Mountaineer volleyball teams collect playoff tickets

Mohawk College’s volleyball teams are headed to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association championships.

The Mountaineer men mounted a furious fourth set comeback on the way to a 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 25-19, 26-24) victory over the Trent Excalibur in crossover playoff action at the Fennell Gymnasium on Saturday (Feb. 20). Mohawk was led by Mo Sulaiman with 16 points (14 kills), Ian Cameron with 14 points (11 kills) and Cam Henschel (four kills, five stuff blocks) in the closely contested match.

The Mountaineers trailed 21-17 in the fourth set before roaring back, led by the inspired play of setter Zac Schulz.

Trent was led by Alex Gastel, who had 12 points (10 kills), and Joshua Neadow’s defense throughout.

The OCAA men’s volleyball championship will be played at Redeemer University College in Ancaster on the Feb. 25-27 weekend.

Meanwhile, the Mountaineer women also advanced to their OCAA championship, after a 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-13) decision over the Seneca Sting.

“It was the Jenn Knowles show,” said Mohawk head coach Sean Pellow. “They were not able to stop her. We played solid defense and served tough, which kept them off balance.”

Lauren Aquilina was also very strong for the home side. Mohawk will play Trent in the women’s quarter finals in Sudbury next Thursday.