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January 25, 2016

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL:

 

The CCAA #3 ranked Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team defeated the #4 ranked Niagara Knights (10-3) this week to improve to 11-2 on the season.  Fanshawe now has sole possession of first place in the OCAA West Division.

 

On Saturday afternoon, two of the CCAA's best teams met as the Falcons hosted the Niagara Knights in a battle for first place in the OCAA West.  The energy in the gym was electric as the Falcons took the lead early in the first set and didn't look back, taking the set 25-20.  Andre Foreman led the Falcons with five points. 

 

Fanshawe continued to dominate to start the second set and were leading 19-11.  However, Niagara came all the way back and even took the lead 24-23 but a huge kill by Cody Osiecki tied the game.  With the score 27-26 for Fanshawe, an unforced error by the Knights gave the Falcons the win and a commanding two sets to none lead.

 

In the third set, Fanshawe's relentless attack continued and with the score 13-10 in favour of the Falcons, setter Sebastian Lethbridge dropped a short serve ace into the court, completely throwing off the Knights, forcing them to take a timeout. After the timeout, Lethbridge put up a massive solo block and the crowd erupted as Fanshawe pulled away and won the set 25-19.

 

With a very balanced attack, five different Falcons starters scored at least seven points in the match. James Jackson led the way with 11 points.

 

Fanshawe returns to action on Tuesday, January 26, when they head to Conestoga to take on the Condors (3-9). The game starts at 8pm. Back in October when these teams last met, the Falcons won the match in three straight sets.

 

Upcoming Games:

Tuesday, Jan. 26:

#3 Fanshawe @ Conestoga – 8pm

Saturday, Jan. 30:

#9 Mohawk vs. #3 Fanshawe – 3pm

Wednesday, Feb. 3:

Redeemer vs. #3 Fanshawe – 8pm

 

 

 

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL:

The Fanshawe Women's Volleyball team defeated the #12 ranked Niagara Knights (9-4) this week and now have sole possession of second place in the OCAA West Division.

 

On Saturday afternoon, the Fanshawe Women's Volleyball team hosted the Knights. The Falcons jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind some tough serving by Fanshawe's setter Darian Gropp. The Falcons pulled away to finish the set on a 9-3 run and win 25-15. Fanshawe's Carley Nugteren finished the set with six points.

 

The Falcons started the second set with four straight aces by Fanshawe's Allysha Couch. Teams traded points back and forth but Fanshawe never gave up their lead and with the Falcons leading 16-10, Niagara took a timeout. Fanshawe came right out and extended their lead to as many as eight and went on to win the set by a final score of 25-20.

 

Niagara came out with more energy to start the third set and led by four points, 7-3. Fanshawe battled back and tied the game 8-8 behind a pair of aces by Nugteren. Both teams went point for point until Gropp went back and served an ace to give the Falcons a two point lead, 22-20. After a Niagara timeout, Gropp continued her run and served up two more aces, leading the Falcons to the 25-22 win. Fanshawe would win the match in three straight sets. The Falcons served up 16 aces as a team, the most this season in any three set match for Fanshawe.

 

Fanshawe returns to action on Tuesday, January 26, when they head to Conestoga to take on the Condors (3-9). The game starts at 6pm. The Falcons won their last meeting with the Condors back in October, 3 sets to 1.

 

Upcoming Games:

Tuesday, Jan. 26:

Fanshawe @ Conestoga – 6pm

Saturday, Jan. 30:

Mohawk vs. Fanshawe – 1pm

Wednesday, Feb. 3:

Redeemer vs. Fanshawe – 6pm

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

 

The Fanshawe Men's Basketball team dropped a pair of games this past week and fell to 0-13 on the season.

On Wednesday night, the Fanshawe Falcons hosted the St. Clair Saints (5-7). In the first quarter, third year forward Jemaul Jones was big on the glass for the Falcons, finishing the first with 9 points and 3 rebounds. At the end of the first quarter, the game was tied at 14. St. Clair knocked down a pair of three pointers to start the second quarter to take a six point lead. Fanshawe continued to pound the ball inside and were within two but the Saints outside shooting kept them in the lead. At the half, the Saints led 33-30.

 

St. Clair started the first two minutes of the third quarter on a 13-3 run, forcing the Falcons to take time and regroup. After the timeout, Connor Therrien scored five straight to help the Falcons close the gap to seven. Jones continued to dominate on the offensive end for the Falcons, scoring another seven points in the quarter but the Saints still led 72-56 with one quarter to play. Fanshawe made a run in the fourth but couldn't come back, falling to the Saints by a final score of 92-77.

 

On Saturday, the Falcons hosted the #5 ranked Mohawk Mountaineers (10-2). Fanshawe started the game on a 5-0 run, with Mohawk starting the game out ice cold, missing their first 12 shots from the field. The Falcons led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter. Mohawk came out with more energy to start the second and cut the lead to six but Fanshawe's Jemaul Jones hit back to back layups and with six minutes left in the half, the lead was back to double digits. At the half, Fanshawe led the game 38-32. Jones led the Falcons with 13 points and 4 rebounds.

