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HAWKS OPEN CHASE FOR OCAA CROWN ON HOME COURT ON THURSDAY VS MOHAWK

ETOBICOKE, ON: The Humber Hawks men's volleyball team, who advanced to the 2019 OCAA Men's Volleyball Championship as hosts, will take to the court for the first time in playoff action on Thursday night. Humber will face a familiar opponent in the West's Mohawk Mountaineers, with the opening serve scheduled for 6:00 pm. The Mountaineers advanced by way of a 3-1 crossover playoff road win over the Seneca Sting.

LAST TIME OUT VS MOHAWK

The two teams recently met, as they closed out the 2019 regular season in Hamilton. The visiting Hawks soared to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-14) straight set victory. Dylan Devesceri of Humber, and Elijah Lopez of Mohawk led the day in scoring, with 11 offensive points each.

REGULAR SEASON IMPACT

The Hawks ended in second in the West Division with a 16-2 record. They ranked second in the OCAA and 5th nationally. Mohawk finished in sixth place in the West, and checked in with an even 9-9 win/loss mark.

OF NOTE HISTORICALLY

The two teams have played 53 times in regular season play, with Humber winning 34 times. Both teams have had significant runs against the others over the past decade, with each team recording championships along the way.

ON A ROLL

Humber has won two straight, and ten of eleven. Mohawk has won three of four, including the crossover playoff win on Saturday.

HEAD TO HEAD – THE STAT FACTOR (includes playoff statistics)

 

HUMBER

Rank

MOH

Rank

KILLS

652

12th

686

10th

KILLS PER SET %

10.69

6th

10.09

9th

TOTAL ATTACKS

1453

16th

1829

4th

HITTING %

.325

3rd

.205

11th

ASSISTS

594

11th

639

7th

ASSISTS PER SET %

9.74

3rd

9.40

8th

ACES

150

5th

77

17th

ACES PER SET %

2.46

5th

1.13

17th

DIGS

531

16th

729

3rd

DIGS PER SET %

8.70

9th

10.72

1st

BLOCKS

101

16th

153

6th

BLOCKS PER SET %

1.66

14th

2.25

5th

 

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mohawk

  • Elijah Lopez / # 5 / Outside Hitter / Leads team in PPS average (3.3)
  • Rafael Leite / # 9 / Middle / Leads team with 40 blocks
  • Daniel Fontana / # 1 / Setter / Leads team in assists (296)

Humber

  • Dylan Devesceri / # 1 / Outside / Leads team in PPS average (4.3)
  • Andrew Blakey / # 14 / Middle / Leads team in blocks (20)
  • Jake Gomes / # 16 / Leads team in assists (537) and aces (50)

THE SIDELINE REPORT

Mohawk has a new slate of coaches, with Vinny Saporito taking over the helm.

Wayne Wilkins is the second winningest coach in Humber history, and now holds a mark of 349 OCAA and CCAA league and playoff wins, against only 121 losses. Wayne also has a rarity, and that is a CCAA National title to his credit.

WATCH "LIVE" ONLINE

You can catch all of the action on Humber Sports Network:  https://portal.stretchinternet.com/humber/

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE

http://ocaachampionships.com/championships/mvbl/2018-19/index