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Varsity Update - February 19, 2008

Badminton

Mohawk College picked up a medal at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Badminton Championships at Georgian College over the the weekend. The women’s doubles tandem of Kristina Hall and Crystal Oakes won bronze at the Barrie event.

The mixed doubles team of Sherri Arbour and Jas Mogford finished fourth, losing in three sets in its bronze medal match. In men’s singles, Chris Hong was fifth.

Mohawk coach Matt Schnarr said the Mountaineers were very competitive in all events. "Our teams lost in the (maximum) three sets numerous times, showing they can compete at the highest level, said Schnarr. "It was a great finish to a successful season and Mohawk is looking to be strong in the next few years."


Women's Volleyball

The Mohawk women's volleyball team earned a berth in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Championships with a 3-0 win over Loyalist of Belleville in their crossover match at the Fennell Campus Saturday February 16. The Mountaineers won 25-18, 25-18, 25-19.

Head Coach Brian McEnhill got every one of his players into the contest. Rachel VanHartingsveldt led Mohawk's offensive attack with 16 points from 13 kills, and three service aces. Leah Waxman had 10 kills and two aces, while Sarah Borycki chipped in with seven kills, two stuff blocks and one ace.

February 13, Mohawk completed its regular season with a 12-2 record thanks to a 3-0 sweep at Redeemer. The scores were 25-22, 25-20, 25-14. Waxman had 10 kills, one block and two aces. Stacy Dafoe had five kills and five aces, Janette Jakubiec contributed five kills, three blocks and one ace and VanHartingsveldt added seven kills and one ace.

The OCAA Volleyball Championships will be played at Fanshawe College in London February 21-23.


Men's Volleyball

The men's Volleyball team completed a perfect regular season February 13 at Redeemer with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 sweep of the Royals.

Jasmin Cull led the way for the Mountaineers with 10 kills, two stuff blocks and three service aces. Kevin Watson had eight kills and two aces, Steve Pawelczyk had six kills, one block and two aces and Adam Schiedel collected six kills and three aces.

Mohawk finished 12-0 in the Central West Region and earned a spot in the OCAA Championships at Fanshawe College in London February 21-23.


Men's Basketball

The Mohawk men's basketball team stunned the first place Humber Hawks 80-78 at the Fennell Gym. The game, February 12, went well past midnight after a late tip-off due to a snowstorm which hit the area. Mohawk improved its record to 10-7, while Humber slipped to 14-2.

Mountaineers' head coach Brian Jonker said, "We played with energy and (for) a complete 40 minutes. Hopefully this is a springboard for the rest of the season." Jerome Smith scored 23 points for Mohawk, including seven 3-pointers. The Mountaineers established a single season record of 163 three-point field goals, five more than the previous standard set by Algonquin just last year. Marko Gacic scored 20 points.

The Mountaineers were scheduled for one more regular season game, an important showdown at Niagara February 20, in the team's bid for the best possible playoff position. They entered the week tied with the Knights for fifth place in the West Region.


Women's Basketball

The Mohawk women's basketball squad knocked off Humber 68-63 (Feb. 12) for only their third win in 13 games.

The Mountaineers trailed 13-5 early and 31-29 at the half. But coach Kelly Dunham said the team refocused and battled to the end. "Everyone had something to contribute to this game, said Dunham. "They made their shifts count. Our goal was to have the best defensive game this year and we out rebounded them. Our foul shooting was solid and when it really counted at the end, we played fantastic."

Lisamarie Iavarone scored 21 points and Melissa Zwolak had 20. February 8 Mohawk lost 55-50 to visiting Algoma, with Zwolak scoring 15.

The Mountaineers visit Niagara February 20 in their final game of the season.