Rookies step up against Mohawk

Hawks centre Andre Brown (right) sets up right side Brandon Cullen (left) for a kill, in Hamilton. Stephanie Lippa.

Stephanie Lippa
Sports Reporter

HAMILTON – Without its best player, the Hawks men’s volleyball team relied on rookies to spike the Mohawk Mountaineers three sets to none, Nov. 16,  to remain undefeated and atop the West Division.

“The guys played awesome, even without Terrel [Bramwell], who is a very important part of our team, they really pulled through and it was a total team effort,” said Hawks head coach Wayne Wilkins.

“Without him playing this gave us the opportunity to test some of the other players and give them some court time and to see if they were up to face the challenge.”

Bramwell, the OCAAs leading scorer, sat out of the game due to lingering injuries.

With the absence of Bramwell, Wilkins said he stressed the importance of fundamentals to his team.

“The main mentality of the game was to show a consistent team effort, but more importantly, we wanted to stay more consistent with how we play. Attack the proper zones, stick to the game plan, and just working extra hard,” he said.

Humber, ranked fourth in Canada, and Mohawk had a very close game in the first two sets with the Hawks winning 25-21 and 25-22, respectively. Humber took the third and final set 25-17.

Hawks rookie libero Andre Brown led the team with 11 points, while freshman right side Brandon Cullen had a team-best nine kills.

“As a team we played good. I expect more from myself and since I am a rookie I need to work harder and try to be more consistent,” said Cullen, who added ten points and one service ace.

Team captain Paul Kemboi earned eight points, two kills, three blocks, three service aces and a team high seven digs against Mohawk.

“We played outstanding. We played as a team and it went great,” said Kemboi.

The Hawks played at Fanshawe Nov. 24, check for game results.

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