Men's volleyball team in tough out west
Mohawk men’s volleyball team came home from Moose Jaw Saskatchewan without a medal, but they made it to the semi-finals and played some outstanding volleyball.
The second seeded Mountaineers survived a major scare in their opening match last Thursday as they just got by the eighth seeded St. Thomas University Tommies of Fredericton, New Brunswick 3-2.
St. Thomas beat Mohawk 25-20 in the first set which was fraught with service errors. The second set was not looking good for the Mountaineers either, but they rallied from a five point deficit to win 27-25.
The Tommies had a relatively easy time in the third game, winning 25-14 and looked like they could make it a relatively short night.
But Mohawk was equally impressive in set number four, which they took 25-16. That set up the fifth and deciding set and Mohawk appeared in pretty good shape leading 12-8, but a gritty effort by St. Thomas allowed them to pull even at 13-13.
However, The Mountaineers held their nerve and took the next two points to win 15-13.
Trevor McLaughlin was Mohawk's player of the match with 17 kills and six digs as the Mountaineers advanced to the semi-finals against Briercrest Clippers the next day.
Unfortunately, they took it on the chin as the host team swept Mohawk 25-22, 25-14, 25-12. Eric Danecke was the Mountaineer Player of the Match with three kills and three digs.
That result ended Mohawk’s gold medal hopes, but they still had a shot at the bronze.
However the team the Mountaineers defeated to win the OCAA crown, the Humber Hawks, turned the tables on them in the bronze medal semis of the Canadian championship with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, 29-31, 15-11 decision.
Once again Danecke was Mohawk’s player of the match with nine kills and seven digs.
Humber moved on and won the bronze medal defeating Columbia Bible College 25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-10.
The Red Deer Kings from Alberta reclaimed their crown as champions of men’s collegiate volleyball in Canada.
The Kings, who lost in the CCAA championship match last year, avenged that loss by sweeping Briercrest 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. The Kings entered the tournament as the number one seed and proved worthy of that ranking. The team lost only one set during the championship.