(London, Ontario) – On Tuesday evening, the Fanshawe Women's Volleyball team (9-7) defeated the St. Clair Saints (11-5) in a thrilling five-set match, 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12). The Falcons are in fourth place in the OCAA West Division.
Midway through the first set, the Falcons and Saints were tied at 15 but a kill followed by a pair of aces by Angela Evans gave the Saints the 18-15 lead. A couple of Falcons errors pushed the Saints lead to four, 21-17, but Fanshawe wouldn't quit. Back-to-back kills by Meghan Morelli had the Falcons within one, 23-22, but in the end, the Saints would take the first set 25-23.
In the second, the Saints jumped out to a 4-1 lead but Fanshawe chipped away and closed the gap to one, 8-7, on a one-handed stuff block by Fanshawe's setter Darian Gropp. The Saints were putting up a big block at the net and pulled ahead 15-11 before the Falcons called for a timeout. Fanshawe came right back and scored five straight points, including two aces by Morelli to take their first lead of the set. The teams traded points back and forth until the Falcons finally took a two point lead at 21-19. Fanshawe finished the game on an 8-4 run to take the second set 25-20.
The Falcons started the third set right where they left off in the second, opening the scoring with a huge stuff block by Renee McCormick. The Saints slowly pulled away behind some tough serving and led 13-5 before a kill by Hunter Medd put the Falcons back on the attack. Fanshawe slowly clawed back themselves with a number of big kills by Morelli on the outside. The Falcons came all the way back to tie the game at 23 but a pair of hitting errors by Fanshawe gave the Saints the set 25-23.
St. Clair started the fourth set again leading 4-1 but Fanshawe tied the game at 8-8 after a huge kill down the line by Morelli. The Falcons continued to push and pulled ahead 12-9 before the Saints called a timeout. Fanshawe would finish the game on a 7-2 run and take the fourth set 25-18.
The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a kill by Morelli. It was point number 28 for her in the match, again breaking her own Fanshawe record for points in a set. Halfway through the set, the Falcons led by four, 8-4. The Saints came right back, scoring three straight but Fanshawe held onto the lead on a block by Lindsay Wilcox. Fanshawe would never give up the lead and would take the set 15-12. Morelli would finish the set with a game-high 31 points including 27 kills, both Fanshawe records.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Meghan Morelli – 31 points (27 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks)
Darian Gropp – 10 points (7 kills, 3 aces)
St. Clair's Top Performers:
Kaila Crough – 14 points (12 kills, 1 ace, 1 block)
Angela Evans – 13 points (11 kills, 1 ace, 1 block)
Fanshawe is back in action this Saturday, February 11 when they host the Boreal Vipers (0-16) at 1pm.
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