Mountaineers varsity highlights – January 27, 2023
Mohawk Mountaineers curling will be participating in the OCAA Championships in two weeks time, and they provided a bit of a preview this past week at the Niagara Bonspiel.
The men’s curling team had a perfect day going 3-0 starting with a 6-1 victory over the Humber Hawks. The day finished with the Mountaineers defeating the Sault Cougars 8-1 and the Fleming Knights 9-0.
For Mohawk’s mixed doubles team, their record didn’t showcase how well the team performed at the bonspiel. They would win their first match 9-4 against the Niagara Knights (1) and then come away with a 6-6 draw versus the Knights (2) before losing 9-1 to the Hawks.
Both Mohawk teams will defend their OCAA Championships from a year ago during competition Feb. 9-11.
The Mountaineers men’s basketball now ranks as the best team in the OCAA with a 10-2 record. They also moved up one spot in the CCAA National rankings to fourth this past week.
The Mountaineers women’s volleyball team found their winning ways again with two victories this past week, sweeping the Borèal Vipères and then beating the Cambrian Golden Shield in five sets. They also took the No. 2 nationally ranked Humber Hawks to five sets before losing the match – Mohawk’s two set wins snapped the Hawks streak of 31 consecutive sets won.
On the men's side, Libero Turner Neame (Hamilton, ON) surpassed Ryan Dela Rosa for the Mohawk men's volleyball record for most digs in a single season. Neame, a second-year athlete for the Mountaineers, now has 149 digs this season with four matches remaining.
Mountaineers Athletes of the Week
(in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association)
Rachel Vanderwal (women’s volleyball)
Also named OCAA Star of the Week, Vanderwal (Hamilton, ON) had a career weekend in the two matches for women’s volleyball. The second-year combined for 24 kills, the second time this season she has accumulated 24 kills in a two-game span.
In the match versus the Golden Shield, Vanderwal tied her career-high with 14 kills and four blocks, while setting new career-highs with seven digs and five assists, and added three aces.
Liam Little (men’s curling)
Little (Hailburton, ON) had a team-high 82 per cent shot making percentage at the Niagara Bonspiel, helping his team to an undefeated day.
Men’s Basketball (10-2)
Jan. 26: Fell 98-84 to the Conestoga Condors
Women’s Basketball (2-9)
Jan. 26: Lost 93-90 to the Conestoga Condors
Women’s Volleyball (7-7)
Jan. 20: Defeated Borèal Vipères 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-10)
Jan. 21: Five set win over the Cambrian Golden Shield (25-12, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 16-14)
Jan. 26: Lost 3-2 (17-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 8-15) to the Humber Hawks
Men’s Volleyball (7-7)
Jan. 20: 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-15) victory over the Borèal Vipères
Jan. 21: 3-2 (25-16, 18-25, 23-25, 25-19, 12-15) loss to the Cambrian Golden Shield
Jan. 26: Lost 3-1 (19-25, 22-25, 25-15, 21-25) to the Humber Hawks
Next week’s schedule
Saturday, January 28:
- The volleyball teams will be back on the DBARC court to host the Sheridan Bruins. Women play at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m.
- Basketball will remain on the road to play the Fanshawe Falcons, with the women set to play at 5 p.m. and men at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 1:
- Mohawk volleyball will host the Conestoga Condors at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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