Humber men’s volleyball keeps winning streak alive against Cambrian

by | Jan 29, 2019 | Headlines, Sports

Paige McGowan, Sports Reporter

It was another successful weekend for the Humber Hawks men’s volleyball team as they deliver back-to-back sweeps against Boreal and Cambrian.

A big triple block from Humber players, Eduardo Silva Ferreira (left), Colin Skanes (middle) and Jaskarn Kalsi (right) against Cambrian hitter. (Paige McGowan)

“I’m excited to see where these guys can go because I know we haven’t hit our ceiling yet,” said Hawks Head Coach Wayne Wilkins after winning their seventh straight game when the team hosted the Cambrian Golden Shield to close their weekend home stretch.

In this match, the Hawks dominated the opposing team in three straight sets while displaying the depth — and strength — of the entire bench.

The Hawks asserted its dominance early on, by starting off strong in the first set quickly taking a 6-2 lead over the Golden Shield.

Returning from an injury, Dylan Devecseri proved he is still a force to be reckoned with, leaving the Cambrian defence motionless after a strong kill on the left side.

Cambrian head coach Tom Sutton called the first timeout of the match after Humber got an eight-point lead on his team, hoping it would give his players a chance to regroup and strategize a new game plan.

The breather offered no solace for the Shield.

The Hawks continued to assert its dominance after the timeout as Devecseri made another impressive kill after making a solid defensive play.

The Hawks were victorious in the first set as Andrew Blakey got a big kill from the middle position, ending with a final score of 25-14.

It was clear that Cambrian didn’t intend the loss of the first game affect the next two matches as they stepped up and put up a worthy fight. But the Golden Shield found a brick wall by the net in the second match named John Obi.

Denying access to his side of the court, Obi made two huge blocks to start off the second match.

However, Cambrian managed to keep up with Humber in the beginning, tying the score of 4-4.

“Our passing got much better in the second match, which allowed us to run some middle and some pipe and that gave us some opportunity,” Sutton said.

The score remained close throughout the second set until Devecseri was back in the frontcourt and resumes his kills on the left side.

The Hawks stepped up their game when the score was at 19-17.

Jake Gomes left Cambrian speechless after a killer service ace pushed Humber further ahead. Finishing off the set with a left side kill was Kamyn Wilkins, bringing the final score to 25-18.

The Hawks earned its lead in third set with a big middle kill by Obi.

Following Obi was Eduardo Silva Ferrero with two big kills on the left side of the court.

The Hawks were superior not only on offence but on defence as well, as Collin Skanes guarded the Hawks court with an impenetrable middle block.

Cambrian made some good defensive plays that helped keep them stay in the game, but it wasn’t enough to pull them ahead.

“They’re a big, skilled, dynamic team and we knew they were going to go after us and they did,” Cambrian coach Sutton said. “They served us really tough in the first set and took us apart a bit and the next two sets we passed much better which gave us some opportunity.

“They’re huge at the net so if you’re not passing extremely well you’re going to have a hard time scoring,” he said.

The game was over quickly as Devecseri nailed down the final kill of the game on the right side, ending with a final score of 25-17.

Humber setter Jake Gomes prove setters can hit too as he goes back for consecutive powerful serves. (Paige McGowan)

“These guys are quite possibly one of the most unselfish teams,” Wilkins said. “They really don’t care who gets the credit they just all want to play well and I think it bodes to a great team culture.”

The lead scorer in the match was Devecseri with 13 kills while Obi earned The Hawk Nation player of the game with five kills and a service ace.

“Everyone on the team played really well, we play really well together and I couldn’t have done it without them,” Obi said.

The Hawks have a week to train before travelling to London to take on the Number One ranked team in the nation, Fanshawe Falcons.

“We have OC’s first, the Ontario Championships here at Humber and we want everyone to come on out and then we have Nationals in Edmonton at Red deer two weeks after OC’s,” Wilkins said.

“Whenever you’re the host there’s a little bit of pressure on you to perform, but these guys have done it all year, they’re a great group and I know it’s their goal to play in the final,” he said,