The Hawks men’s volleyball team was victorious yet again on Oct. 3 at Humber’s Athletic Centre, taking first place at the annual Humber Cup tournament.
The volleyball tournament featured various league competitors as well as some out of province teams who went head-to-head with hopes to make the most out of their pre-season with some good competition.
The Humber Hawks men’s volleyball team played several games over the course of the weekend, trying to find out what works best collectively for when their varsity season officially starts. With many new recruits this year, the team made several adjustments during the tournament.
Asked about the highlight of the weekend, head coach Wayne Wilkins said it was, “the overall play from both vets and rookies. (I’m) glad to see them come together and achieve their goal.”
The team played a total of four matches and emerged victorious in all. They faced off against schools which will re-appear later in the season when more is at stake than a t-shirt. The Hawks came up against Durham College, Ottawa University, and Canadore College, all being relatively fierce opponents.
The Hawks played a tough match in the finals, against the Durham Lords. The match went to five sets and the Hawks managed to pull through with a close win of 15-13.
“The win at the end was good for the guys. The tournament had its ups and downs which is to be expected but it was nice to know we can still pull out a fifth set win. Especially when our backs are against the wall, we all rallied and pulled it off in the end,” said Alex Lewicki, third-year fitness and health promotion student.
Wilkins said that he thinks fatigue plays a big part in why the match was so close. Durham, who the Hawks faced earlier in the weekend, naturally adapted and came back stronger.
Now, with a taste of success, the men’s volleyball team is hungry for more. When asked how they will continue to achieve success, Lewicki said, “the team is going to need to continue to work on our mental fortitude and practice our three pillars which are honesty, integrity and respect.”