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Varsity Update - January 28, 2008

Women's Volleyball

The Mohawk women's volleyball team got off to a poor start and although they came back to lead two games to one, eventually bowed 22-25, 25-18, 27-25, 21-25, 11-15 to the Nipissing Lakers of North Bay at the Fennell Gym January 26.

Rachel VanHartingsveldt had 20 points for the Mountaineers from 17 kills and three stuff blocks. Leah Waxman scored 16 kills and an ace for 17 points and Sarah Borycki had nine kills and seven blocks for 16 points.

Mohawk actually had more offence than Nipissing, 77 points to 61, but head coach Brian McEnhill noted his team made 17 service errors. "You're going to lose every (time) you play if you have 17 service errors in a match. You can't recover from that." While Nipissing improved its record to 8-3, the Mountaineers fell to 9-1

January 25, Mohawk scored a three game sweep of North Bay's Canadore Panthers. The women needed only 48 minutes for a 25-6, 25-16, 25-15 verdict. Mohawk's starters played the first set, then four bench players, Bridget Caravaggio, Candice Kragten, Ashley Brunkard and Kristen Lawson came in for the final two games. Leah Waxman led the Mountaineers with 15 kills and one service ace. Janette Jakubiec played only one set, but managed two kills, four stuff blocks and three aces.

Men's Volleyball

The Mountaineers' men's volleyball team whipped the Nipissing Lakers of North Bay 25-12, 25-17, 25-16 at the Fennell Gym January 26. Mohawk put on a powerful display for its ninth win in a row. Jasmin Cull had seven kills, two stuff blocks and four service aces to lead the winners with 13 offensive points.

Kevin Watson produced six kills, one block and two aces for nine points, the same total as Adam Schiedel, who had seven kills and two aces.

Mohawk head coach James Bradley said his team really came out and played against a very good opponent in Nipissing, now 5-4. Bradley feels the return of All-Canadian setter Peter Sniuolis and All-Star middle Steve Pawelczyk, from injuries, makes a big difference. Players who filled in for the two stars had to do things they were not used to and it put a lot of pressure on them. "Today, everything seemed to come together, said Bradley. "We were kind of back in the flow of where we were when we left Quebec (the Limoilou tourney)." Bradley also noted being the last home match of the regular season, this was an emotional contest for some players, including five year Mountaineer Sniuolis and third year man Watson, who may have played their last games on home court.

January 25, Mohawk swept Canadore of North Bay 25-7, 25-13, 27-25. Cull had six kills and seven aces. Watson had six kills and six aces, Schiedel produced seven kills and four aces and Ian Cameron collected five kills, one block and two aces.

All told, the Mountaineer men had 25 aces, which obliterated their own OCAA record of 20 in one match, set against Niagara in the 2005-06 season.