The Mohawk women won their opening match at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Volleyball Championships, but the men’s team went down to defeat.
At Cambrian College in Sudbury on Thursday (Feb. 25), the women swept Trent University of Peterborough 25-21, 25-15, 25-15. Jenna Gignac led the Mountaineers with eight kills and two aces, while Leah Waxman had five kills and three aces.
In other action, Nipissing took three straight games from Sheridan, Humber swept host Cambrian and Fanshawe topped Durham 3-1.
Friday sees Durham against Sheridan and Cambrian versus Trent as those teams try to keep their bronze medal hopes alive in the double elimination event on Friday. The semi finals see Fanshawe against Nipissing and Mohawk versus Humber. The championship wraps up Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mohawk’s Jennifer Knowles, who was the West Region scoring champion with 3.72 points per game in the regular season, has been named a CCAA All-Canadian. She is also an OCAA West Region First All-Star, while teammates Jenna Gignac and Rachel VanHartingsveldt were selected to the second team.
At Redeemer University College, the Mohawk men were swept 25-15, 25-20, 27-25 by Seneca. Ian Cameron led Mohawk with five kills, one ace and three blocks.
Mo Sulaiman had seven kills, one ace and one block.
In other action, host Redeemer swept Fanshawe 3-0, Durham downed Nipissing 3-1 and it was Humber over Algonquin 3-0. Friday, Fanshawe meets Mohawk and Algonquin faces Nipissing. Then the semi finals get under way, with Redeemer versus Seneca and Durham against Humber.
Saturday sees the bronze medal match at 3 p.m. and the gold medal battle at 5 p.m.
Meantime, Mohawk’s Ian Cameron and Mitchell Sawatsky have both been named to the OCAA West Region Second All-Star Team.