Recap by Aideena Wickstrom
ETOBICOKE, ON: The Humber Hawks women's volleyball team finally returned home for their first game at the Humber Athletic Centre since the season opener on October 25, and the result was a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-23) win over Hamilton's Mohawk Mountaineers. With the win, the Hawks move to 4-1 on the season, while Mohawk drops to 3-3.
In the first set of the match, the Hawks showed the Mountaineers that they were ready to play. The first three points of the set were kills by each one of the front row attackers. This forced Mohawk to call an early timeout at 4-0. The Hawks continued to stay disciplined, nailing down kill after kill and increasing their lead. A serving run by Danae Campana hurdled the Hawks to 23-13, pushing Mohawk into a hole they could not recover from. An attacking error by Mohawk finalized the set at 25-15.
The Humber Hawks took a four point lead in the second set, but Mohawk caught up following a few unforced errors by the home side. From there, the Hawks battled back and forth with the Mountaineers. As Mohawk was hot on Humber's trail, the Hawks pushed to keep momentum on their side. This tight game was widened after a serving run by freshman middle Rossella Falcomer. The final score was 25-22.
Down 6-2 in the third set, Humber was forced to call an early timeout. As the Hawks re-entered the court, they spent the first half of game trying to catch up to the lead that the Mountaineers earned. With strong offence at the net by Julia Watson, the Hawks slowly gained momentum once again. Following this, two strong serving runs by Alex Krstonosic and Julia Watson, catapulted the Hawks into the lead at 21-18. This forced Mohawk to call a timeout. Entering the court again, the Hawks gave away multiple points to unforced errors. This let Mohawk sneak in, but still down 24-23. With the final point on the line, the Mountaineers served the ball out of bounds and ended the set at 25-23.
Libero Kyla Wilkins added another 7 digs onto her quickly growing record. She has now pushed the Humber Hawks career digs record to 461.
Next, the Hawks will travel to Sheridan College to take on the Bruins, November 21st.