Mohawk College got an early start to preparations for the men’s varsity volleyball season when hopefuls displayed their talents in a summer training camp at the Fennell Gymnasium over the weekend (June 27-28).
Under the watchful eyes of Mountaineers’ assistant coach Matt Schnarr, prospects included two players already committed to play this fall – Andrew Ross from South Secondary School in London and Mitch Sawatsky of St. Catharines and Eden High School.
Ross, who plays both left side and libero, has a very physical build. “He’s got a strong core, said Schnarr. “He’s also got great ball control, a good demeanour and comes to Mohawk from a good club programme.”
His Forest City Volleyball Club finished third in the national championship. Ross is aware of the success the Mountaineers had the past two seasons, winning Ontario Colleges Athletic Association gold and bronze medals and a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association bronze. “They were a good team the last two years,” said Ross, “and I decided to come here, instead of university, to take the Architectural Technology programme.”
Sawatsky, a left side player who will enroll in the Police Foundations course at Mohawk’s Brantford campus, was a high school team mate of Mountaineer Zac Schulz. “I came to practice during the Christmas break and saw the players had a really good attitude,” said Sawatsky. “I like Mitch’s size”, said Schnarr. “He’s fit and very strong in the attack. He’s also dynamic off the service line and should do well in our programme.”
The Mohawk training camp was well attended and included two veterans looking to return for another season, Chris Davidson and Cameron Henschel.