The #1 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team completed their perfect OCAA season, capturing the gold medal and the Championship last weekend in Barrie.
On Thursday morning, at the OCAA Provincial Championship banquet, Cole Jordan (London, ON) was named the OCAA Player of the Year. This is the first time in Fanshawe Volleyball history that a Falcon has received this honour. Jordan was also named a CCAA All-Canadian, OCAA West Division Scoring Champion and OCAA West Division First Team All-Star. Sam Otten (Delaware, ON) and Mike Liscumb (Ilderton, ON) were named OCAA West Division Second Team All-Stars.
The Falcons were dominant, winning all three matches 3-0. On Thursday in the quarterfinal match, Fanshawe defeated Fleming 25-12, 25-16 and 25-13. Zach Albert (Brampton, ON) was named Player of the Game, recording 14 kills.
In the semi-final, the birds swept the #11 nationally ranked Redeemer Royals 25-20, 25-9 and 25-18. Sebastian Lethbridge (London, ON) was named the Player of the Game, posting 36 assists and 14 digs.
In the Championship final, Fanshawe faced #6 Humber and downed the Hawks in three straight sets (25-12, 25-18, 25-13) to be crowned the 2017-18 OCAA Provincial Champions. The Falcons never lost a set (9-0) enroute to the program's second OCAA title in the past 3 seasons (2015-16). Outside hitter Will Otten (Delaware, ON) was named Fanshawe's Player of the Game in the final.
Albert was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after leading the team with 4.4 kills per set over the three games. Teammates Jordan and Lethbridge were both named Tournament All-Stars. The Falcons will now represent Ontario at the CCAA National Championship from March 7-10 in Victoria, British Columbia, hosted by Camosun College.
CCAA Championship @ Camosun
National Quarterfinal Match
Thursday, March 8
#1 Fanshawe vs. TBD – TBD
The #12 Falcons Women's Volleyball team completed their season last weekend at the OCAA Provincial Championship at Centennial College in Toronto.
At the OCAA banquet on Thursday morning, Meghan Morelli (London, ON) and Darian Gropp (Kitchener, ON) were named to the OCAA West Division First All-Star team. Shannon Morelli (London, ON) was named a Second-Team All-Star.
The Falcons lost in a tight 3-2 quarterfinal match versus the Niagara Knights on Thursday afternoon to eliminate them from the medal round. The Player of the Game for the Falcons was Meghan Morelli.
On Friday afternoon in the consolation semi-final, Fanshawe completed a three set sweep over the Loyalist Lancers. Fifth year setter Gropp was named the Falcons Player of the Game. Unfortunately, the Falcons ended their season on a 3-0 loss to Mohawk in the consolation final. Tarea Heshka (Erin, ON) was named the Falcons Player of the Game.
he Fanshawe Men's Basketball team finished their regular season on Wednesday night at home, when they fell just short to the #14 nationally ranked Sheridan Bruins by a score of 85-82. Sean Clendinning (Orillia, ON) had a game-high 34 points for the Falcons.
On Sunday, Fanshawe travelled to Durham College for a first round playoff game against the Lords (15-6, 3rd in East), with an OCAA Final Eight birth on the line. The Falcons won by a final score of 63-59.
The Falcons were in tough, being matched up against a strong Lords team in front of an excited crowd. Sean Clendinning hit a three pointer to open the Falcons scoring. The two teams traded points throughout the beginning of the first quarter. Fanshawe then went on an 11-0 run to end the first quarter and to start the second quarter. The Falcons held a 34-24 lead at the break.
The Lords came out flying in the third quarter and went on a 6-0 run of their own. That run was ended when the Falcons Filip Pejic (Hamilton, ON) hit a triple to silence the home crowd. Chris Parker (Toledo, OH) had a nice put back at the third quarter buzzer to keep Fanshawe up 51-40 after three. In the final quarter, the Lords made another push, getting within two points of the Falcons. Sean Clendinning made an exceptional pass to find a cutting D'Andre Austin (Toronto, ON), who finished the strong take to the rim. The Lords were forced to foul down the stretch and Sean Clendinning made no mistake, sinking both free throws to hold on to the lead and ultimately win the game 63-59. Parker led the team in scoring, recording 17 points and adding 8 rebounds.
Fanshawe now advances to the OCAA Provincial Championship at Niagara College from March 1-3. They will have a rematch against the #14 Sheridan Bruins in an OCAA quarter-final at 8pm on Thursday, March 1.
OCAA Quarterfinal Game @ Niagara
Thursday, March 1:
Fanshawe vs. #14 Sheridan – 8pm
The #11 nationally ranked Fanshawe Women's Basketball squad concluded regular season play with a 76-59 win over the Sheridan Bruins on Wednesday evening at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre. With the win, the Falcons clinched second place in the OCAA West Division. Fanshawe was led by two rookie London natives, Sydney Kendellen and Hoda Elkholy, who both had 15 points for the birds. Kendellen added 8 rebounds and 3 assists, while Elkholy grabbed 10 rebounds.
On Saturday afternoon, the Falcons hosted a first round playoff game against the Algonquin Thunder (7-11, 7th in East) and won 86-60 to punch their ticket to the OCAA Provincial Championship.
Fanshawe got off to a slow start, as Algonquin took a 7-2 advantage. However, the Thunder's lead would be short lived, as the Falcons then stepped it up and went on a 14-0 run. Fanshawe point guard Claire Dechet (Sarnia, ON) found Mikhaila Wright (London, ON) on the back door cut to get the Falcons ahead. The home team also increased their defensive pressure that resulted in a Chuot Angou (London, ON) steal and layup to give the Falcons momentum. Fanshawe had back-to-back triples from Kaleigh Morris (London, ON) to send the red and white into the locker room with a commanding 51-23 half time lead.
In the third quarter, Fanshawe came out running, getting fast break points from Ali Vlasman (Mount Elgin, ON) and Haly Hawkins (London, ON). Wright then added a steal and layup of her own to extend the lead. In the final frame, the Thunder outscored the Falcons 19-14, however the deficit was too much to overcome. Fanshawe went on to win the game 86-60. The Falcons out rebounded the Thunder 52-30 and recorded an impressive 25 assists and 25 steals as a team. Angou and Wright stuffed the stat sheet in their final home game of the season. Wright had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists. Angou recorded 14 points, 7 steals, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in only 15 minutes of play.
Next up, the Falcons will face the Durham Lords (9-8, 3rd in East) in an OCAA quarterfinal at 8pm on Friday, March 2. The OCAA Provincial Championship will take place from March 2-4 at Humber College in Etobicoke. This marks the 7th consecutive season that the Falcons have qualified for the OCAA Provincial Championships.
OCAA Quarterfinal Game @ Humber
Friday, March 2:
#11 Fanshawe vs. Durham – 8pm
Fanshawe Badminton team members Riley Hogan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) and Sahil Sahil (India) will represent the Falcons at the 2018 CCAA Badminton National Championships hosted by Concordia University in Edmonton, Alberta this week from February 28-March 3.
The Fanshawe Indoor Soccer teams will be hosting an OCAA Regional on Monday, March 5 at the BMO Centre. The top two teams from the Regional will qualify for the OCAA Provincial Championships hosted by Redeemer from March 21-24.
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