Mohawk shows potential in volleyball tourney

MohawkMohawk was 1-2 on day one of the Adidas Cup Women’s Volleyball Tournament at Durham College in Oshawa Friday (Jan. 4).

The Mountaineers opened with a 25-7, 25-9 decision over Canadore. Mohawk coach Andrew Nicholson said Chi Chi Chuks Mady had a strong offensive showing with five kills and three service aces, while Michelle Zwier is settling into her new position of Libero and had 10 digs.

In their next match, the Mountaineers bowed 19-25, 20-25 to the host Durham Lords, the No. 2 team in the East Region. Captain Kristin VanHartingsveldt had five kills and three aces, while on defense, Julie Gagnon had nine digs.

“As a group we proved that we can compete with the best in the (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association), ” said Mohawk head coach Andrew Nicholson. “We were point-for-point with a very good Durham squad in both sets. We just had a couple of multiple point lapses that turned out to be our undoing”

In the third match of the day, Mohawk lost 12-25, 22-25 to Grande Prairie Alberta. Melissa DeHaan recorded seven kills, four aces and four stuff blocks for the Mountaineers. Setter Lynsay Collette had a strong match with 17 assists.

Grand Prairie entered the match undefeated and assured of first place in the pool. Mohawk was destined for third, regardless of the outcome, so Mountaineer bench players were given the start.

“The first set score illustrated those moves,” said Nicholson. “The second set we went back to our starters and were leading 20-17 but could not hold the lead, unfortunately. (But) I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our ladies competed. We played two extremely talented squads and were their equals for long stretches of both matches”

The Mountaineers will play arch rival Redeemer Saturday in the consolation bracket.