By Ali Amad
The Humber men’s volleyball team got back to winning Sunday as they handily defeated the Conestoga Condors in three straight sets − a result that, from the start, was never in doubt.
Head coach Wayne Wilkins was missing from the sidelines. Wilkins received a two game suspension after getting ejected in last week’s loss to St. Clair College. Assistant coach Hank Ma took the reins in Wilkins’ place to get the Hawks back on track after losing their past two matchups.
“Our weakness the last couple of games has always been focus,” Ma said. “It’s not about the opponent, it’s always about us. If we can maintain focus, we’re going to be successful.”
Wilkins was missed, but the Hawks welcomed back their star left side hitter, Terrel Bramwell.
“My serve was a little off but hitting and passing-wise, I felt good,” Bramwell said. “Getting back on the court and being with the guys just felt right.”
The return of Bramwell also clearly made a difference in the team mentality, as they took charge early on to take the first set comfortably, 25-13.
That strong start carried on through the second and an especially tight third set. The Hawks edged out the Condors, 25-21, to seal the match. Everyone on the Hawks played their part against the Condors, with second-year middle, Alex Stefaniuk, having a particularly strong game.
The consensus after the win was that Ma’s emphasis on focus fully paid off.
“We’ve been struggling a lot with focusing and I think we played a more complete game and just took care of the ball,” Bramwell said. “Guys were just more in tune with what was going on in the court.”
“It was definitely a lot of teamwork,” second-year outside hitter Kamyn Wilkins said.
Ma is happy with how the team performed, but is now looking towards the tougher upcoming matches.
“The true challenge is going to be the Fanshawes and the Mohawks,” Ma said. “Can we stay focused in those games? That’s where our success is going to lie.”
Ma was also candid on coaching without Wilkins around for a change.
“It’s kind of interesting not having him around but that’s the one thing about us, we’re able to step up when we need to,” he said.