Mountaineers varsity highlights – March 3, 2023
Mountaineers varsity highlights – Mar. 2
Mohawk Mountaineer collected their fourth medal of the 2022-23 year after the women’s volleyball team successfully defeated the Seneca Sting 3-0 for the OCAA bronze medal.
It is the second consecutive year the women’s program has won a provincial medal, winning silver last season.
Despite not getting to the gold medal match, Mohawk showed grit throughout the OCAA Championship tournament. They dominated the Conestoga Condors – who finished with a better regular season record – in the quarter-final match. The Mountaineers just could not solve the Durham Lords in the semifinals, which forced them to the bronze match, later beating the Sting.
The Mountaineers men’s volleyball team fell just shy of adding another medal to the collection. They beat the Georgian Grizzlies to start the OCAA Championship tournament, which guaranteed they would play for a medal. However, Mohawk would lose to the Humber Hawks in the semifinals and then lose in four sets to the Cambrian Golden Shield in the bronze match.
Mohawk men’s basketball won their first playoff game since the 2015-16 season, defeating the Algonquin Wolves 96-77. The Mountaineers will now compete in the OCAA Championship tournament hosted at St. Clair College between March 3-5. Mohawk will open the tournament versus the Humber Hawks on Mar. 3 at 1 p.m.
Reminder: The Mountaineers announced that tickets for the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship are now on sale and can be found here.
Mountaineers Athletes of the Week
(in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association)
Anika Gatto (women’s volleyball)
Gatto (Coquitlam, BC) was named an OCAA Championship All-Star for her performance that led to the Mountaineers winning bronze. In three matches over the weekend, Gatto had a combined 40 digs and 13 assists in nine sets played.
Anthony Beijes (men’s volleyball)
Beijes (Hamilton, ON) was also named an OCAA Championship All-Star on the men’s side. Beijes provided 16 kills on a .500 attack percentage in Mohawk’s quarter-final win. The third-year outside hitter saw his usage increase as the tournament went on, adding 24 kills in the semi-final match.
In the bronze medal Beijes had another 19 kill performance.
Jerry Jr. Mercury (men’s basketball)
Mercury (Scarborough, ON) was named an OCAA Star of the Week. He has been a double-double machine this season for the Mohawk Mountaineers. In 17 regular season games played the second-year forward averaged 18.8 points and a league-best 10.6 rebounds, finishing with with 10 double doubles. And that success continued on Feb. 25 in an OCAA crossover playoff game against Algonquin. Mercury scored 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting and a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe while adding 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a 96-77 victory.
Feb. 25: Defeated the Algonquin Wolves 96-77 in the OCAA qualifying playoff round
Feb. 25: Lost 69-53 to the Algonquin Wolves in the OCAA qualifying playoff round
Feb. 23: Defeated the Conestoga Condors 3-0 in the OCAA quarterfinals
Feb 24: Lost 3-0 to the Durham Lords in the OCAA semifinals
Feb. 25: Won 3-0 over the Seneca Sting to win the OCAA bronze medal
Feb. 23: Defeated the Georgian Grizzlies 3-0 in the OCAA quarter-final match
Feb 24: Lost 3-1 to the Humber Hawks in the OCAA semifinals
Feb 25: Lost to the Cambrian Golden Shield 3-1 in the OCAA bronze match
Next week’s schedule
Friday, March 3
· Mountaineers men’s basketball play in the OCAA quarterfinals against the Humber Hawks at 1 p.m. A win will mean Mohawk plays in the semifinals on March 4 and in a medal game on March 5.
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