Quarter-final effort a ‘surprise’ for Mountaineers

Mohawk’s young team reached the quarter finals of the Fred Wannamaker Invitational Women’s Volleyball Tournament in Oakville before bowing to Nipissing University, 21-25, 11-25, on Saturday (Oct. 13).

Playing her first match of the season after illness, Mohawk’s offensive star was Jess Fredriks. The defense was anchored by Mel Patenaude and Julie Gagnon was forced into the setter role when starter Linsay Collette went down early in the second set with a back injury.

Earlier Mohawk results in the tourney at Sheridan College saw Mohawk lose to Trent, 18-25, 22-25, with Kristin VanHartingsveldt the offensive star and Libero Mel Patenaude, the defensive star; Mohawk beat Cambrian, 15-25, 25-16, 15-13, with Melissa DeHaan the offensive star and Gagnon the defensive star; Mohawk lost to Redeemer, 17-25, 25-19, 6-15, with Collette taking offensive honours and Chantal Baker, the defensive standout; and Mohawk beat Sheridan, 26-24, 25-15, with the offensive star going to Gagnon and the defensive honour awarded to Patenaude

The Mountaineers finished round robin play third in their pool. Mohawk head coach Andrew Nicholson said a great amount of confidence was gained Friday night when the Mountaineers upset powerhouse Cambrian.

“The carry-over was not evident against Redeemer on Saturday morning but returned fully in a dominant second set against Sheridan,” said Nicholson. “We needed to win both sets against Sheridan in the final round robin match to eliminate both Cambrian and Sheridan to book our place in the play-offs.

“Overall the tournament was a terrific experience for our young squad. We had set a goal of making the play-offs at the upcoming Niagara tournament so this quarterfinal berth was a nice surprise.”