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Varsity Update - November 30, 2008

Men’s Volleyball

The Mohawk Mountaineers reeled off three consecutive men’s volleyball victories this past week. Things started with a bang at the Fennell Gym on November 26 when Mohawk knocked Humber off their undefeated perch with a four-set victory over the Hawks. It did not look all that promising in the first game, which Humber won 20-25. But the Mountaineers finally got in gear and scored 25-17, 26-24 and 25-23 wins. The last two games were tremendous battles. Except for a 5-2 Humber lead in the fourth set, neither team led by more than two points in the final two games. Mohawk's Steve Pawelczyk had a tremendous match with 25 offensive points, including 20 kills, four stuff blocks and one service ace. Codey Forrest had eight kills, one block and two aces and Ian Cameron contributed four kills and five blocks.

Then it was a successful trip to North Bay for the Mountaineers November 29 and 30. They scored a pair of wins to improve their OCAA West Region record to 6-1. At Canadore College, Mohawk scored a 3-1 win over the Panthers. The scores were 25-14, 22-25, 25-14, 25-17. Pawelczyk had 18 kills, one stuff block and two aces for 21 points. Greg Mousseau scored 11 kills and two aces and Forrest had seven kills, one block and one ace.

he next day the Mountaineers swept the Nipissing University Lakers 25-21, 25-13, 25-23. Pawelczyk had 17 kills, one stuff block and two aces. Mousseau had nine kills, one block and one ace.

Women’s Volleyball

It was not the best of weeks for the Mohawk women’s volleyball team, which had one win and two losses. They ran into a juggernaut at the Fennell Gym on November 26, when the Humber Hawks came in undefeated and left that way with a 25-18, 27-25, 25-13 decision. The Hawks improved to 8-0 with their victory. Rachel VanHartingsveldt led the Mountaineers with eight kills and two stuff blocks. Leah Waxman had five kills and three aces.

The Mountaineers then headed to North Bay November 29-30 and got split decisions. They swept Canadore Panthers 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 in their opener. Leah Waxman and Stacy Dafoe did not play in this match and Kellie Crnic was basically in and out for the contest. VanHartingsveldt scored nine kills and six aces, rookie Lauren Aquilina, the Westmount product, had a fine match with 10 kills and an ace and Candice Kragten collected eight kills and three blocks.

The following day was, as Mohawk coach Brian McEnhill called it, “A barn burner with an unhappy ending,” as the Mountaineers lost in five sets to the Nipissing Lakers. The scores were 26-24, 23-25, 20-25, 25-20, 10-15. Waxman had a terrific day with 27 kills, one block and four aces for 32 points. She also contributed 33 digs. Dafoe had 10 kills and two aces with 26 digs and VanHartingsveldt added eight kills, one block and one ace, plus 28 digs.

Men’s Basketball

The Mohawk men’s basketball team had a rough outing at Fanshawe College in London November 28. The Falcons flew past the Mountaineers 133-80. Jerome Smith, Cort Hodges and Ricky Heath each had 10 points. Alen Beader, Ryan Carrafiello and Kenold Knight had eight apiece for the Mountaineers, whose record slipped to 3-6.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team dropped a 68-41 decision at Fanshawe November 28. Head coach Kelly Dunham said, “We had too many turnovers, we were so flat.” The Mountaineers trailed 29-22 at the half. Morgan Taylor scored 10 points, while Tracy Lehane had nine and Kat Ford, six. With the loss, Mohawk fell to 3-4.