It came down to a thrilling fifth set tiebreak, but in the end it was the Mohawk Mountaineers who claimed the gold medal at the 2014 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) men’s volleyball championship hosted at Georgian College in Barrie.
After claiming the first set 25-22 Saturday night, the Mountaineers found themselves in trouble dropping two straight sets to the OCAA’s top ranked team the Humber Hawks by scores of 25-16 and 25-22.
With their backs against the wall, the Mountaineers staved off elimination multiple times and eventually got the better of the Hawks in an incredible 30-28 fourth set sending the match to a fifth set tiebreak.
In the game’s final frame, the Mountaineers carried all the momentum and clinched the gold medal with a 15-8 set to win the match 3-2.
Mohawk’s Trevor McLaughlin put together a 21-point performance in the final game including 18 kills, one service ace and two stuff blocks, while adding 14 digs. Eric Danecke had 13 kills, one ace and two blocks. Bryce Marcussen contributed nine kills, one ace and three blocks. Terrel Bramwell who was named the championships most valuable player had a brilliant performance in the final for Humber as he posted 27 kills in helping his team earn the silver medal.
For the Mountaineers, it’s their fourth consecutive year medaling at the OCAA Championship and their first gold medal since the 2007-08 season. For Humber, they have now medaled in four of the last five years and return to the podium after being shut out a season ago.
Both the Mountaineers and the Humber Hawks have qualified for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship which takes place March 4-8 at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Sask.
Mountaineer Bryce Marcussen was named one of the championship tournament all-stars.