The #4 nationally ranked Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team continued their winning ways last week, as they swept both Sheridan and Niagara.
Wednesday evening on the road, the Falcons defeated the Sheridan Bruins 3-0. The top performer for the Falcons was Cole Jordan (London, ON), who had 14 points.
On Saturday afternoon in a packed gymnasium for Fanshawe Athletics annual Falcons Fest, the Falcons swept the Niagara Knights. With the win, Fanshawe extended their OCAA regular season unbeaten streak to 27 games, with their last loss being on November 12, 2016.
The Falcons jumped out to a quick start, going up 5-1 in the first set with back-to-back kills from Will Otten (Delaware, ON). The Knights gradually made a come back to get within one point of Fanshawe, 19-18. Jordan, who is averaging a league best 4.9 points per set, put an end to Niagara's run with a monstrous kill. The Falcons won the opening set 25-20.
Fanshawe had hits from Zach Albert (Brampton, ON) and Jordan to take a two point lead in the second set. A big block from middle Mike Liscumb (Ilderton, ON) excited the home crowd and extended the Falcons lead. The red and white would continue their aggressive attack, as Albert added his eighth point of the set. Fanshawe would go on to take the second set 25-17.
Fanshawe's well-rounded offense showed in the final set, as the Falcons had points from six different players. Will Otten had a service ace to put the Falcons ahead early in the set. Sebastian Lethbridge (London, ON) then made the score 9-5 on a stuff block. Sam Otten (London, ON) added a pair of service aces to stretch Fanshawe's lead to 23-11. The Knights could not recover from the deficit, as the Falcons completed the three set sweep, winning the final set 25-13. Jordan had 13 points for Fanshawe, while Albert added 12.
Next up, Fanshawe will travel to Windsor on Thursday, February 1 to face the St. Clair Saints.
Thursday, February 1:
#4 Fanshawe @ St. Clair – 8pm
The #12 CCAA ranked Falcons Women's Volleyball squad went 1-1 last week. Last Wednesday, they defeated Sheridan on the road 3-1. London natives Shannon and Meghan Morelli led the Falcons with 17 and 14 points respectively.
On Saturday afternoon, Niagara snapped Fanshawe's nine game winning streak with a 3-1 victory.
The Falcons and Knights traded points to start the opening set. Fanshawe had a couple of strong blocks from Shannon Morelli. With Niagara up 14-11 midway through the set, Fanshawe sparked the crowd with a Meghan Morelli kill to give the Falcons some momentum. Katie Stewart (Gananoque, ON) had a left-side kill of her own, however Niagara maintained their slim lead and went on to win the first set 25-22.
In the second set, Fanshawe went up 4-1 on a beautiful tip from captain Darian Gropp (Kitchener, ON). A massive kill by Shannon Morelli continued the Falcons run, but Niagara would fight back to tie the game at seven. The Knights then took an 11-8 advantage and held on to that lead to win the second set 25-21.
Fanshawe stepped it up in the third set, gaining momentum from defensive hustle plays. Back-to-back kills from Stewart stretched the red and white's lead to 10-6. The Knights would not let up, coming within one before Falcons rookie Ainsley Acton (Lucan, ON) showed her strength with a kill for the home team. Fanshawe got a great stuff block from Meghan Morelli, followed by a tip from Mattea Deleary (Ridgetown, ON). The Falcons continued to extend their lead and won the third set 25-17 on a kill from Acton.
In the fourth frame, the teams traded points throughout the set, with neither team gaining more than a two-point advantage. Shannon and Meghan Morelli continued to provide strong offense for the Falcons, showing why they are both top five in the OCAA in points per set. Niagara pulled ahead 20-15, but Fanshawe regrouped and tied the game at 21 on a Gropp service ace. Looking to force a tiebreaker set, Fanshawe forced the set to extra points, unfortunately, the Knights won 26-24 and therefore the match 3-1. Fifth-year setter Gropp had 38 assists on the match. She now has 1573 career assists and is Fanshawe Women's Volleyball's all-time assist leader. Shannon Morelli had 16 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks, and Meghan Morelli contributed 14 kills and 3 blocks.
Fanshawe's next match will be on Thursday, February 1 on the road against the St. Clair Saints.
Thursday, February 1:
#12 Fanshawe @ St. Clair – 6pm
The Fanshawe Men's Basketball team captured two wins this week over St. Clair and Mohawk.
On Wednesday in Windsor, the Falcons defeated the St. Clair Saints 94-78. Five different players scored in double figures for the Falcons; Chavaun Miller-Bennett (London, ON), D'Andre Austin (Toronto, ON), Chris Parker (Toledo, OH), Lex Van Iperen (Englehart, ON) and Sean Clendinning (Orillia, ON).
