By Ryan McCracken on November 3, 2016.
The Hat High Mohawks boys volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with a resounding three-game sweep over the Crescent Heights Vikings (25-18, 25-18, 25-15) Wednesday at the Family Leisure Centre, keeping the standings tight with city playoffs just around the corner.
The victory pushes Hat High to 4-2 on the season in league play, tied with Senator Gershaw and awaiting the result of a match between the McCoy Colts (3-2) and the Eagle Butte Talons (5-0).
“I think this puts us in second, it’s a good feeling,” said Mohawks hitter Quinn Kannekens, adding the team has been building momentum ever since dropping their season opener to McCoy. “We’ve been pretty consistent all season. We had a rough game at the start but we did good, I think, in the end.”
While the Vikings closed out the regular season at 0-6, winning only one game on the season in a 3-1 loss to Brooks, coach Mike Jerred says the future is bright at Crescent Heights. Rules in the league mandate four games regardless of the score, which offers teams a chance to cycle in some young talent. While the Vikings still came up short, they shortened the gap to two points in a 26-24 loss.
“We’re a young team. We’ve got three Grade 12s, a couple Grade 11s and then a few Grade 10s so we’re quite a mix,” said Jerred. “The stats don’t say it but they’ve had a good season and we’re having a lot of fun.”
While it’s been a difficult year for the Vikings’ graduating class, Jerred says they’ve come to the court every day ready to compete while helping develop the school’s future stars.
“They’re great leaders, definitely,” said Jerred. “They set the tone every night, come to practices, work hard, they’re just all around great guys.”
Junior and varsity boys playoffs take place Wednesday at Crescent Heights, with games and times to be announced.