Jayvon Mitchum, Sports Reporter
A year off for medical reasons didn’t slow down Humber Hawks’ volleyball middle blocker Maximum Crowder.
The second-year electromechanical engineering student has been key in the volleyball team’s spectacular and perfect regular season record, winning every game against every team they’ve faced this year.
Crowder was acknowledged for his amazing skills during Humber’s game against Cambrian Golden Shield on Feb. 9, notching a career-high record of 14 kills on 23 swings, which helped push their winning streak to 16 straight while on the path of its 18-0 season. That made him the athlete of the week for Feb. 10.
Crowder thanked Humber for the honour of being athlete of the week.
“It’s great to be recognized,” he said. “It was a big confidence booster and it shows how athletics is seeing how much work we’re putting in and how we’re getting the job done.”
The men’s volleyball team has had an incredible regular season, winning 18 straight games, the longest record the program ever set. Add to it an 11-2 preseason record.
Their last game against St. Clair Saints put their record to rest, with the team winning 3-0, and setting them in first in the Western Division.
His rookie teammate Safon Manning is proud Crowder is being recognized for his hard work and what he does for the team.
“I consider it as a great accomplishment,” Manning said.
“He works hard and comes to practice every day so it’s not really much of a surprise,” the outside hitter said. “It was actually something that I would expect.”
Head coach Wayne Wilkins said Crowder has excelled throughout the season.
“It was a given that he was going to receive the honour,” he said. “Considering that he was off the team for a year and he came back due to medical reasons, he’s showing how he’s taking advantage of the time off and being a great part of the team.”
The men’s volleyball team is set to host an OCAA crossover against East Division’s Centennial Colts on Feb. 22.
“We hope to come out undefeated within our season and within the event we’re hosting,” Crowder said. “Hopefully we also come out in first place within provincials, so that’s something to look forward too.”