Team effort saves the day for Mohawk

After seeing a five match win streak stopped over the weekend, the Mohawk men’s volleyball team got back into the win column on Wednesday (Feb. 9). But it was far from easy.

After squandering a 2-0 lead in sets, the Mountaineers managed to pull out a dramatic 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12 victory over arch rival Redeemer Royals at the Fennell Gymnasium.

Cam Henschel led Mohawk with seven kills, five service aces and four stuff blocks for 16 offensive points. Three Mountaineers each recorded 13 points in what head coach Matt Schnarr called a real team effort. Mo Sulaiman produced 12 kills and one ace, Allan McGrath had 11 kills, one ace and one block. He also had 21 of Mohawk’s 70 digs in the match.

Mountaineers’ ace Right Side Justin Scapinello added 11 kills and two blocks. But he then had to leave the game because of an injury early in the fourth set and did not return. Schnarr said it proved the team can win with what it puts on the floor.

“We started strong but gave Redeemer some breathing room,” said Schnarr. “Redeemer is known for not giving up, but we finished strong.”

With the victory the Mountaineers moved into fourth place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Region with an 11-6 record and two points ahead of Nipissing. Redeemer saw its mark slip to 6-9.

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