Mountaineers caught napping in women’s volleyball

The Humber Hawks spotted Mohawk Mountaineers a 2-0 lead in games, before roaring back for a 3-2 victory in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s volleyball at the Fennell Gymnasium on Wednesday (Jan. 20).

Things looked pretty good for the Mountaineers early, before falling 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 11-25, 10-15. Jenna Gignac led Mohawk with 17 kills and one stuff block. Jenn Knowles had 13 kills, one service ace and three blocks. Leah Waxman had an incredible game on defense, with 31 digs.

Landis Doyle led Humber with 18 offensive points.

Mountaineers’ coach Sean Pellow said his team seems to have the tendency to play hard for the first two sets and if they are leading that’s when the problem starts.

“When they get up 2-0, then they sit back and don’t work quite as hard in the next one,” said Pellow. “Against a team like Humber, you can’t do that. You can’t give them any momentum. So it ended up costing us.”

The coach admitted he could see the match slipping away midway through the third set when the Hawks pulled ahead by three or four points and Mohawk was making some unforced errors. He agreed the team may be lacking the killer instinct and some leadership when times are tough, but on a positive note, Pellow said his side proved it can play with the Hawks.

With the victory, Humber improved to 11-1 atop the West Region standings, two points ahead of idle Nipissing (10-1). Mohawk (8-4) dropped into fourth place tie with Fanshawe (8-5) , two points behind Niagara (9-4). Niagara downed Redeemer 3-2, while Fanshawe topped St. Clair 3-1, also on Wednesday.

All proceeds from both the men’s and women’s matches will be donated to relief efforts in Haiti. The Mohawk Students’ Association, which initiated the ‘HOPE FOR HAITI’ campaign, will match 200% of money collected by the Mohawk Student’s Athletic Committee and the College Athletic Department.

The funds will be directed to the Red Cross.