It came down to a thrilling fifth-set tie break, but in the end it was the Mohawk Mountaineers who claimed the gold medal at the 2014 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men’ s Volleyball Championship hosted at Georgian College in Barrie.
After claiming the first set 25-22, the Mountaineers found themselves in trouble dropping two straight sets to the OCAA’s top ranked team the Humber Hawks by scores of 25-16 and 25-22.
With their backs against the wall, the Mountaineers staved off elimination multiple times and eventually got the better of the Hawks in an incredible 30-28 fourth set, sending the match to a fifth set tie break.
In the game’s final frame, the Mountaineers carried all the momentum and clinched the gold medal with a 15-8 set to win the match 3-2.
Mohawk’s Trevor McLaughlin put together a 21 point performance in the final game including 18 kills while adding 14 digs. Terrel Bramwell, who was named the championships most valuable player, had a brilliant performance in the final for Humber as he posted 27 kills in helping his team earn the silver medal.
For the Mountaineers, it was their fourth consecutive year medalling at the OCAA Championship and their first gold medal since the 2007-08 season. Humber has now medalled in four of the last five years and returned to the podium after being shut out a season ago.
Both the Mountaineers and the Humber Hawks have qualified for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship which takes place March 4 through 8 at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Sask.
After winning each of their semi-final matches in the third place side, the Fanshawe Falcons and Algonquin Thunder squared off for the bronze medal in their second games of the day. Algonquin, pushed to the limit by the Durham Lords in a five-set marathon in the semis, seemed to run out of gas in the bronze final.
Fanshawe came out aggressively, leading to a clean 3-0 sweep over the Thunder by set scores of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-22 to earn the bronze medal at the championship.
Derek Braun was named player of the game for Fanshawe after a 13-point effort while Ian McAlpine was awarded player of the game for Algonquin with a 7 point effort.
The bronze medal is Fanshawe’s first medal at the event since the 2006-07 season when they also earned bronze.
Championship final results
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
1 p.m. Game 1: George Brown College vs. Fanshawe College -W 3-0
3 p.m. Game 2: Mohawk College -W vs. Algonquin College 3-0
6 p.m. Game 3: Niagara College vs. Durham College -W 3-2
8 p.m. Game 4: Georgian College vs. Humber College – W 3-0
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
1 p.m. Game 5: George Brown vs Algonquin – W 3-2
3 p.m. Game 6: Niagara-W vs. Georgian 3-1
6 p.m. Game 7: Fanshawe vs Mohawk W 3-1
8 p.m. Game 8: Durham vs. Humber W 3-0
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
9 a.m. Game 9: Fanshawe W vs Niagara 3-0
11 a.m. Game 10: Durham vs Algonquin W 3-2
4 p.m. Bronze Medal Match: Fanshawe W vs Algonquin 3-0
6 p.m. Gold Medal Match: Mohawk W vs Humber 3-2
2014 OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Fair Play Award
Jeremy Hoekstra – Durham Lords
2014 OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship All-Stars
Mathieu Poulin – Fanshawe Falcons
Philippe Yeldon – Algonquin Thunder
Bryce Marcussen – Mohawk Mountaineers
Andre Brown – Humber Hawks
Daniel Groenveld – Niagara Knights
Mark Kaveckas – Mohawk Mountaineers
2014 OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship MVP
Terrel Bramwell – Humber Hawks