The last two games were tremendous battles. Except for a 5-2 Humber lead in the fourth set, neither team led by more than two points in the final two games. Mohawk’s Steve Pawelczyk (Barton) had a tremendous match with 25 offensive points, including 20 kills, four stuff blocks and one service ace. Cody Forrest (Port Dover) had eight kills, one block and two aces, and Ian Cameron (Westdale) contributed four kills and five blocks.
Meanwhile, the Humber Hawks remained unbeaten in OCAA women’s volleyball. The Hawks improved to 8-0 sweeping the Mountaineers 25-18, 27-25, 25-13 at the Fennell Gym on Wednesday.
Rachel VanHartingsveldt led Mohawk with eight kills and two stuff blocks. Leah Waxman (Port Dover) had five kills and three aces and Stacy Dafoe (Paris District) recorded five kills and one block.
It was a very disappointed Mountaineer coach Brian McEnhill, who noted his team couldn’t get any momentum because of poor serving and serve reception. Mohawk was flat right from the start, falling behind 7-0 in game one, and basically trailing all match. The lone exception came in the second set when the Mountaineers rallied from a 23-18 deficit to get to a set point, just to drop the last three points.
McEnhill said just because (Humber) is number one doesn’t mean you don’t challenge them. You have to step up to the plate and take a swing, he noted.
Mohawk had its record slip to 5-2.