George Brown volleyball kicked 2019 off the right way on Saturday afternoon, sweeping the Algonquin Thunder and extending their combined win streak to six.
The women's team (4-7, 7th east) earned one of their most impressive victories in recent memory, a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-23) victory over the 8-3 Thunder.
First-year Husky Beatriz Vilches (Cienfuegos, Cuba) continues to round into form and show why she was such a highly touted recruit. The 5'10" middle controlled play at the net from the outset, largely slowing a normally potent Thunder attack while providing a rarely seen offensive threat from the centre of the court. Playing between dangerous strikers Tiana Samuel (Scarborough) and Ashley Lau (Toronto), George Brown has among the most versatile, athletic frontcourts in the division.
Vilches finished her afternoon with six kills, four service aces and two blocks, and the stats don't do justice to what type of an impact she made. Her presence alone at the net forced the Thunder into numerous unforced errors, and helped clear the way for Samuel and Lau to combine for 12 kills in the win. Jasmin Walia was her normal solid self at setter, finishing with 17 assists in a solid performance.
If the women can continue to play like this as 2019 rolls on, they are shaping up to be serious contenders come playoff time.
The men's team (7-4, 3rd east) earned their fourth straight win, a hard-fourth 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 16-25, 25-20) victory.
Vivek Mathimakki was unstoppable all afternoon, dominating to the tune of 17 kills and seven blocks. The outside hitter was attacking with vigor for all four sets, totalling 22 attacks while being incredibly efficient.
Nick Baker-Bell was his usual solid self, finishing with six kills and a pair of blocks. Yuseph Jackman was active at the net and racked up eight kills, while Perry Kumi and John Luu tallied five apiece.
Setter Pradeep Bhogal finished with 30 assists.
With the victory, the Huskies move into third in an extremely tight top of the east division standings and have an opportunity to further differentiate themselves against currently 6-2 La Cite on Sunday.
The Huskies are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they play host to the Coyotes at St. James, first serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.