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Varsity Update - December 8th, 2008

Men’s Volleyball

The Mohawk Mountaineers rolled to another win in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men's volleyball defeating the Sheridan Bruins in straight sets at the Fennell Gymnasium Wednesday (Dec. 3). The scores were 25-17, 25-18, 25-17. Steve Pawelczyk (Barton) led the Mountaineers with 10 kills, one stuff block and four service aces. Kevin deJonge (Guido de Bres) contributed six kills, three blocks and two aces while Codey Forrest (Port Dover) had eight kills, one block and two aces. Pawelczyk, who has put up some very big offensive numbers this year agreed Mohawk has good power. "Our focus is service pressure and passing and we’re been working on that all season, so it really shows the service pressure is working for our team." As for his own game Pawelczyk admitted he's surprised how well things are going for him. "Oh, absolutely, said Pawelczyk. "After moving from the middle to the right (side) I definitely didn't think I'd be able to produce this, but everything is going great and I just hope I can keep it going."

And keep it going he and his mates did December 5, as Mohawk completed its fall semester sweeping Niagara in Welland. The Mountaineers had to rally in the last two sets, but scored a 25-16, 25-23, 25-22 verdict over the Knights. Pawelczyk had six kills, two blocks and four aces. Forrest came up with seven kills, one block and two aces. The Mountaineers went to the break with an 8-1 record, tied with Fanshawe for first place in the West Region. Those two teams will meet head on at the Fennell Gym to resume OCAA play January 15.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mohawk women's volleyball team made quick work of the Sheridan Bruins in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play at the Fennell Gym December 3. The Mountaineers swept their Oakville opponents 25-18, 25-18, 25-17.

Leah Waxman (Port Dover) led the home side with 10 kills and one serving ace. Candice Kragten (Cayuga SS) had eight kills and two stuff blocks, Rachel VanHartingsveldt (Durham Christian) collected nine kills, Stacey Dafoe (Paris District) scored seven kills and two blocks and Allison Feliciano (Galt CI) also had seven kills and two blocks.

Mohawk assistant coach Michelle Foxcroft felt the team was a bit sloppy at times against an opponent which has been struggling and the players were probably tired, not to mention a bit stressed with exams coming up. But she agreed it was nice to bounce back after a 1-2 record the previous week. "They had a really, really tough game (Nov. 30) against Nipissing, said Foxcroft. "I was hoping they'd bring alot of that intensity tonight. They brought a little bit of it at some points and at other times we kind of sat back, but after a 1-2 weekend we came away with another win.

And there was yet another victory to come to complete the first semester. That was December 5 when the Mountaineers improved to 8-3 with a 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 decision at Niagara. Dafoe paced the Mountaineers with eight kills, one block and four aces. Waxman had nine kills, one block and one ace, while VanHartingsveldt contributed seven kills. The Mohawk women are scheduled to compete at the Durham Women’s Killer Instinct Cup tournament January 9-10, then will play host to Fanshawe when OCAA play resumes for the two teams January 15. The Falcons are just two points back of the Mountaineers in the West standings.