(London, Ontario) – On Thursday evening, the Fanshawe Women's Volleyball team (8-5) defeated the Sheridan Bruins (6-8) in a thrilling four-set match 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22. Fanshawe is in fourth place in the OCAA West Division.
The first point of the game set the tone for the match after a long rally ended in a kill by Fanshawe's Meghan Morelli. The Bruins struggled to start the game and with the Falcons leading 6-1, the Bruins took the second timeout of the set. Fanshawe continued to push and led 11-3 before Sheridan scored eleven straight and took the lead 14-11. Down 19-15, the Falcons regrouped and scored five straight, including three kills by Morelli to retake the lead. The Bruins responded and with the score 24-22, the Bruins Amanda Manley blocked the Falcons attack and Sheridan took the first set 25-22.
In the second, teams traded points back and forth until Fanshawe's Libby Furtado went back to the service line and served five straight including one ace. Again, the Bruins came back and tied the game at 10 on an ace by Tara Aune. With the score tied at 17, points by Morelli and Lindsay Wilcox gave the Falcons the two point lead and the Bruins called a timeout. After falling behind by one, two huge kills by Darian Gropp pulled Fanshawe back ahead 24-23 before Furtado hit the set-winning kill to give the Falcons the 25-23 win.
In the third, no team led by more than two until a kill by Fanshawe's Renee McCormick gave the Falcons the 15-12 lead. With the Falcons leading 24-23, Renee McCromick scored on a kill in the middle to give Fanshawe the set. Morelli continued to dominate the match, with another six kills in the set.
In the fourth set, a huge kill by Furtado gave the Falcons the lead 7-6. With Sheridan leading 13-12, a kill by Morelli not only tied the game for Fanshawe, but gave her 22 kills on the night, the most kills in a match by a Falcon in Fanshawe history. On a record-breaking night for Morelli, two points later, she scored another kill, to give her 26 points in the match, also a Fanshawe record. Both teams continued to battle in the set but with the game tied at 22, the Falcons scored two points, setting up match point. After a Bruins timeout, Furtado served up an ace to win the match 3 sets to 1. Morelli finished the game with 23 kills, three aces and one block for 27 points in the match.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Meghan Morelli – 27 points (23 kills, 3 aces, 1 block)
Libby Furtado – 15 points (12 kills, 2 aces, 1 block)
Sheridan's Top Performers:
Rachel Abrahams – 14 points (8 kills, 5 aces, 1 block)
Bailey Ratcliffe – 12 points (9 kills, 3 aces)
Fanshawe returns to the court on Thursday, February 2, when they travel to Welland, Ontario to take on the CCAA #11 ranked Niagara Knights (11-1).
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