The Humber Hawks women’s volleyball team continued its perfect season with a 3-1 win over Conestoga yesterday.
Heading into the match, Humber, the seven-time OCAA defending champions only lost one set so far, and head coach Chris Wilkins said a win would tighten the Hawks grasp on the West Division.
“It’s another opportunity for us to distance ourselves from the rest of the teams in the league,” Wilkins said. “Conestoga doesn’t necessarily have a great record, but they’re a decent team so we’re certainly going to have to be ready to play,” he added.
So what has been the Hawks formula for success this season?
“Our mental aspect,” assistant coach Dean Wylie said.
Wylie said each women’s volleyball team’s attitude passes down to the next. “This is how we’re going to work, this is our work ethic and this is our intrinsic motivation,” he said.
The first set was underway in the Athletic Centre at Humber’s North campus, and the well-prepared Hawks comfortably won the set 25-14. Great positioning from the Humber players in their own zone resulted in effective control of incoming shots that allowed the Hawks to set up plays, and convert.
But the Hawks played a completely different style in the second set. Sloppy serves and returns saw Conestoga climb in the game. Although Humber began to come back, it wasn’t enough as Conestoga won the set 25-23, giving Humber only its second set loss of the season.
That loss wouldn’t bring the Hawks down, as they would win the third and fourth sets, and secure an eighth victory.
Game MVP Thalia Hanniman said it’s important to keep the winning streak going into the Christmas break.
“I don’t want to say we expect to win, but if we’re playing our A game then we’ll come out on top,” the 21-year-old kinesiology student said.
The Hawks will be on the road to face Niagara in its last game before the holiday break on Sunday.