Women’s volleyball defeat Durham for Humber Cup title

Joe Catania 
Sports Reporter 

The Humber Hawks women’s volleyball team has won the 2014 Humber Cup, defeating Durham College in three straight sets to claim first place.

Last Saturday morning the Hawks were sitting in a semi-final match up with Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), a team that travelled all the way from Halifax, N.S., to participate in this year’s tournament. The winner would play later that day in the tournament finals, and have the opportunity to claim the title of Humber Cup champions.

The Hawks beat MSVU in three consecutive sets, and cemented their spot in the finals. They were now waiting on their final opponent, as they would face off against the winner of the second semi-final match up, either Durham College or Canadore.

Speaking about the team’s semi-final performance, Hawks assistant coach Dean Wylie said, “We just started serving more consistently as we went deeper into the match and we started passing better…our defence started playing transition ball. When they gave us a free ball, we executed our plan.”

After Durham won their match up with Canadore, the final game was set for 4p.m.

It would be Humber versus Durham for the tournament title.

The game started with Humber taking the first set without much of a sweat, as they looked to be outplaying their counterparts. The second set was a little closer. The Hawks trailed early, as they fell behind by a few points. This was concerning as the Hawks had not lost a single set all tournament long.

After a few great defensive stands, the Hawks were able to make a resilient comeback. Both teams exchanged the lead back and forth for a few points, before the Hawks started pulling away with it and eventually won the set.

After beating Durham the first two sets, it would only take one more for Humber to be named the 2014 Humber Cup champions.

Hawks head coach Chris Wilkins spoke about the win.

“It’s a long season, so this is certainly a step in the right direction. It’s definitely a nice win. Now we know we’re among the best,” he said.

“Our team’s depth played an important role for us,” he said. “If someone isn’t sharp or not playing well in a game, there’s someone else that has the ability to step in and do something for us. So when things aren’t working, it’s easily fixable from a coach’s standpoint, just find someone else who is clicking and let them go at it.”

The tournament MVP award went to the Hawk’s Thalia Hanniman, 21, who is in her fourth year of Humber’s Kinesiology program.

“I was a little surprised to win the award, but I worked really hard over the weekend, so it was nice to see that my hard work was recognized,”

Coach Wilkins spoke about Thalia’s performance and said, “we have a lot of players that come in and out of the game, so we need someone who can be a stable and consistent force for us. This weekend, Thalia was that player.