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HAWKS HOSTS GEORGE BROWN ON SATURDAY AT HOME IN CROSSOVER PLAYOFF

HAWKS HOSTS GEORGE BROWN ON SATURDAY AT HOME IN CROSSOVER PLAYOFF

ETOBICOKE, ON: The Humber Hawks women's volleyball team (14-4, 3rd West) will begin the quest for their twelfth consecutive OCAA women's volleyball title at 1:00 pm this Saturday afternoon at the Humber Athletic Centre, as the George Brown Huskies (8-10, 5th East) roll in for a "crossover" playoff game. The winner will advance to the Final Eight Championship tournament which is being held on February 22-24, 2019 by Cambrian College in Sudbury.

OF NOTE HISTORICALLY

In their history of participation in OCAA women's volleyball, George Brown has never medaled at the OCAA Championships. The Hawks, as mentioned above, have won eleven straight crowns and a league best fifteen overall. Since 1989 (30 years), the Hawks have only missed out on the podium on six occasions.

The playoff archives are hard to navigate, but it is clear that the two teams have never met in regular season play, and sparingly at best in exhibition or tournament play.

ON A ROLL

George Brown has won three consecutive matches, all 3-0 sweeps of Centennial, Georgian and Loyalist. Centennial (11-7, 4th East) and Georgian (6-12, 7th East) are both playoff teams

Humber has won two straight and six of seven. Their latest win was a thrilling five-set road win over the Mohawk Mountaineers (13-5, 4th West)

HEAD TO HEAD – THE STAT FACTOR

 

HUMBER

Rank

GEO BRO

Rank

KILLS

618

8th

514

12th

KILLS PER SET %

9.97

8th

9.02

10th

TOTAL ATTACKS

1784

7th

1683

10th

HITTING %

0.23

5th

0.14

13th

ASSISTS

569

7th

422

15th

ASSISTS PER SET %

9.18

5th

7.4

12th

ACES

150

12th

160

8th

ACES PER SET %

2.42

13th

2.81

6th

DIGS

933

2nd

601

17th

DIGS PER SET %

15.05

2nd

10.54

15th

BLOCKS

94

8th

66

14th

BLOCKS PER SET %

1.52

8th

1.16

13th

 

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

George Brown

  • Tiana Samuel / # 9 / Outside Hitter / Leads team in PPS average (3.2) and kills (137)
  • Beatriz Vilches / # 4 / Middle / Leads team with 23 blocks and second in PPS average (3.1)
  • Jasmin Walia / # 12 / Setter / Leads team in assists (339), and has 10 aces and 9 blocks

Humber

  • Julia Watson / # 8 / Outside / Leads team in PPS average (3.1), 2nd in aces and 3rd in blocks
  • Rosella Falcomer / # 12 / Middle / Third on team in blocks (13), second on team in kills (76)
  • Alex Bartman / # 16 / Leads team in assists (386) and aces (28)

WHO'S ON FIRE

George Brown

  • The trio of Tiana Samuel (38), Allina Karpovnikova (33), Beatriz Vilches (32) have combined 103 offensive points in the last three matches – all wins

Humber

  • Julia Watson (19 K, 2 SA, 2 BS – 23 points) and Aideena Wickstrom (9 K, 3 SA, 3 BS – 15 points) were the stars of the match on Saturday – a 3-2 road win over Mohawk

THE SIDELINE REPORT

Daphne Choi, the head coach of the George Brown Huskies, is in her second year at the helm of the women's volleyball program. She has taken the a program that was 2-16 last year to six wins better, fifth in the East Division and a playoff spot this year.

Chris Wilkins is the winningest coach in Humber history, and now holds a mark of 355 OCAA and CCAA league and playoff wins, against only 47 losses. As mentioned earlier, he has led his team to eleven straight OCAA titles and his winning streak of 156 games was finally cut off earlier this year.

ADMISSION

As with all Humber Varsity events, admission to the playoff game is FREE, with complimentary popcorn and Humber swag (courtesy of Hawks Nation) at the door

WATCH "LIVE" ONLINE

You can catch all of the action on HSN – The Hawks Sports Network – CLICK HERE!

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