Hawks’ Devecseri stellar in return as men’s volleyball team beats Boreal

by | Jan 28, 2019 | Headlines, Sports, Varsity

Jeremy Yudin, Sports Reporter

Hawks star player Dylan Devecseri made a strong return from injury as the men’s volleyball team wins in three straight sets against the Boreal Vipers.

His return from injury doesn’t seem to have hampered his ability.

Devecseri was The Hawk Nation player of the game and finished with a game high 16 kills in the Jan. 26 game.

He returned to the roster with Xavier Reid, who was also injured.

“It was (Devecseri and Reid’s) first game back which was great, and they got a chance to play all three sets,” said coach Wayne Wilkins.

“We gotta keep working hard each game,” said Hawks player Jake Gomes.

“(Boreal) beat the team that we’re facing (Jan. 27) so we still gotta keep our heads up,” he said.

Gomes, wearing alternate coloured knee pads, gave Humber a big boost at the service line, nailing three straight service aces to start the match.

Humber jumped to an early 6-0 lead, and were able to carry the momentum into the rest of the set, winning 25-12.

As the game opened up, so did Wilkins’ bench. Every Hawks player was on the court in the second set.

“It’s very important actually getting all of our guys in, trying to warm up for our big game against Fanshawe,” Reid said.

Hawks’ Dylan Devecseri spikes the ball towards the Boreal defence. (Jeremy Yudin)

The second set was more competitive, as Humber held a 11-7 lead. After another service ace from Gomes, Humber was able to cruise to the end of the set with a score of 25-18.

While both teams were tied 6-6 in the final set, Devecseri showed no signs of rust as Humber scored four straight points, including three kills from him, and the Hawks never looked back.

“We set minor goals on our team individually in between points of the game just to keep the guys focused and you know what, they had fun tonight which was awesome,” Wilkins said.

Humber’s win streak is at seven games heading into Sunday’s contest against Cambrian.

Wilkins said his focus leading up to the OCAA championship is to get players like Devecseri back up to game speed.

“We’ve got three or four weeks before (the OCAA championship), and we’re just fine-tuning,” he said.

Humber will face the number one seed Fanshawe Falcons in a big game 3 p.m. Saturday.