(London, Ontario) – On Wednesday night in a five-set thriller, the Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team (1-0) defeated the Niagara Knights (0-1) by a score of 3-2 (25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-8).
The Falcons fell behind early in the first set and took a timeout at 5-1. The Knights continued to lead Fanshawe until a huge kill by Cody Osiecki gave the Falcons the 18-17 advantage. James Jackson gave the Falcons a two point lead at 22-20, forcing the Knights to call a timeout. With the score 24-22 for the Falcons, middle blocker David AuCoin put up a monster block to give Fanshawe the 25-22 win. In the second set, Fanshawe came out flying. A number of big kills from Jackson gave the Falcons an early 7-2 lead. The Falcons continued to dominate in the set, with massive kills down the line by both Osiecki and Nate Van Camp. Niagara took their second timeout of the game trailing 19-11 and tried to mount a comeback but with the score 24-16, Osiecki served up an ace and the Falcons took a 2-0 set lead.
After falling behind early in the third set, Fanshawe recovered and took the lead on a kill by David AuCoin. The Knights would keep attacking and lead by as many as four, 23-19, forcing Fanshawe into their second timeout. Niagara would go on to win the set 25-21. In the fourth, the Falcons and Knights found themselves in a battle. No team led by more than two until the Knights scored back-to-back aces and pulled ahead 17-14. Fanshawe would not be able to regain the lead, as the Knights would win the set 25-21 and force a fifth set. Halfway through the fifth set, Fanshawe would lead 8-6 and then they would pull away. Back-to-back kills by Jackson had the Falcons in complete control and yet another stuff block by AuCoin gave Fanshawe the 15-8 win.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
James Jackson – 20 points (17 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace)
David AuCoin – 15 points (9 kills, 4 blocks, 2 aces)
Niagara's Top Performers:
Jeff Scott – 24 points (20 kills, 3 aces, 1 block)
Marcus Francis – 15 points (14 kills, 1 ace)
Fanshawe returns to the court on Saturday, October 29, when they travel to Sheridan College to take on the Bruins (2-0).
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