The Mohawk men's volleyball team, which finished sixth in the OCAA West Region, swept the third place team in the east, George Brown, 25-23, 25-13, 25-19 in Toronto last Saturday and earned a berth in the OCAA championship at Sheridan starting today (Thursday).
Mo Sulaiman led the Mountaineers with 15 kills, one stuff block and two digs, Eric Danecke had nine kills and one block and Bart Jedrzejewski contributed 15 digs.
The Mountaineers clinched post season play when they won the first set against Fanshawe on Feb. 13.
That was enough to give them the tiebreaker over the Falcons, even though Fanshawe rallied to win the match 18-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-13, 15-13.
Brad Regier led Mohawk with 11 kills and one service ace, as Mohawk finished the regular season at 9-9.
The Mohawk women will not be going to the volleyball playoffs, but they certainly went out with a gutsy performance, even though Fanshawe stopped them in a five-setter, 25-22, 25-16, 16-25, 21-25,15-8.
Fanshawe finished the regular season with a 15-3 record, while Mohawk was 6-12.
Melissa DeHaan had seven kills and six aces for the Mountaineers.
Kristin VanHartingsveldt had five kills, two aces and two blocks and Julie Gagnon had 13 digs.
The reigning national champion Mohawk men’s basketball team reeled off three wins last week and earned a bye to the OCAA championship.
On Feb. 13, they played a rescheduled game in Windsor and triumphed 84-43.
Alex Reis had 22 points and Manny Campbell 14 for the Mountaineers.
Mohawk then clinched their OCAA berth with a 77-60 win over Sault College last Saturday.
Reis scored 21 points for the Mountaineers. Pat Iavarone had 13 points, Xzennis Brereton scored 12 and Taylor Dowhaniuk had nine points, 11 rebounds and one blocked shot.
The next day Mohawk beat Algoma University 74-58. Brereton led Mohawk with 14 points. Andrew Cicuttini scored 13 points and added 16 rebounds, while Dowhaniuk also had 13 points and 12 boards. Mohawk improved to 16-3 with one more regular season game to go midweek against the only team ahead of them, Sheridan.
The women’s basketball team provided real excitement on Feb. 13, as they needed overtime to beat St. Clair 81-78. The teams were tied 68-all after 40 minutes and the Mountaineers outscored the Saints 13-10 in OT. Carissa Browne scored 22 points for Mohawk. Rachelle Abella and Natalie Fisher picked up 13 each.
Mohawk then knocked off Sault College 73-29 to sew up a post season appearance for the first time in several years.
Lacey Wolters had 16 points and nine rebounds, Cynthia Mosca scored 10 points and had six rebounds and Carissa Browne added 10 points as well.
Things did not go so well the next afternoon when Algoma beat them 69-49.
Natalie Fisher had 12 points and seven rebounds for Mohawk, which fell to 9-8. The Mountaineers knew they are going to a crossover qualifying game, but did not know whether they’d be at home or away as they still had a home game against Sheridan in midweek.
Host Fanshawe scored two in the second end, and three in each of the fourth and six ends to defeat Mohawk 8-2 to capture the bronze medal at the OCAA curling championships at the St. Thomas Curling Club last Sunday.
Mohawk was 3-1 in pool play, but ended up in the bronze medal game when Confederation College beat them 8-2 in the semi finals
Members of the Mohawk rink included skip Erin Walker, vice Sandy Toole, second Allison Vail, lead Nikki Steep and spare Jenny Vittie.
Wesley Steen’s men’s foursome struggled to a 1-7 record.
Their lone win was 6-4 over Niagara.