Hawks varsity teams rank high in CCAA standings

Ed Hitchins
Sports Editor

With the winter break in the rearview mirror, both men’s and women’s Humber varsity teams continue to soar as the season marches forward.

The Humber women’s basketball team is ranked first by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, a position the team has held since the start of the season, while the women’s varsity volleyball team is ranked fourth.

The badminton team holds the top ranking in the country.

Women’s basketball coach Ajay Sharma, whose team carries an OCAA winning streak is now at a staggering 70 games, split a pair of games at the end of December versus American schools Daytona State and Chipola College at the Dayton State Holiday Classic in Florida.

Sharma says the injection of new blood has complimented his entrenched starters, including star point guard Ceejay Nofuente.

“We knew we were coming into the season with a solid veteran class,” Sharma said. “Being able to go into our bench as deep as we have been able to really shows us that we can continue being a strong program the next few years coming.”

Women’s volleyball coach Chris Wilkins echoed the same enthusiasm for his team as they head into the quicksand of the OCAA schedule.

“Our team has progressed nicely,” Wilkins said, his team is ranked Number 4 in the country and spent their winter break by playing in a series of exhibition matches in San Diego, Calif.

“Over the next two months it’s going to be a task to stay focused on improving each and every day and maintaining a high level of competitiveness,” he said. “We competed against some of the top teams in the country and I feel that we definitely established ourselves as a national contender.”

Men’s basketball coach Patrick Au, whose team has flirted with the Top 10 before dropping out of the latest rankings, split a pair of games in Quebec during the two-week-long winter break.

He said the influx of top newcomers to his team was a large boost to the team’s morale this season.

“Our team has performed well this year, considering we added 10 players to the roster,” Au said. “As we continue to get better the players will gel and we will gain momentum going into the playoffs.”

Go to humberathletics.ca for more information on all Humber varsity sports teams.

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