Split start for Hawks women’s volleyball

by | Nov 23, 2019 | Sports, Varsity

Pablo Balza, Sports Reporter

Humber’s women varsity volleyball team is looking forward to this weekend’s road games against Conestoga in Kitchener and St. Clair in Windsor.

Last weekend’s match against the Fanshawe Falcons — ranked fourth in the country among college teams — didn’t go as planned, losing 3-1, at home on Nov. 15. They are now 2-2 and are fifth in the OCAA West Division.

“Our performance wasn’t the best but next game we will be ready,” said Hawks’ outside hitter Danae Campana.

Fanshawe recorded nine blocks, 55 digs and 10 aces, compared to Humber’s six blocks, 43 digs and five aces.

The game, however, was marked with strong individual efforts including 14 kills and three blocks by right side Julia Watson to lead the Hawks, while middle blocker Alex Krstonosic had 11 kills, two blocks and an ace.

During the first few minutes of the first set against the 6-0 Falcons, Humber couldn’t find their rhythm as Fanshawe took a 7-1 lead. Hawks’ coach Chris Wilkins called a time- out to analyze the problems defence was facing while looking for ways to improve before the first set was over.

Despite Humber not giving up, the Falcons took the first set with a 25-13 score.

The Hawks jumped in with a better mindset in the second set. Krstonosic led the Hawks to take an 8-4 lead with a six-point service run.

That was followed with a block and a kill by right side Julia Watson who extended Humber’s lead by six. Outside hitter Oliva Foley had a few kills that finalized the second set with a 25-16 tally.

The game then slipped away from the Hawks, although they were able to take a lead in the third set, due to blocks by Krstonosic and setter Alex Bartman.

The score seesawed between the teams but Humber came up short with a 31-29 tally in the third set before losing the fourth set 25-19. During the third and fourth sets, both teams focused to make no mistakes due to the intensity of the game and the crowd.

During the game, the Hawks came up short finishing the third set by 31-29 and 25-19 in the fourth.

Humber faces the 2-5 Conestoga in Kitchener on Saturday and the 4-1 Saints in Windsor on Sunday.