Mountaineers continue climb in OCAA volleyball

Mohawk College remained undefeated in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association league play in both men’s and women’s volleyball after defeating Fanshawe on Wednesday (Nov. 11) in London.

The women ran their record to 5-0, but it was not easy defeating the Falcons in five sets, 14-25, 25-23, 25-12, 26-28, 15-9.

Jenna Gignac led the Mountaineers’ offence with 23 kills and contributed on defence with 10 digs. Jenn Knowles had 20 kills and 19 digs. Leah Waxman turned in her usual strong effort on defence with 23 digs.

Fanshawe’s record slipped to 4-3.

Mohawk head coach Sean Pellow praised veteran Kelly Crnic, who had three kills and one service ace. “Kelly ran an outstanding offence considering we did not pass the ball (in the system) very well,” said Pellow. “As a team effort, we did not play as well as we can. They may have underestimated Fanshawe. I’m hoping they don’t make that mistake again anytime soon.”

Meanwhile, like the women, the men dropped their opening game, but rallied to defeat Fanshawe in four sets, 15-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-21. The Mountaineers improved to 3-0, while the Falcons dropped to 4-2.
Ian Cameron paced Mohawk with 16 kills and 20 offensive points. Mitchell Sawatsky had 14 points. Ryan DelaRosa contributed 16 digs.

“We got off to a very slow start,” said Mohawk co-head coach Matt Schnarr. “But with the leadership of Ian Cameron and Ryan DelaRosa we were able to pull through and win the match. Ian’s leadership and offence put this team on his back.

“A first year player, Ryan led the team defensively, passing the ball extremely well. It was a big win for us but there is still much work to do.”

Both volleyball squads get back into action Friday and Saturday (Nov. 13-14), at an invitational tourney at Humber College.