It took three sets for the Humber Hawks women’s volleyball team to dismiss the fourth place Mohawk Mountaineers and continue their domination of Ontario.
The Mountaineers trotted into the Humber Athletics Centre on a hot streak, winning their past four games. The Hawks, however, were on a tear of their own, winning the past 116 OCAA matches in a row, a streak which has carried over for six years. Humber has also had Mohawk’s number for the previous eight games winning 24 of 25 sets.
The final scores in the sets were 25-18, 25-11, and 25-16. The largest deficit the Hawks faced was when they were down 5-1 in the third and final set, before turning it around and taking the match.
“I felt like tonight was a slow start but strong finish, so we have to fix that and make sure we play a more consistent game,” said assistant coach Dean Wylie, “We know as a team if we want to get to the provincial final again we have to work harder and smarter.”
As a team, Humber had a hitting percentage of .356, while holding their opponents to .060.
Second-year outside hitter and CCAA Player of the Week Devan O’Connor of Milton, led the Hawks with 15 points (10 kills, three aces, two blocks) tying her season high.
“We’ve been working really hard and as a team we are coming together,” said O’Connor. “We’ve seen a lot of first years grow and come into their own and just find roles on the team, and it’s helped make us successful.”
O’Connor had some help from first-year outside hitter from Breanna Golding who continued her great play. She finished the game with 13 points (seven kills, four aces, two blocks). The Pickering native has been quite the acquisition, fitting into the starting line-up and wreaking havoc on opponents whether she’s going up for a kill or a serve.
On the defensive side of things, Alley Newman, fifth-year middle from Kitchener had five blocks. It was one shy of career-high six, which she set in a game against Conestoga in November 2014.
“Believe it or not we have been struggling a little bit and I felt that tonight was a step in the right direction,” said Wilkins. “Our experience and depth was the difference tonight for sure.
The Hawks will now get ready for this Sunday’s match when they host the St. Clair Saints at 1 p.m.
(An earlier version of this story in on the Humber Athletics website)