Mountaineers drop two to Knights in volleyball

volleyballThe Niagara Knights made it five straight wins in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball, defeating the Mohawk Mountaineers 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, in Welland Sunday (Nov.10).

Marcin Jedrzejewski led the Mountaineers with 13 kills, one stuff block and 14 digs. Bryce Marcussen had 11 kills and three blocks.

“We played well despite four injuries to key players on our team,” said Mohawk head coach Matthew Schnarr. “We had a chance in every set to win after 18, but are struggling to find a finisher on our group. We need to keep pushing forward to keep healthy and continue to look for ‘Ws’ in the West Division.”

With the loss, the Mountaineers record dropped to 1-3.

The Mohawk women lost a five-setter to Niagara. The scores were 19-25, 25-19, 25-13, 17-25, 18-16 for the Knights.

Chi Chi Chuks-Mady had six kills, two service aces and 13 digs, while Kristin VanHartingsveldt had 13 digs, two stuff blocks and two aces for the Mountaineers, whose record evened up at 2-2, while Niagara improved to 3-2.

“Our inconsistent serving, serve receive and handling of free balls gave the match to Niagara,” said Mohawk head coach Andrew Nicholson. “They were playing with an injury riddled line-up and we pretty well gifted them the match, unfortunately. We’ll need to be much better on Friday against Fanshawe.”

Fanshawe Falcons visit Mohawk for a twin-bill Friday (Nov. 15) beginning at 6 p.m. with the women’s game.