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By THAKURJIT SAGGU Staff Writer The Knights have started their season of 2-0 after sweeping the Mohawk Mountaineers, of Hamilton, 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-15). The win gave the women’s volleyball team their first home win of the season. The Knights defeated the St. Clair Saints, of Windsor, in their first game although they did struggle at the start when they came on looking nervous. Against the Mountaineers, the team came out strong. “I think we dictated the pace of the game from five points into the game until the end,” said Head Coach Joey Martins. Despite having some things to work on, such as the blocking, the Knights played an improved game from last game and the players were generally impressed with the outing. “This game we executed everything almost perfectly,” said Nicole Schoonderwoerd, middle blocker. “We came together as a team whether we won or lost a point.” The sentiment was shared among the players. “Our team together did very well. Strong at the net, which put me in a better position,” said Libero Kennisis VanSoelen. “I think our team together did fantastic for our first home opener.” The Knights pushed the entire game and the Mountaineers were unable to mount a sustained attack to get back into it. “Our team never looked back. We kept pushing and pushing and that’s why the game ended the way it did,” said Martins. “Our consistency was a little bit better. We had 12 aces so our serve is good, and it put a lot of pressure on [Mohawk].” Bailey Davis, a first-year setter, and Schoonderwoerd had exceptional games, but Martins said without an entire team effort it would be difficult for an individual. “I think Bailey did a great job distributing. … Nicole had a fantastic game today,” said Martins. “It’s a total team effort. If we don’t pass the ball, Nicole doesn’t get the ball. If we don’t pass the ball, Bailey can’t run the offence she can. As a whole, I think we did great.” The next challenge for the Knights is against the Redeemer Royals, of Ancaster, which will be played away on Nov. 7.