Unfortunately, there had to be a loser.
The Mohawk Mountaineers and the Humber Hawks played a classic Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball match at the Fennell Gymnasium on Friday (Nov. 30) with the visitors from Etobicoke pulling out a five-set thriller. Humber won the first game 25-20, lost the second 25-21, won the third 25-19 and lost the fourth 25-20.
That set up the decisive fifth game and with the score 10-5 Humber, it looked like the Hawks would simply soar to victory. But the Mountaineers had different ideas and stormed back valiantly to tie the score, 14-14.
But a Mohawk service error, then another point by Humber gave the visitors a 16-14 decision and the match.
Mo Sulaiman led the Mountaineers with 11 kills and two stuff blocks. Trevor McLaughlin had 15 kills and one block, while Marcin Jedrzejewski fashioned nine kills, two service aces and one block. Matthew Isaacs had 16 kills, one ace and three blocks for Humber.
Both teams are now 5-3 in the West Region. Mohawk has a two-game losing streak.
It was no contest in the women’s match as Humber showed its experience in a three-set sweep of the youthful Mohawk side, 25-8, 25-19, 25-10.
It was the eighth consecutive victory for the undefeated Hawks, while the Mountaineers fell to 4-4. Middle Kelly Nyhof, who is a member of Volleyball Canada’s National Team, led Humber with six kills, four service aces and three stuff blocks.
For Mohawk, Kristin VanHartingsveldt had three kills and three blocks. Chantal Baker had one kill, two aces and one block, while Charlotte Huitema contributed four kills. On defense, Libero Melanie Patenaude recorded eight digs.