Mohawk women lose ground on second place chase

After a sluggish start, the visiting Nipissing Lakers of North Bay came back to down the Mohawk Mountaineers 11-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s volleyball at Mohawk College on Friday (Jan. 28)

The Mountaineers had a terrific opening set, both offensively and defensively, but despite hanging with the Lakers for good portions of the second and fourth games, they could not take command.

“We stopped playing with energy in the second set,” said Mohawk coach Sean Pellow. “We gave up a couple of points and had a couple of calls (go against us).”

Pellow said his team went into the match knowing if they won they’d have a legitimate chance at finishing second in the West Region. They’ll need a lot of help for that to happen now. Nipissing, currently in second place, has an impressive 15-1 record, while Mohawk dropped to 11-4.

Jennifer Knowles led the Mountaineers with 10 kills, four service aces and two stuff blocks. Her twin sister, Jessica, had 10 kills and one block.

Mohawk goes right back on the floor Saturday (Jan. 29) against the other North Bay team, the Canadore Panthers.

“We’ll have no problem getting up for Canadore,” said Pellow. “We talk more about the process than the outcome. We never want to lose, but (the idea is) to progress to where we want to be at the end of the year.”

Saturday afternoon’s match with the Panthers starts at noon at the Fennell Gymnasium.