Women’s volleyball victorious in home opener but drop second game

by | Nov 11, 2019 | Sports, Varsity

Jayvon Mitchum, Sports Reporter

The Humber Hawks women’s volleyball team split its first two games of the season. 

The Hawks won its home opener beating Niagara Knights 3-0 on Oct. 30, but dropped its second game 3-2 on Nov. 2 against the Mountaineers at Mohawk College. 

Last year, they were third in the OCAA Western Division with a record of 14-4. They were behind last year’s champs the Fanshawe Falcons (18-0) and  the St. Clair Saints (15-3). 

Hawks middle blocker Shiann Williams (left) returns the ball against Niagara. Humber won in three straight sets. (Humber Athletics)

Humber also saw its winning streak of 155 matches over eight seasons snapped a year ago by St. Clair. 

But for this season, Humber has bigger things in mind.

Head coach Chris Wilkins, in his 19th season at the helm, said “winning the provincial championship” and “competing in Nationals” are on the team’s to-do list.

“I think we have a real strong team this year, that’s a good mix between experienced players and young players, so we’re pretty excited,” Wilkins said. Assistant Coach Mandi Doris said the Hawks are focused on their short-term and long-term goals.

“Our ultimate goal is winning the championships,” Doris said. “Our small little goals that we have is winning each game up until that, in order to make the championships.” She said the squad will be working to improve “from the ground up. All the experience that we got over the exhibition season we’re going to use to get the win,” Doris said. 

Volleyball players and staff are optimistic and fans are excited.

Noel Honnigan, a Behavioural Sciences student, said that she’s eager about what they could achieve this season.  

He said he supports the team as much as he can by seeing their games, 

“I want them to win, complete nationals and bring a championship home for Humber,” Honnigan said.