Mountaineers start strong at volleyball tourney

volleyballThe Mohawk Mountaineers won their first two matches in the Fred Wannamaker Invitational Women’s Volleyball Tournament at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar Campus in Oakville on Friday (Oct. 18).

In a real see-saw opener, the Mountaineers nipped the George Brown Huskies of Toronto, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13.

Emily McDade was Mohawk’s defensive player of the game while Corinne McGrath took the offensive honours.

“This was a case of familiarity breeds contempt,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Andrew Nicholson. “We have now played George Brown three times in the preseason and they knew us too well. They played extremely well but we dug down at the end.”

The second match with Loyalist Lancers of Belleville, saw Mohawk rally from two sets down to win in five. The scores were 23-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-17, 15-12.

The top offensive player for the Mountaineers was Charlotte Huitema, while Kristin VanHartingsveldt got the nod on defence.

“Loyalist played fantastic defence against us and were full measure for their two-set lead early,” said coach Nicholson. “We made some line-up adjustments in set three and that allowed our offence to get rolling. We’ll take the two wins today and move on.”

The opposition will be familiar Saturday, as Mohawk meets the Redeemer Royals of Ancaster at 11 a.m.