The two-time defending champion Humber Hawks staged a big comeback to defeat the Mohawk Mountaineers on Friday (Feb. 24) in semi-final play at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Men’s Volleyball Championships at Nipissing University in North Bay.
It took Humber five sets (22-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-6) in a come-from-behind victory that gave the defending OCAA champions another berth in the gold medal game on Saturday.
The match featured many unforced errors by each team. The first set was very close and often a single point separated each team.
Mohawk fell behind 6-1 in the fifth and deciding set and couldn’t recover.
Humber’s OCAA Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year and All Canadian, Terrel Bramwell (Mississauga), was a one-man wrecking crew. The Hawks’ Right Side Hitter was their player of the match as he broke two OCAA records, with 48 kills and 52 total offensive points. He also contributed two stuff blocks. Teammate and setter Andre Brown (Mississauga) added nine kills and one block.
Right Side Justin Scapinello (London) scored 16 kills, one service ace and two stuff blocks for 19 points for the Mountaineers. He also had 17 digs. Phil Youngblut (London) contributed nine kills, one ace and two blocks.
Mohawk’s Player of the Match honour went to second- year setter Mark Kaveckas (Barrie).
Humber will play for the gold medal Saturday against the host Nipissing Lakers who defeated the Algonquin Thunder in straight games in their semi.
Mohawk will have a chance to play for a berth in the Bronze Medal match if they win against the Durham Lords in an early game Saturday. Mohawk won bronze last year.
Durham swept Sheridan 3-0 to advance to play the Mountaineers.