Mountaineers remember lessons from Humber loss

The Mohawk men’s volleyball team, which was swept in a mid-week clash at Humber, got back to winning ways with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-20 home victory over the St. Clair Saints in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play on Saturday (Jan. 24).

The win pushed the Mountaineers’ record to 10-2, while St. Clair slipped to 3-10.

Two Mohawk players had 18 offensive points. Gregory Mousseau (Hillfield-Strathallan) had 16 kills, one stuff block and one service ace. Steve Pawelczyk (Barton) contributed 11 kills, two blocks and five aces.

Mountaineers’ coach James Bradley said St. Clair’s record is not indicative of the Saints level of play and they have a lot of talented players.

Bradley said his team’s mental preparations for the match were better than those for the Humber tilt where the Hawks out scored Mohawk only 40-36, and really didn’t outplay his squad as much as the 3-0 result indicated. “We took (that match) for granted a little bit and didn’t respect our opponent as much as we should have.

“Losses can be good and bad and coming in here today our conversation was, let’s use it to our advantage as opposed to dwelling upon it. We tried to stay focused from set to set and learn from the mistakes we made against Humber and I thought they did a good job,” said Bradley.

The Mountaineers’ next match will be Saturday, Jan. 31 against Nipissing. The following day they play Canadore.