(London, Ontario) – On Saturday afternoon, two of the CCAA's Men's Volleyball heavyweights collided as the #3 nationally ranked Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team (11-2) defeated the #4 ranked Niagara Knights (10-3) in three straight sets (25-20, 28-26, 25-19).
The energy to start the first set was electric as the Falcons jumped out to a 7-4 lead with a couple monster kills by right side Nate Van Camp. Fanshawe's setter Sebastian Lethbridge ran a fantastic offence, moving the ball around to everyone on the floor. Nathan Snipe kept the Knights in the game but with the Falcons leading 17-12, the Knights took a timeout to regroup. Fanshawe continued to push and three points later, Niagara used their final timeout of the set. In a balanced attack, with six Falcons all scoring, Fanshawe took the first set by a final score of 25-20. Andre Foreman led the Falcons with five points.
After Niagara took the first point of the second set, Fanshawe scored four straight and took an early lead. Fanshawe maintained their three point lead until middle blocker Derek Braun hit back-to-back kills for the Falcons and extended the lead to five, forcing the Knights to take a timeout. With the score 19-11, the Knights started to make a move and went on an 8-2 run, closing the gap to just two. Niagara was within one after a block by Snipe but David AuCoin came up with a big kill for the Falcons to extend the lead to 23-21. The Knights took the lead at 24-23 but Fanshawe's Cody Osiecki came in the game and scored to keep the set alive. 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.
Braun started the third set with a massive kill that erupted the crowd. The Knights then scored four straight to take the lead. The Falcons came right back including a pair of kills by Foreman to tie the game at five. Fanshawe's relentless attack continued and with the score 13-10 in favour of the Falcons, Lethbridge dropped in a short serve for the ace and the Knights called a timeout. With the score 20-15 for Fanshawe, Lethbridge put up a huge solo block to give the Falcons the six point lead and force Niagara to use their final timeout. After the timeout, James Jackson had the gym on their feet as he bounced a middle attack to put the Falcons up 23-18. The Falcons would win the set by a final score of 25-19 and take the match in three straight sets.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
James Jackson – 11 kills
Sebastian Lethbridge – 2 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, 37 assists
Niagara's Top Performer:
Nathan Snipe – 17 kills, 2 blocks
Key Stat of the Game: With a very balanced attack, five different Falcons starters scored at least 7 points in the match with no one scoring more that 11.
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 team last met, the Falcons won the match in three straight sets.
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