A packed Fennell gymnasium enjoyed an exciting opening night in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball Oct. 30.
The Mohawk Mountaineers received their rings for last season’s national championship, and then the 2012-13 version of the squad opened their schedule with an 84-74 victory over the Niagara Knights.
Taylor Dowhaniuk led Mohawk with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Cicuttini had a monster night with 15 points and 21 rebounds.
Mohawk upped its record to 2-0 at Humber last Saturday.
The Mountaineers scored a 57-53 victory over the Hawks, who dropped to 0-2.
Cicuttini paced the Mountaineers with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mohawk women’s basketball team opened their regular season downing the Niagara Knights 65-52.
Careena Browne led the locals with 19 points.
After Niagara scored the first six points in the game, Mohawk scored the next 32 and appeared headed to an easy win.
But Niagara went on a 21-2 run, getting the score to 32-19 by half time and started the second half well, before the Mountaineers got their act together again.
The Mountaineers fell 52-37 at Humber last Saturday leaving both teams 1-1.
Lacey Wolters led Mohawk with 12 points and 11 rebounds
The Mohawk men’s volleyball team, OCAA bronze medalists in 2011-12, opened the new campaign with a wild five set victory at Redeemer on Oct. 31.
The scores were 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 17-25, 15-13.
Mohawk appeared heading to a three game sweep until the Royals mounted a fierce comeback, forcing a fifth and deciding set, before Mohawk pulled out their victory by a mere two points.
Mo Sulaiman led the Mountaineers with 17 kills and two stuff blocks.
The Mohawk women’s team opened their season with a 3-1 victory at Redeemer. The scores were 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, and 25-23.
Mohawk had to rally several times in the match.
In the opening set they were down 21-10 and Redeemer had to withstand a furious comeback by the visitors to take their two point decision.
Even though Mohawk won the last three games, they had to settle down in sets three and four, after trailing 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.
Kristin VanHartingsveldt led the Mountaineers with nine kills, two service aces and one stuff block.
It was a difficult season for the Mohawk men’s rugby team, which finished at 0-6.
In their last game, which was postponed over the weekend and rescheduled for McMaster University Oct. 30, the Mountaineers lost 32-0 to Conestoga.
The Mohawk women’s rugby team also finished 0-6 losing 43-5 to Conestoga on Oct. 30 at McMaster.
Akiesha Davidson scored the lone try for Mohawk.