McLaughlin, Straatsma net two volleyball awards

Athletes from the Golden Horseshoe figured prominently for Ontario Colleges Athletic Association weekly sports awards.

Trevor McLaughlin (Photo: Mohawk Athletics)

Trevor McLaughlin (Photo: Mohawk Athletics)

Mohawk’s Trevor McLaughlin took the overall male athletes honour and the men’s volleyball player award while Redeemer’s Curtiss Straatsma was the female athlete of the week and the women’s volleyball player for the period ending Sunday (Feb 2).

Oakville Sheridan volleyball claimed the men’s team award while the men’s basketball player award went to Ryan Christie of Niagara.

McLaughlin, a second-year outside hitter from Kitchener, led the Mountaineers to a pair of key victories. He had a game-high 19 kills in a five-set victory at St. Clair. Less than 24 hours later, McLaughlin contributed 20 kills along with two aces and one block in a 3-1 win at Fanshawe.

Mohawk, Fanshawe, and Niagara all have 12-4 records in the West Division. With two games remaining in regular season play they sit four points behind first place Humber, 14-2.

Curtiss Straatsma  (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

Curtiss Straatsma (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

Straatsma, a third-year right side, contributed a season-high seven blocks in Redeemer’s 3-1 win at Niagara. She also earned eight kills and three service aces for a total of 18 points.

At 11-4, the Royals are on track for their best regular season record ever.

With crunch time on hand for OCAA volleyball teams. Sheridan improved to 7-9 with a pair of victories over Boreal and Cambrian in Sudbury this past weekend. The Bruins are still within striking distance of the final playoff spot in the OCAA West, but will need to come up with wins against St. Clair and Fanshawe.

It has been a challenging campaign, but Niagara finally celebrated its first two victories on home court this season. Christie, a Hamilton native, scored 20 points while grabbing 17 rebounds in a 77-58 win over Lambton. He followed this up with a 12-point, 18-rebound effort in a 76-73 win over St. Clair.