Mohawk uses tourney consolation win for volleyball tune-up

Mohawk finished third in its pool, then scored a consolation victory at the 21st Killer Instinct Cup Invitational Women’s Volleyball Tournament at Durham College in Oshawa over the weekend (Jan. 9-10). The Humber Hawks won the title in the prestigious 12-team event.

The Mountaineers, ranked third in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, finished pool play with a 5-5 record. They started with a 31-29, 28-26 verdict over the Georgian College Grizzlies of Barrie, dropped two straight (15-25, 16-25) to the Lionel-Groulx Nordiques of Ste-Thérèse, Que., then split decisions with the undefeated and top-ranked Humber Hawks, losing the first set 19-25 before bouncing back 25-22 to wrap up Friday’s play.

Saturday morning Mohawk divided two games with Seneca, beating the Sting 25-23, before losing 16-25. They followed up with a split against the Sheridan Bruins winning 25-20 but losing 23-25.

The Mountaineers completed their play with a 25-12, 23-25, 15-12 decision over the St. Clair Saints in a best-of-three consolation tilt.

Humber downed Lionel-Groulx 25-12, 22-25, 15-13 in the championship match. For the Hawks, it was their fourth Killer Instinct Cup title in nine years.

The Mountaineers, who are 8-3 in the OCAA West Region, resume league play Thursday (Jan. 15) when London’s Fanshawe Falcons visit the Fennell Gymnasium at 6 pm.