By: Giovanni Siciliano
The Humber Hawks men’s volleyball team took down the Redeemer Royals last night 3-1 in what was a crucial West Division match-up. Humber lost the first set 23-25, but didn’t look back after that. They went on to win the next 3 sets 25-19, 27-25, and 26-24 to secure the victory.
The win pushed the Hawks into first place of the West Division and are now 11-1 on the season. The Hawks are in a great position to finish as one of the top two seeds heading into the Championships which Humber will be hosting in February. The Hawks are riding a 5-game winning streak and outside hitter, Rrezart Sadiku, thinks the team is playing at an all-time high, but wants them to stay composed.
“We never take what we have for granted. We understand we are a great team and we’re doing great things this year but we still go hard every day on the court and in the weight room. We prepare for every match the same way despite the opponent,” Sadiku said. Keeping their eye on the prize is what the Hawks are living by this year. Regardless of where the Hawks are in the standings, Sadiku says that they need to stay focused. “Typically, we stick to what’s been working for us all season and those moments like at Redeemer, we chose to embrace it because that’s preparing us for the Championships. Everyone wants to beat the H.”
Other members of the Hawks all share the same thoughts. Another outside hitter, Dylan Devecseri, has been out with a concussion as of late, but is watching his team closely from the sidelines. “The guys have been rolling through wins this season. Our biggest challenge this season is taking it one step at a time. We need to keep doing the little things every day, staying committed in the gym, practice and staying together as a team. Our team is big this year so staying healthy and being ready is our main focus,” Devecseri said.
The win against the Royals was a big confidence boost for the team, but Dylan says they have to keep looking forward. “Sunday is a new opportunity so until then our guys will be focusing every day on doing the small things that make the biggest difference. We have big goals this season and every day is one step closer to achieving them.”
The Hawks will look to continue this hot streak as they take on the Conestoga Condors in Kitchener on Sunday at 3 p.m.