Mohawk men’s volleyball team needs will to win: coach

Sheridan spotted Mohawk a first set lead, then battled back for a five-set upset of the hometown Mountaineers in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball at Mohawk’s Fennell Gymnasium on Tuesday (Feb. 2).

The Bruins scored a 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 17-25, 15-9 triumph to improve their record to 4-8, while Mohawk slipped to 7-4. The Bruins jumped into an 8-1 lead in the deciding game and while the Mountaineers rallied, it was too little, too late. Former Mohawk player Cody Williams had a big game for Sheridan with 17 kills, two aces and one stuff block. Mitchell Sawatsky led the home side with 16 kills, one ace and one block. Cameron Henschel recorded six kills, one ace and eight blocks. Ian Cameron had 14 kills.

Mohawk head coach Matthew Schnarr said it was very frustrating as the teams get nearer to the end of the season.

“Sheridan just had more of a will to win tonight, said Schnarr. “Their goal was to come in and get a ‘W’ and it was the only thing that was acceptable.”

The coach felt his team was simply satisfied with playing volleyball, but the team really needs to find the will to win, or the season is going to get shorter. Schnarr said Mountaineers can bounce back.

“For sure. We have all the talent in the world. It’s just getting ourselves on the same page and looking at the ultimate goal, which is making it to the provincial championships and competing for a gold medal. We’re still in an okay spot, but that result today doesn’t really help us.”