Mohawk men in volleyball log jam, women on shaky ground

MohawkA volleyball twin bill in London on Saturday (Feb. 1) ended in a split for Mohawk and Fanshawe.

The Mountaineer men won a four setter, 25-23, 25-20,13-25, 26-24, over the Falcons. Trevor McLaughlin had a strong match for the winners with 20 kills, two service aces and one stuff block. Bryce Marcussen had 14 kills, one ace and four blocks, Eric Danecke came up with 10 kills and two blocks and Bart Jedrzejewski had 14 digs.

With the victory, the Mountaineers seventh straight in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play, their record improved to 12-4, the same as Fanshawe. The two teams are tied with Niagara, two points back of West Division leading Humber. The Knights and Hawks each have a game in hand on the Mountaineers and Falcons. Niagara visits St. Clair and Humber goes to Conestoga Sunday (Feb. 2).

The news out of London was not as good for the Mohawk women, who were swept by Fanshawe, 18-25, 19-25, 17-25. Kristin VanHartingsveldt led the Mountaineers with six kills, one block and five digs. Kaitlin Kelly paced the Falcons with 21 kills, one ace, one block and 15 digs.

After two straight defeats, Mohawk, now 7-9, needs to earn two points against either Redeemer or Humber, to be assured of post season play.

Fanshawe upped its record to 14-2 and trails first place Humber by two points in the West Division.