(London, Ontario) – On Friday night in London, Ontario, two of the top nationally ranked teams took to the court as the #4 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team (8-1) defeated the #14 ranked Redeemer Royals (5-2) in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-16). Fanshawe has now won four straight games and is #1 in both the OCAA West Division and in Ontario.
The Falcons were fired up to start the first set and jumped ahead early 6-3. Fanshawe continued to be aggressive at the net and after Nate Van Camp hit a massive overkill for the point, Redeemer called a timeout down 10-4. Setter Sebastian Lethbridge was spreading the ball around to everyone, with four different Falcons scoring at least twice in the set. Fanshawe would take the first set 25-17.
With the Falcons up 10-9 in the second set, Fanshawe's James Jackson and Evan Rvan denied the Royals attack three times in the same rally, ending in a huge stuff block for Fanshawe. The Falcons offense was rolling and led by as many as five in the set, 18-13. Redeemer clawed back to within one, 21-20, but Fanshawe's attack was too much as they pulled away and won the set 25-22.
Lethbridge started the third set with a block, which fueled the Falcons attack. Fanshawe led 5-1 early in the third set but the Royals continued to stick around. Redeemer once again closed the gap to one but missed serves by the Royals kept the Falcons ahead. With Lethbridge serving and the Falcons leading 14-12, Fanshawe scored five straight to take a commanding 19-12 lead. Fanshawe would finish the game on an 11-4 run to win 25-16.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
James Jackson – 19 points (16 kills, 2 aces, 1 block)
Nate Van Camp – 8 kills
Redeemer's Top Performers:
Morgan Rutledge – 7 kills
Jeff Ekeanyanwu – 7 points (6 kills, 1 block)
Fanshawe's next game takes place on the road on Wednesday, January 11, when they travel to Ancaster, Ontario to take on the same Redeemer Royals.
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