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Varsity Update - January22, 2008

Men's Volleyball

Jasmin Cull led the Mohawk to another men's volleyball victory Saturday January 19 at the Fennell Gym.

The Mountaineers needed five sets to defeat the St. Clair Saints. Cull had 35 offensive points from 21 Kills, five stuff blocks and the nine aces in Mohawk's 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 28-30, 15-9 marathon victory. He even contributed eight digs. Cull's nine aces gave him 45 for the single season OCAA record. He also has 101 career aces, which is also a league record. Adam Schiedel had 16 kills, two blocks and three aces for the Mountaineers, who improved their record in the Central West Region to 7-0 while St. Clair fell to 2-7 in the West.

Despite the victory by his OCAA number one ranked side, head coach James Bradley was far from pleased. He felt while Saint Clair made some good plays, his team kept shooting itself in the foot and he gave an example from the fourth set where seven times Mohawk had a two point lead and kept giving it back. And there were problems throughout the contest. "We made 74 errors in a five set match. It's unacceptable. We made numerous passing and serving errors."

Bradley acknowledged there is a lot of talent on the team, but it's what you put on the floor, opposed to the won-lost record that matters. "When you're pushing for provincial championships and national championships, you have to play to your highest level and we're not doing that yet, but we're working on it."

Women's Volleyball

The Mohawk women's volleyball squad, ranked number one in the OCAA, downed St. Clair 3-0 to go to 8-0 in the Central West Region. The Saints are now 4-7 in the West. The scores were 25-19, 26-24, 25-18.

Even with the sweep, the Mountaineers had trouble with the visitors. Mohawk was leading the second set 23-13 and just barely pulled it out. Head coach Brian McEnhill said when you're the top team, everyone that comes in to play you wants to knock you off the pedestal. "You have to rise to the occasion every single time and when you don't, you end up with games like that with very poor play and non-execution of game plan." McEnhill said when you play the top teams you're going to struggle.

Mohawk's dynamic duo of Janette Jakubiec and Leah Waxman led the attack for the home team. Jakubiec had eight kills, four stuff blocks and three aces for 15 offensive points. Waxman had 12 kills and two blocks for 14 points. Adrianne Kolich came up with 17 digs.

Men's Basketball

Mohawk ground out a 77-74 victory over the St. Clair Saints in OCAA men's basketball at the Fennell Gym Friday (Jan.18).

Mackenzie Milmine made five of six free throws in the dying seconds as the Mountaineers hung on desperately. Mohawk trailed 43-37 at the half but came back and led by seven points with just over three minutes to go. However, the Saints, taking advantage of numerous missed free throws by the Mountaineers got the game back to 73-72 for Mohawk with 12.2 seconds remaining. But Milmine was good on his final four foul shots to decide the game.

A relieved Mountaineers' head coach Brian Jonker said, "The way we've been the last three weeks, there was a lot more positive tonight than negative. We played more as a team offensively tonight than we have all year maybe. And in the end when we had to have the odd stops to get us back in the game, I thought we did that."

Alen Beader led Mohawk with 16 points and had a strong presence on the boards. Marko Gacic and Jerome smith each had 10 points for the Mountaineers, who improved to 6-5 in the West Region, while St. Clair fell to 3-7.

Women's Basketball

A late comeback by Mohawk fell short, as St. Clair scored a 51-45 victory over the Mountaineers in women's basketball play at the Fennell Gym January 18.

Down by 14 points midway through the second half, Mohawk rallied and got to within four points on a pair of late Angela Brown three-point shots, but the Saints held on.

Mohawk had 40 rebounds in the game, but managed only 11 on the offensive boards. "We did not box out, said Mountaineers' head coach Kelly Dunham. "We wanted the ball, which is great, but you need to have good positioning. You have to take care of your check to get the ball and we need that ball to get options on offence."

Brown had 10 points to pace Mohawk. Stacey Bourque scored eight, as did Lisamarie Iavarone. The Mountaineers are now 1-7 in the West Region. The Saints are 4-4.


The varsity badminton team continued its preparations for the Regional Championships early next month, posting some excellent results at the Cambrian Invitational Tournament in Sudbury January 18-20.

Mohawk won three "B" Flight titles. Chris Hong led the way in men's singles, then teamed with Crystal Oakes to take the mixed doubles. Oakes and Margaret Myjak captured their flight in women's doubles.

In "C" Flight, Jas Mogford and Chris Hong won in men's doubles, while Laura Arbour took the women's singles.

Coach Matt Schnarr noted there were six colleges at the tourney, plus many talented players from the Sudbury area. He felt the Mountaineers had a great showing in their final tuneup for the regionals. "We are proving we are prepared and ready for our championships, said Schnarr. "Jill Larlee and Jose Morales continue to improve and should peak at the Regionals."

That event will be staged at Mohawk February 1-2.