Men’s volleyball start season on right track

The men’s volleyball team at the net ready to resume play. (Photo by Ashleigh Darrach) The men’s volleyball team at the net ready to resume play. (Photo by Ashleigh Darrach)

Ashleigh Darrach
Sports Reporter

The Humber’s men’s volleyball team packed up their gear and headed on a very long bus ride to Sudbury, Ont. on Oct. 25 for their first two regular season matches.

After the five-hour bus ride, the Hawks warmed up and got ready to face their first competition of the weekend, Cambrian Golden Shield.

With a very new dynamic in regards to the number of rookies on the team, the Hawks needed to take advantage of every opportunity to fine-tune their system.

“We wanted to get some rookies in, with some quality playing time, and that’s what we did,” said Matthew Isaacs, middle, a Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning student.

The Hawks handled the Golden Shields well, winning by a clean sweep in three straight sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-19).

“The team played very well considering the opponent was a far weaker team. (It’s) always tough to stay motivated and keep a high level of play in that scenario,” said Wayne Wilkins, head coach of men’s volleyball.

The men packed up their bags after the first win and headed back to the hotel before taking on their second opponents, Boreal College Vipers.

They came out very quickly in the first set, dominating the court. The Hawks then got to try some new options in the second set, including switching around positions and trying a new setter. Humber won all three sets, yet again making their record a perfect 2-0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-16).

“The highlight of the weekend was our first victory of the regular season and realizing that we still have so much more potential to grow as a team,” said Aleks Inveiss, libero, a Kinesiology student at University of Guelph-Humber.

Wilkins said that the team will continue to work on getting more productivity out of their passing core, as they have much more potential than they have shown.