(London, Ontario) – On Thursday night, the Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team (12-1) won their OCAA West Division leading eighth straight game, when they defeated the Sheridan Bruins (7-7) in five sets (25-16, 25-22, 18-25, 25-27, 15-9). The Falcons are ranked #1 in Ontario and #2 in Canada.
Both teams came out of the gates fired up. With the game tied at 6, Fanshawe's David AuCoin and James Jackson took over at the net, both scoring at will. In the first 10 points of the set for Fanshawe, the two combined for seven kills and a block. With the Bruins struggling at the service line, missing six serves in the set, the Falcons rolled, finishing the game on a 14-7 run to win 25-16.
In the second set, the Falcons started where they left off in the first, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. The Bruins battled back and took a short lead at 11-10, before the Falcons scored three straight including back-to-back kills from outside hitter Andre Foreman. Fanshawe and Sheridan traded points back and forth until set point when Sam Otten scored from the right side to give the Falcons the second set win 25-22.
The Bruins led early in the third with a number of long rallies ending in Sheridan points. Sheridan's Parvir Jhajj had a pair of kills from the backrow, pushing the Bruins lead to 15-9. Fanshawe's Nate Van Camp had a pair of huge kills down the line of his own but the Falcons couldn't recover, as they lost the set 25-18.
Both teams came out with more energy to start the fourth set. With the Falcons down by two, 14-12, Jackson brought the gym to their feet after a massive backrow attack but Sheridan came right back and led 17-14 before the Falcons called a timeout. The Falcons tried to mount the comeback and tied the game at 25 but the Bruins took the final two points of the set to force a fifth and deciding set.
In the fifth, after giving up the first point of set, the Falcons scored the next five points including two big stuff blocks to take a commanding 5-1 lead. With the score 7-4, Jackson put up another huge block to put the Falcons up four. Down the stretch the Falcons took over, with kill after kill by Jackson and Otten. Fanshawe went on to win the set 15-9.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
James Jackson – 27 points (23 kills, 4 blocks)
Mike Liscumb – 12 kills
Sheridan's Top Performers:
Parvir Jhajj – 23 kills
MacCauley Ross – 11 points (8 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace)
Fanshawe returns to action on Thursday, February 2, when they travel to Welland, Ontario to take on the Niagara Knights (7-5).
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