The Fanshawe Badminton team was represented in the OCAA Women's Singles and Doubles divisions this past weekend at the OCAA Provincial Championships, hosted by Seneca College. On Friday morning at the Championship banquet, Head Coach Matt Plachta was named the OCAA Coach of the Year and teammates Riley Hogan and Jodi Grobbecker were named League All-Stars.
In the Women's Singles Division, Fanshawe's Tilo Vaidya finished round robin play with a record of 2-3. After losing to the eventual champion in the semi-final, Vaidya faced off against Jessica Fang from St. Lawrence in the bronze medal final. Vaidya came through with the win in two straight sets 21-18, 21-15. This is the first OCAA Provincial medal in Women's Singles for Fanshawe since the 1993-94 season.
In the Women's Doubles Division, Fanshawe's Hogan and Grobbecker went into the OCAA Provincials Championships as the top seed in the west after going undefeated (5-0) during the West Regional Championships two weeks ago. At the Provincials, the ladies finished 2-3 in round robin play and then fell in the semi-finals to the team from Seneca. Fanshawe would match up against the Humber Hawks for the bronze. The Hawks would win in straight sets 25-12, 25-13 and the Falcons would finish in fourth place.
The Falcons finished the regular season in first place in the OCAA West Division with a record of 16-2. Fanshawe is ranked #2 in the CCAA National Rankings.
Fanshawe will now head to the OCAA Provincial Championships February 25-27 at Seneca College. In the quarter-finals, Fanshawe will take on the Trent Excalibur (15-5).
Thursday, Feb. 25:
OCAA Provincial Championship
@ Seneca College
Trent vs. Fanshawe – 6pm
The Fanshawe Women's Volleyball team (12-6) defeated the Seneca Sting (11-9) last weekend in a cross-over playoff game. With the win, Fanshawe has now earned a spot in the OCAA Provincial Championships being held February 25-27 at Canadore College in North Bay.
On Saturday evening, the Falcons hosted the Sting in an OCAA cross-over playoff game. In the first set, the Falcons jumped out to an early 4-2 lead on a pair of backrow attacks from Carley Nugteren. Seneca kept the game close but Fanshawe's attack kept them ahead, earning 13 of their first 15 points. The Falcons finished the game on a 9-4 run and took the set 25-19.
Seneca scored the first three points of the second set but the Falcons came right back and tied the game at three on an ace by Allysha Couch. With the game tied at 10, Couch had a huge block and the Falcons regained the lead. The Falcons were up 21-15 but the Sting weren't done, scoring the next four points to close the gap to two. A kill by Kristen Bond sealed the deal as Fanshawe won the set 25-22.
In the third set, Seneca again led early on. With the score 12-4 in favour of the Sting, Fanshawe took a timeout. After the timeout, a huge kill by Nugteren gave some life to the Falcons, but Fanshawe could not recover as Seneca would pull away and win the set 25-13.
The Falcons got right back on track with a big block to start the fourth set. With the game tied at 13, a block by Seneca gave them their first lead of the set. Nugteren came right back with a backrow kill for Fanshawe to tie the game. The Falcons took a two point lead on yet another Nugteren kill and the Sting called a timeout. Fanshawe went on to win the set 25-18 and win the match, 3 sets to 1. Nugteren finished with her season high in points with 22.
The Falcons will look to make some noise at this year's OCAA Provincial Championship, heading into the tournament as the third place team in the OCAA West Division. On Thursday, February 25, Fanshawe will take on the host Canadore Panthers (17-3) in the quarter-finals at 6pm.
Thursday, Feb. 25:
OCAA Provincial Championship
@ Canadore College
Canadore vs. Fanshawe – 6pm
The Fanshawe Men's Basketball team fell to the #3 CCAA ranked Sheridan Bruins (15-3) last Friday in their final game of the season. The Falcons finished the season with a record of 4-14.
On Friday night, the Falcons travelled to Sheridan for their final game of the year. After the first quarter, Fanshawe was only down by five, 15-10, but the Bruins pulled away and led 41-22 at the half. Sheridan won the game by a final score of 82-55. The Falcons were led by Jemaul Jones, who finished with 15 points.
Last week, the #11 CCAA ranked Women's Basketball team (14-4) won their final league game of the year and are now headed to the OCAA post season.
On Friday evening, the Falcons were on the road versus the Sheridan Bruins (2-16). In the first quarter, Fanshawe's defence was the key, holding their opponent to zero points for the third consecutive game. Fanshawe led 10-0 heading into the second quarter. Fanshawe led by as many as 37 in the game, as the Falcons went on to win 54-20. Fanshawe's Mikhaila Wright led all players with 13 points.
Fanshawe will now host a cross over playoff game on Saturday, February 27 at 1pm. They won't know their opponent until after Wednesday when the OCAA East Division wraps up their regular season.
Saturday, Feb. 27:
Playoff Cross Over Game
TBD vs. Fanshawe – 1pm
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