In their first ever CCAA National Championship appearance, the Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team (22-3) was crowned the 2016 CCAA Bronze Medalists this past weekend at the CCAA National Championship in New Westminster, British Columbia.
On Wednesday night at the CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship banquet, Falcons Head Coach Patrick Johnston was named the CCAA Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year. The 2015-16 season was Johnston's third consecutive season being named the OCAA West Coach of the Year, but this is the first time in Fanshawe's history that a head coach of the volleyball program has received the CCAA honour.
On Thursday evening, the Falcons took to the court versus the #7 ranked Keyano Huskies in the quarter-finals. Fanshawe fell behind early in the first set and were down 7-2 but rallied and came back to win the set 25-21. In the second, the Falcons dominated
at the net, putting up huge blocks. Fanshawe won the set by a final score of 25-14. In the third, the Huskies once again took a commanding 7-2 lead to start the set but Fanshawe took a timeout, regrouped and came back with their own 8-0 run to take the lead. The Falcons would go on to win the set 25-22 and the match 3-0. James Jackson was named Fanshawe's Player of the Game with 15 points in the match. With the win, the Falcons would head to the semi-finals to take on the #3 ranked Titans de Limoilou.
On Friday night, Fanshawe took on the Titans in the CCAA Semi-Final. The Falcons struggled to run their offence in the match, falling in three straight sets 25-16, 25-20 and 25-20. Fanshawe's setter Sebastian Lethbridge was named the Player of the Game for the Falcons. With the loss, the Falcons would head to the bronze semi-final versus the Mohawk Mountaineers.
On Saturday morning, Fanshawe took on their rivals from the OCAA. It was a tight match from the start, with neither team giving up any ground but the Falcons came out on top, winning each set by two points (28-26, 25-23, 26-24). Fanshawe's Derek Braun was named the Player of the Game with 15.5 points, including 12 kills. The Falcons would head to the bronze medal game versus the host Douglas College Royals.
In the bronze final on Saturday evening, Fanshawe would battle it out versus the Royals. The Falcons would come out victorious, winning in three straight sets 25-22, 25-20 and 25-22. With the win, the Falcons captured the CCAA bronze medal. Fanshawe's David Gundrum was named the Player of the Game with an impressive 22 digs.
The Falcons had a fantastic tournament, finishing with a record of 3-1. For their phenomenal play throughout the tournament, Fanshawe's Jackson was named a First Team Championship All Star, while Gundrum was named a Second Team All Star.
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