Jonathan Frasco, Sports Reporter
The Hawks men’s volleyball gained the valuable experience a young squad needs by battling top-quality competition at Humber’s annual tournament.
“I think the calibre of this tournament is quite possibly one of the best, not just in the OCAA but in the OUA [Ontario University Athletics] as well,” said Humber coach Wayne Wilkins.
Teams from colleges and universities across Canada — including the Universities of Ottawa and Western and Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) Limoilou from Quebec —participated in the battle for the Humber Cup between Sept. 27 and Sept. 29.
“I think if you can compete in this tournament and finish in the top three or four, it bodes well for how you can do in the year,” Wilkins said.
Humber got off to a good start against Mohawk Mountaineers opening day, winning 3-1 before falling to Limoilou in its next match by three sets to one.
The Hawks came back the next day with a win over the University of Ottawa in a 3-2 battle. Later, the Hawks lost 3-1 to the Western Mustangs.
Against Western, all games except for the fourth set were decided by two points, Wilkins noted. “That was some really good volleyball for September.”
Wilkins is more than happy with what he has seen so far from the team.“I’m excited to where I think we can get to, so I’m looking forward to see these guys develop,” he said.
The team finished the tournament with a 3-0 loss to Durham College early Sunday morning with University of Windsor taking first place over Western in the finals.
Rady Kim, the Hawks’ veteran setter, saw the tournament as an opportunity to help integrate new players on the team.
“A lot of young guys this year, a lot of opportunity for these new guys to prove to themselves and prove to league, prove to everyone we can hang,” Kim said.
He said patience is going to be key as the team needs to grow over the season but feels they can compete with anyone.
The Hawks continue its pre-season at a tournament at Seneca College against Conestoga Condors on Oct. 4.