Redeemer leaps ahead of Mohawk

Mohawk Mountaineers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Redeemer Royals in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Region women’s volleyball at the Fennell Gym on Wednesday (Nov. 30).

The set scores were 20-25, 27-25, 16-25, 14-25.

Kristin VanHartingsveldt paced the Mountaineers offensively with seven kills, two service aces and one stuff block. Mackenzie Lawrence had seven kills and Kristie Crnic led the defensive stats with 16 digs for Mohawk, which saw its record fall to 2-5.

For the Royals, who improved to 3-5, Erika Straatsma scored 19 kills, three aces, two blocks and 15 digs. April Passchier collected six kills, six aces and 13 digs while Curtiss Straatsma had 11 kills, one ace and 11 digs.

Redeemer sits in seventh place while Mohawk has the eighth spot in the 10-team division.

Mohawk head coach Andrew Nicholson said Redeemer had a tough match with Conestoga on their last time out, and they were really fired up about changing their luck against their Hamilton rivals.

“They didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” said Nicholson. “They utilized the ‘tip’ to their advantage and had actually been practicing that.”

As far as his team was concerned, Nicholson said in the second set, the only one his team won, they were serving more consistently than in the latter stages of the match where they weren’t serving where he wanted them to, and that hurt. It helped Redeemer run the attack to its advantage. There were also back court errors as the match progressed.

“We wanted to play from the back but we put a lot of balls into the net and that changed momentum. We were not forcing (Redeemer) into errors, which gave them the points.”

Despite the defeat, Nicholson had no complaints about his team’s effort.