Mohawk finishes on a high at Durham Volleyball

MohawkThe Mohawk women’s volleyball team finished 4-6 overall in their pool and that was not good enough to advance to the playoffs at the Durham Classic in Oshawa on Saturday (Jan. 4).

After two draws and a loss on opening day Friday, the Mountaineers started Saturday with a 12-25, 20-25 defeat to Canadore. Setter Corinne McGrath had 17 assists and eight digs. Captain Kristen VanHartingsveldt had five stuff blocks and six digs.

Mohawk bounced back with a 25-14, 25-17 sweep of Loyalist. Rookie leftside Kirsten Bialachowski had a breakout match with 12 kills and seven digs. First-year middle blocker Natalie Przerwa contributed four blocks, three kills and six service aces.

“Today was a day to test our rookies and Kirsten, Natalie and Corinne were outstanding,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Andrew Nicholson. “We finished in a tie for fourth in our pool but our play today was far superior to yesterday. It bodes well going into our second half of the OCAA season.”

Mohawk resumes Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play against Conestoga in Kitchener on Wednesday (Jan. 8).

The Georgian Grizzlies won the tournament title in straight sets over St. Clair.