Women Mountaineers gain experience at v-ball tourney

Even with a very youthful roster, the Mohawk women’s volleyball team acquitted itself very well on day one of the 10th Annual Overkill Fanshawe College Kick-Off Tournament in London on Saturday (Sept. 29).

The upstart Mountaineers were 1-2. Their victory came in the opening match with Seneca by scores of 25-23, 20-25, 15-13.

Rookies Chantal Baker, with six kills and 11 defensive digs, and Melissa DeHaan, with four kills and two service aces, led the Mohawk attack. Third year Libero Mel Patenaude contributed 22 digs.

In their next match, the Mountaineers bowed to Georgian, 21-25, 25-19, 4-15. Mohawk head coach Andrew Nicholson said despite the defeat, it was another strong showing by his rookie laden squad. Charlotte Huitema led the newcomers with five digs and two aces. Veteran Julie Gagnon had four kills and eight digs.

In the day’s finale, coach Nicholson described a tired and intimidated young Mohawk team “being taught a lesson” by the best team in the East last season, Cambrian, dropping a 17-25, 12-25 decision. Rookie setter Lynsay Collette impressed with four digs. Gagnon also had four digs, plus two aces.