Mohawk looks to climb volleyball ladder against Fanshawe

TORONTO – Mohawk finds itself very near the middle of the pack of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s volleyball rankings after Week One.

The Mountaineers are slotted sixth in the 10-team rankings. Mohawk (0-1) had a set back in its home opener, losing 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 28-26) to No. 9 St. Clair on Saturday (Nov.5).

Jenna Gignac led Mohawk with nine points and seven kills. She also contributed one serving ace and one stuff block in the loss.

Mohawk visits No. 4 Fanshawe on Friday (Nov.11).

And even in the early goings, a familiar team finds itself on top of the weekly provincial rankings. The Humber Hawks have grabbed the No. 1 position. The four-time defending OCAA champion Hawks (2-0) jumped out to a pair of 3-1 victories at home to begin their season.

Humber defeated No. 5 Niagara (25-15, 22-25, 25-10, 25-5) and No. 4 Fanshawe (25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-13).

Kris Dowling and Kelly Nyhof each had 10-kill performances against Niagara. Nyhof led the way with 15 kills, four serving aces and a pair of stuff blocks for 21 points against Fanshawe.

Humber hosts Canadore and arch rival No. 2 Nipissing in matches this weekend.

2. Nipissing Lakers

The four-time defending OCAA silver medalist Nipissing Lakers (2-0) are also in a familiar spot with straight-set victories over Conestoga (25-18, 25-15, 25-6) on Saturday and No. 10 Sheridan (25-15, 25-16, 25-13) on Sunday.

Lucia Demarco led Nipissing with a 10-point effort against Conestoga, contributing eight kills, one serving ace and one stuff block. Teammate Brittany Ardron earned nine kills against Sheridan to go with her two aces and one block for a dozen points.

Nipissing hits the road for the first time this regular season with stops at No. 9 St. Clair on Friday and No. 1 Humber on Sunday.

3. Cambrian Golden Shield

The defending East region champion Cambrian Golden Shield (2-0) have picked up where they left off last season, winning two straight on the road.

Cambrian defeated No. 8 Seneca 3-1 (29-27, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16) on Friday. Cambrian’s Kelsey Fielding was a force to be reckoned with a 26-point effort, including 20 kills, five serving aces and one stuff block.

Cambrian outlasted No. 7 Georgian 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12) on Saturday. Again, Fielding put on an impressive performance with 24 kills and three serving aces totalling 27 points.

Cambrian hosts its first home games of the regular season this weekend against Algonquin and La Cite.

4. Fanshawe Falcons

The defending OCAA bronze medalist Fanshawe Falcons (1-1) opened the regular season with a 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-8) victory at Redeemer on Thursday, followed by its loss to No. 1 Humber.

Kaitlyn Kelly led the Falcons with nine kills and two serving aces totalling 11 offensive points. Kelly and Shelby Charlton each had seven kills in the loss at Humber.

Fanshawe finishes its stretch of three straight road games at No. 10 Sheridan on Wednesday (Nov. 9) followed by its home opener against No. 6 Mohawk two days later.

5. Niagara Knights

The Niagara Knights (0-1) had a tough assignment in their opening match against Humber. Lindsay Murray earned 10 offensive points in the loss with eight kills and two serving aces.

Niagara looks to get into the win column on Wednesday in its home opener against Redeemer.

7. Georgian Grizzlies

The Georgian Grizzlies (2-1) have been strong out of the gate, with their only blemish coming in a five-set loss to Cambrian at home on Saturday.

Georgian won at Durham 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-18) on Tuesday, and defeated Boreal 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-10) on Sunday.

Kelsey Buckley produced a dozen offensive points against Durham with 10 kills, one serving ace and one stuff block. Teammate Bailee Yasher led the Grizzlies with 15 points in their loss to Cambrian, with 11 kills, three serving aces and one stuff block. Yasher also contributed seven kills and one ace against Boreal.

Georgian visits Peterborough, Ont. this weekend with games at Fleming and Trent.

8. Seneca Sting

Seneca (1-1) lost to No. 3 Cambrian in its season opener on Friday, but won 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-17) against Boreal on Saturday.

Seneca’s Guilia DiGiorgio earned a dozen offensive points in a losing cause, with five kills and five serving aces versus Cambrian. Kimberly Cedros led the Sting with 10 offensive points against Boreal, including eight kills and two serving aces.

Seneca heads out to Peterborough this weekend with games at Trent and Fleming.

9. St. Clair Saints

The St. Clair Saints (1-0) had a positive start to their regular season with a 3-0 win at No. 6 Mohawk on Saturday.

Alee Brecka and Kate Zawyrucha both contributed 10 kills each in the victory.

St. Clair hosts No. 2 Nipissing and Canadore this weekend.

10. Sheridan Bruins

The Sheridan Bruins (1-1) split their trip to North Bay, Ont., defeating Canadore 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18) on Saturday before falling to No. 2 Nipissing in straight sets on Sunday.

Melissa Cappelletti led Sheridan with a 25-point effort against Canadore with 13 kills, nine serving aces and three stuff blocks. Cappelletti produced five kills and two aces for seven points against Nipissing.

Sheridan hosts No. 4 Fanshawe in its home opener on Wednesday before visiting Redeemer on Friday.