The Mohawk men’s volleyball team won the gold medal in the 9th annual Overkill College Kickoff Tournament at Fanshawe College in London on October 1-2.
The Mountaineers did not lose a set all weekend. They defeated the Fanshawe Alumni 25-23, 25-17. They then beat Georgian 25-17, 25-16 and Cambrian 25-19, 25-18. In the semi finals Mohawk again downed Georgian, 25-18, 25-21. They then took the championship match 25-17, 25-20 over host Fanshawe.
Mohawk’s Justin Scapinello was named the tournament MVP and Ian Cameron and Ryan dela Rosa were selected to the All-Star Team.
Mountaineers’ head coach Matt Schnarr says it was a great team effort and 10 of his 15 players saw three sets or more of action.
“Our depth showed this weekend that no matter who we put on the floor can execute without our team missing a beat”, said Schnarr. “On the outside of the court we have a great collection of attackers and couldn’t be stopped. As we speed up our offense, our setters Zac Schulz and Mark Kaveckas continue to develop. We need to work the middle of the court a bit more but in the finals we were very solid. A great start to the year but a lot of work is still needed.”
Meanwhile the Mohawk women wound up fifth in their pool. Seneca beat the Mountaineers 27-25, 26-24 in their opener. Georgian needed three sets to top Mohawk 25-20, 22-25, 15-9, then the Mountaineers scored a 25-21, 25-23 decision over Cambrian. In playoff action Sunday, Cambrian downed Mohawk 25-19, 25-23 and St. Clair took three sets to beat Mountaineers 25-21, 16-25, 15-11, to complete play for the Mohawk women.
Fanshawe won the women’s gold medal, rallying to top Cambrian, 24-26, 25-17, 15-13 in the final.