Mohawk’s northern trip produces 3 volleyball wins

MohawkMake it three straight wins for the Mohawk men’s volleyball team following a pair of weekend victories in Sudbury. The Mountaineers headed north with a 2-3 record in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play but returned home 4-3.

Friday (Nov. 22) Mohawk swept the Boreal Vipers, 25-13, 25-8, 25-10. Eric Danecke had 10 kills, seven stuff blocks and one service ace. Steven Falk contributed nine kills and one block, while John Zimmerman had three kills and four blocks.

Saturday, the Mountaineers rallied to top the Cambrian Golden Shield in four sets, 16-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-16. Danecke had six kills, six blocks and two aces. Marcin Jedrzejewski had 13 kills and 17 digs and Brad Regier produced 11 kills, one block and one ace.

The Mountaineers host Conestoga at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 29) at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.

In women’s play, the Mountaineers split their weekend matches. They defeated Boreal 25-10, 21-25, 25-9, 25-13. Lynsay Collette produced 36 offensive assists, four aces, and four digs. Rookie Middles had a fine match with Jess Burdett’s 11 kills, two aces and seven blocks, while Natalie Przerwa contributed five kills, three blocks and one ace.

“Tonight our goal was to engage our Middles more in our attack and Lynsay certainly did that for us,” said Mohawk head coach Andrew Nicholson. “When your two Middles get a combined 16 kills, that is a real testament to your passing and especially your setter.”

The following day saw a heartbreaking five set loss to Cambrian, 16-25, 24-26, 25-12, 25-22, 12-15. Kristin VanHartingsveldt had seven kills, four aces, one stuff block and 14 digs. Emily McDade had 29 digs and one assist.

“This was a terrific effort against an exceptional defensive team,” said coach Nicholson. “Unfortunately, in the fifth set we played not to lose, instead of playing to win. Give Cambrian a lot of credit; they are an undersized team that just hustled their butts off!”

The Mountaineers, 3-4, entertain Conestoga at the Braley centre on Friday (Nov. 29) at 6 p.m.