Mountaineers varsity highlights – February 10, 2023
The banner season is in full effect, with conference playoffs just around the season.
The first OCAA Championship tournament began prior to the publication of this recap, with Mohawk Mountaineers men’s and mixed doubles curling participating in the provincial championship in Welland.
The eighth nationally ranked men’s basketball team is locked into a playoff spot and guaranteed to host an OCAA crossover playoff game on Feb. 25, after defeating the Sheridan Bruins 104-101 in overtime. The Mountaineers still have three games remaining in the season before playoffs begin and they hold the top spot in the OCAA West division, at 13-2.
With two games remaining, the Mountaineers women’s basketball team also clinched a playoff spot this past week, after winning 46-42 over the Sheridan Bruins.
Both women’s and men’s volleyball teams picked up crucial victories over the Niagara Knights and have been locked into a playoff spot for quite some time. However, they will continue to fight for a possible home playoff game heading into the final weekend of regular season play.
Mountaineers Athletes of the Week
(in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association)
Rachel Guanzon (women’s basketball)
Guanzon (Guelph, ON) receives the honours after a career game last Saturday versus the Lambton Lions. The third-year guard scored 30-points – a personal best – on eight-of-13 from beyond the arc, and added three rebounds and three steals to her statistics. Guanzon becomes the first Mountaineer to hit the 30-point milestone in a single-game since Sam Pocrnic did so on January 10, 2020.
Joel Sloots (men’s volleyball)
Also honoured as OCAA Star of the Week, Sloots (Hamilton, ON) and men's volleyball won two matches this week and have now won three consecutive. In the two matches, Sloots had a combined 16 kills on a 41.4 kill percentage. The second-year outside hitter added two service aces, five digs and three blocks.
Men’s Basketball (13-2)
Feb. 4: Won 106-66 over the Lambton Lions
Feb. 7: Defeated the Sheridan Bruins 104-101 in overtime
Women’s Basketball (3-11)
Feb. 4: Lost 89-71 to the Lambton Lions
Feb. 7: Picked up a 46-42 win over the Sheridan Bruins
Women’s Volleyball (10-7)
Feb. 4: Defeated the Niagara Knights 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-15, 27-25)
Men’s Volleyball (10-7)
Feb. 4: A 3-1 (27-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22) win over the Niagara Knights
Next week’s schedule
February 9 – 11
- Mountaineers men’s and mixed curling teams compete at the OCAA Championships in Welland, ON.
Saturday, February 11
- Mountaineers volleyball close out their regular season at home versus the Fanshawe Falcons. Women play at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m.
- Men’s basketball will make a one-day trip to play the Canadore Panthers at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15
- Both basketball teams will play their final road games of the 2022-23 season when they play cross-city rivals the Redeemer Royals. Women play at 6 p.m. and men tip-off at 8 p.m.