George Brown women's volleyball moved within one game of assuring themselves a spot in a crossover match on Thursday night thanks to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-21) sweep of Georgian. It was perhaps the Huskies most impressive performance of the season in their biggest game to date, as second-year head coach Daphne Choi continues to spearhead an incredible turnaround.
"We came out aggressively tonight, and that was big for us," said Choi. "When we play aggressively it makes all the difference in the world, in this league you can expect anything to happen on a given night. We came out and did what we had to do."
OCAA All-Star Tiana Samuel led the way, finishing with 11 kills, five service aces and seven digs on the night. She came through in a big way in the third and deciding set, where the Huskies rallied back from being down 17-13 to nab the win.
"Tiana was our player of the game, she made herself consistently available all night," said Choi. "Whether it was serving, attacking or digging she was all over the place. When Tiana plays like that she's a real difference-maker for us."
It looks as though the Huskies will face one of Humber, St. Clair or Fanshawe should they qualify for a crossover game, and a win in Saturday's regular-season finale would assure them that spot.
The programs ascension to playoff contender has been noteworthy, with a one-year jump from 2-16 to 7-10 with a game remaining. A combination of reinvigorated culture, newcomers and great camaraderie have pushed George Brown to a new level.
The men's team fell to 9-8 after a 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 15-10) down to the wire loss. After evening things up at two sets apiece in an impressive fourth set effort, the home side was in a back-and-forth fifth and deciding set battle with the now 15-2 Grizzlies.
Trailing 12-9 in the deciding set and with momentum, a double-touch was called on the home side. Third-year head coach Garrett May was animated after the call, and unfortunately, a red card was given costing the Huskies a point and serve at an absolutely crucial point.
"I asked our guys earlier in the season whether they'd rather I fight in a situation like that or play it safe," said May. "They unanimously said they'd rather I fight. We'll protest it and I didn't think I deserved it, but we are all in it together."
Vivek Mathimakki was his usual outstanding self, finishing with 12 kills on 47 total attacks. Tonight's performance may well be the programs best against an elite program in years, and the Huskies have been right there with 15-3 La Cite as well.
"I'm honestly not that happy with the way we played, we have a few key positions that didn't perform and we lost the sets when we gave up four or five service aces," added May. "If not for those mental mistakes, this is a game we could easily have won."
George Brown is currently sixth in the east and it appears they will hit the road looking to win their third straight crossover playoff game next weekend.
The Huskies will close the regular season on Saturday afternoon when they play host to Centennial at St. James. Women's game gets underway at 1 p.m., men's game at 3 p.m.