On Saturday night in front of a full house at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre, Fanshawe's Men's Basketball team defeated Mohawk by a score of 77-69.
The first quarter was a defensive battle, as both teams struggled to score the ball. Mohawk held a slim 6-5 lead midway through the quarter. A put-back by Hanani Ujullu (Kitchener, ON), followed by a layup by Filip Pejic (Hamilton, ON) sparked a 14-0 run for the Falcons. Eight straight points from Parker gave Fanshawe an 18-10 lead.
In the second frame, the Falcons used their momentum to stretch their lead to 13 points with a strong drive to the basket from Sean Clendinning. The Mountaineers stayed within reach, cutting the home team's lead to 36-27 before the end of the half. Parker had 13 first half points for the Falcons.
In the third quarter, Mohawk would open with a 10-4 run. Austin had a strong take to the rim to keep the Falcons lead at 47-44 midway through the third. Unfortunately for Fanshawe, the Mountaineers hit a couple of big 3-pointers to give Mohawk the 56-52 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Falcons regrouped and came out strong in the fourth quarter. With a deep triple from Parker, the red and white regained the lead. A big offensive rebound by Austin resulted in another two points for Fanshawe. Sean Clendinning then extended the lead to 71-62 with a stop and pop mid-range jumper. A shot clock buzzer beater by Parker excited the crowd and the Falcons would hold on for a 77-69 victory.
Sean Clendinning had 26 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds and Parker had 20 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. The Falcons next game will be at home on Friday, February 2 at 8pm versus the University of Toronto-Mississauga.
Friday, February 2:
UTM vs. Fanshawe – 8pm
Wednesday, February 7:
St. Clair vs. Fanshawe – 8pm
The Fanshawe Women's Basketball squad had a huge week with two wins over top OCAA West Division teams.
Last Wednesday, the Falcons defeated St. Clair in Windsor 71-59. After being down 43-37 after the first half, Fanshawe intensified their team defense, only allowing the Saints 16 second half points. Chuot Angou (London, ON) had 19 points and Ali Vlasman (Mount Elgin, ON) added 16.
The Falcons then beat the #10 nationally ranked Mohawk Mountaineers by a score of 69-56 on Saturday evening at Fanshawe Athletics Falcons Fest event. The Falcons protected the nest yet again, as they have won every home contest so far this season.
Fanshawe started the game strong defensively, holding Mohawk to only eight first quarter points. Second year guard Claire Dechet (Sarnia, ON) scored five straight points to get the Falcons rolling offensively. Mikhaila Wright (London, ON) then netted a 3-pointer. The Falcons continued to move the ball and run the floor and had a 19-8 lead after the opening quarter. In the second quarter, Fanshawe ran into foul trouble and the Mountaineers took advantage, outscoring the Falcons 23-9 to take a 31-28 lead going into the locker room.
In the second half, Fanshawe scored the first six points of the third quarter to retake the lead. The Falcons got points off the fast break from Vlasman, who leads the OCAA in field goal percentage. The teams exchanged buckets throughout and were tied at 47 after the third quarter.
In the final frame, the red and white stepped up their defense yet again. Angou and Wright both had steals that resulted in the Falcons going up nine, 60-51. The Mountaineers fought back, cutting the lead to six before Sydney Kendellen (London, ON) hit a floater as the shot clock expired to stop the Mohawk run. Fanshawe then extended their lead on opportunities off of huge offensive rebounds from Maddy Kielar (Newmarket, ON) and Kaleigh Morris (London, ON). The Falcons outscored the Mountaineers 22-9 in the final quarter and went on to win the game 69-56. Angou was Fanshawe's top performer, with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. The win marked Head Coach Bill Carriere's 150th career win.
Fanshawe will continue their home stand when they host the University of Toronto-Mississauga in their next game on Friday, February 2 at 6pm.
Friday, February 2:
UTM vs. Fanshawe – 6pm
Wednesday, February 7:
St. Clair vs. Fanshawe – 6pm
The Women's and Men's Indoor Soccer team competed in the Redeemer Tournament last weekend. The Women's team had two wins in round robin play before beating Seneca in the quarterfinal game 2-1. The Falcons then fell to St. Clair in the semi-final by a score of 2-0. The Men's team also picked up two wins in the round robin. Unfortunately, they lost to Sheridan in the quarterfinal in a close 2-1 match. Both teams will be in action again on Thursday, February 1, when they will travel to Toronto for the George Brown tournament.
The Women's and Men's Falcons Curling squads participated in the Niagara Bonspiel last weekend. The Men took home the gold medal, while the Women took home the silver. The Curling teams will look to continue their success when they compete in the OCAA Provincial Championships from February 7-11 in Sault Ste. Marie.
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