Mountaineers stopped at Brock pre-season volleyball tourney


The Mohawk women’s volleyball team played three matches Saturday (Sep. 24) in the invitational tournament at Brock University in St. Catharines.
 
The Mountaineers lost to the host Badgers in the day’s opener, 20-25, 9-25, 4-25. Mohawk coach Andrew Nicholson said the team got strong play from setter Julie Gagnon and Megan Bros throughout the contest. But inconsistent passing and shoddy positional defense were the side’s downfall after a very solid first set.
 
Mohawk then played another university squad and the Windsor Lancers managed a sweep, but the Mountaineers were much more competitive in the 19-25, 23-25, 15-25  match.
 
“Excellent net play kept us in this match,” said Nicholson. “We were led by Ashley Hagen and Chi Chi Chuks Mady at the net and some huge kills from Jenna Gignac at crucial times throughout the match. The second set was a see-saw battle that came  down to a communication mistake at 23’s which took Windsor to victory.”
 
Mohawk’s final test of the day was their first against a fellow OCAA team in the tourney. They bowed 18-25, 8-25, 26-24 to the Humber Hawks.
 
Coach Nicholson says it was the closest match of the day and could have gone either way, even though set two had a lopsided score. “We were led once again by Jenna Gignac on offense, but it was the strong decision making of Julie Gagnon at setter that kept Humber off balance in sets one and three. We mixed up our line-up inserting Kristin VanHartingsveldt as our libero and Mackenzie Lawrence at right side hitter which shored up our defense and confused Humber on the attack.”
 
The coach said it was Mohawk’s best day as a team on court. The goal was to improve on defense and he said the Mountaineers  grew in leaps and bounds in that area, as the day progressed.
 
The tourney concludes Sunday.