 

Fanshawe started the third quarter right where they left off with a three point basket by Frank Ngakoutou to push the lead to nine. Unfortunately, the Falcons were in the penalty with four minutes left and Mohawk took advantage. The Mountaineers went on a 10-2 run and at the end of the third quarter, the Falcons only led 59-56. Halfway through the final quarter, the Falcons were maintaining their lead and still led the Mountaineers 67-64. However, Mohawk scored the next six points and took a 70-67 lead, forcing the Falcons to take a timeout with three minutes remaining. Down the stretch Mohawk hit enough free throws to seal the game and won by a final score of 78-72.

 

Fanshawe returns to action on Saturday, January 30, when they head to Ancaster, Ontario to take on the Redeemer Royals (4-8). The game starts at 8pm.

 

Upcoming Games:

Saturday, Jan. 30:

Fanshawe @ Redeemer – 8pm 

Thursday, Feb. 4:

Niagara vs. Fanshawe – 8pm

Saturday, Feb. 13:

Cambrian vs. Fanshawe – 8pm

 

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

 

The Women's Basketball team went 1-1 this past week, defeating the #14 ranked St. Clair Saints (8-3) before falling to the Mohawk Mountaineers (9-3).  Fanshawe is currently tied for second place in the OCAA West Division and is ranked #10 in the CCAA.

 

On Wednesday night, Fanshawe hosted the #14 St. Clair Saints. Defence was the story of the first quarter with the score just 6-4 for Fanshawe after five minutes of play.  Fanshawe finished the quarter on a 7-1 run and led 16-11 after one quarter of play.  Fanshawe continued to push, scoring the first six points of the second, extending their lead to double digits, 22-11.  However, the Saints exploded for seven points in the final two minutes of the half, cutting the Falcons lead to just two points, 24-22, at the break.  Fanshawe's Natalie Warren led the way with 6 points and 6 rebounds.

 

Mikhaila Wright started the third quarter off with a steal and a basket to get the Falcons right back on track.  With the Falcons up by six, back to back three-point baskets by St. Clair tied the game at 37. After the Saints took a 39-37 lead, Fanshawe's Jacoby Sanchez made a runner in the lane to tie the game at the end of three quarters. The Saints started the fourth on a 6-2 run, but the Falcons wouldn't break.  Laura Vere made four consecutive free throws and with five minutes remaining, the game was once again tied.  Vere then set up her teammates with a pair of nice assists to give the Falcons a four point lead, 51-47, with four minutes remaining.  The Falcons were on an impressive 16-2 run with one minute remaining before St. Clair's Sarah Bondy made it interesting, knocking down three three-point baskets in just 40 seconds, cutting the lead to just five.  Fanshawe closed out the game and won by a final score of 65-58.

 

On Saturday evening, the Fanshawe Women's Basketball team hosted the Mohawk Mountaineers.  Both teams started the first quarter taking the ball inside the paint.  With the score tied 4-4, Mohawk moved outside  and couldn't miss as JenJen Abella of Mohawk hit three three-pointers in the quarter and led 24-13 after the first.  After three minutes had gone by in the second quarter, neither team had scored.  The Falcons held Mohawk to just five points in the quarter but found themselves down by eight, 29-21, at the half.  Anique Daley led the Falcons in scoring with 6 points.

 

Laura Vere started the third quarter with a big three pointer from the corner to cut the lead to five.  Mohawk took advantage inside, and led by as many as 13 in the quarter but Fanshawe battled back and with one minute left in the third, Fanshawe found themselves only down by six.  The Falcons tried to comeback in the fourth but couldn't get any closer than six, eventually losing by a final score of 61-50.

 

Fanshawe returns to action next Saturday, January 30, when they head to Redeemer to take on the Royals (5-7).  The game starts at 6pm.  In their last matchup, Fanshawe won at home, 78-55

 

Upcoming Games:

Saturday, Jan. 30:

#10 Fanshawe @ Redeemer – 6pm

Thursday, Feb. 4:

Niagara vs. #10 Fanshawe – 6pm

Saturday, Feb. 13:

Cambrian vs. #10 Fanshawe – 6pm

 

 

BADMINTON:

 

The Falcons Badminton team were on the road in Windsor, Ontario this past weekend, taking part in the St. Clair College Invitational.

 

Riley Hogan played in three separate events for the Falcons, losing in the semifinals of mixed doubles with partner Thao Le, as well as in the quarter finals of both the Women's Singles and Women's Doubles event with partner Tilu Vaidya.  Le also played in the Men's Doubles division with teammate Anush Kumark and lost in the semifinals 2-1.

 

 

CURLING:

 

The Fanshawe Men's and Women's curing teams competed in the Niagara College Bonspiel this past weekend.  The Men's team finished 0-3 and the Women finished 1-2, with all draws being close.  This was a warmup for the OCAA Provincial Championships being held at Confederation College from Feb. 11-14.

 

Fanshawe is also preparing to host the CCAA National Curling Championships this March 23-26 at the Highland Country Club.

 

 

 

For more information on Fanshawe Athletics:

Web - www.fanshawec.ca/athletics

Phone - 519-452-4430 x6105

Email – rthorpe@fanshawec.ca