The Mohawk men’s volleyball team suffered only its second loss of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season, but it was a big one, as Humber invaded the Fennell Gymnasium on Wednesday (Jan. 20) and scored a 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 decision over the hometown Mountaineers.
Both teams are now 7-2, tied for second place in the West Region behind Redeemer.
Chris Davidson had nine kills, one service ace and one stuff block to lead Mohawk. He also contributed five digs. Mitchell Sawatsky had six kills and two blocks. Terrel Branwell’s 19 offensive points paced Humber.
Mohawk head coach Matt Schnarr agreed it was a missed opportunity for his squad.
“We had a great training session last night (Tuesday) and thought we had good energy coming into this game,” said Schnarr. “We were a little excited at the beginning and a couple of bad runs in the first set just took the momentum out of us and I could see our guys struggling to find some rhythm tonight.”
Home has not been kind for the Mountaineers this season. Both losses have been at the Fennell Gym. With several home games to come, Schnarr said Mohawk is going to have to learn how to play on their own floor.
“We wanted to make sure we had the tie-breaker with Humber on our side, but we aren’t going to have that now, so we have to win some matches and hope they fumble somewhere along the way.”
Mohawk will have another tough home match Tuesday (Jan. 26) when front-running Redeemer makes the short trip across the Mountain from Ancaster.