Mohawk rookie shines in volleyball pre-season match

volleyballMohawk’s volleyball teams split two pre-season results at Seneca on Tuesday (Sept. 24). The Mountaineer men scored a straight sets victory over the Sting, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15. The Mohawk women dropped a five-setter to Seneca, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17, 17-25, 8-15.

In the men’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association exhibition game, Bryce Marcussen (Strathroy District High School) had five kills and four stuff blocks. Libero Cody Hansen (Paris District High School) scored a 3.2 on passes and according to head coach Matthew Schnarr, controlled the back court very well.

“It was a good start to the season for the team,” said Schnarr. “We have a new lineup and got to play everyone. We’re making changes to our offence this year. We need to clean up our serves as we missed 16. We also have to work on our defensive positioning.”

Next action for the men’s volleyball team is the Fanshawe tournament in London on Oct. 5-6.

In the women’s contest, the defensive player of the match for Mohawk was rookie Libero Emily McDade (Burlington Nelson), who was playing her first volleyball match in four years.

Mountaineers’ head coach Andrew Nicholson said McDade’s consistently strong passing and reading of the game allowed Mohawk to run a spirited transition offence. Rookie Setter Corrine McGraph had a stellar game according to the coach, as she mixed up the point of attack very well and got all hitters involved.

“We were very pleased with our result,” said Nicholson, “because we only brought half of the 2013 squad (eight players) and we competed point for point with Seneca who utilized 16 players. I was extremely pleased with our four rookies – McDade, Jessica Burdett (Hamilton MacNab), Raman Gill (Burlington M.M. Robinson HS and Niagara College) and Corrine McGraph (Jacob Hespeler HS, Cambridge). Each of them competed well in their respective specialties and complimented the strong play of the four vets in the line-up”.

The Mountaineers visit Fanshawe Wednesday (Sep. 25) and will play the other half of their roster. They then have a controlled scrimmage with Redeemer on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.