(London, Ontario) – The Fanshawe Falcons (8-3) fell to the St. Clair Saints (5-4) on Wednesday evening at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre three sets to one.
Fanshawe took an early 6-1 lead in the first set with a pair of nice kills by Renee McCormick, forcing St. Clair to call an early timeout. The Falcons then extended their lead with a service ace by Darian Gropp. St. Clair was unable to recover from the deficit, and Fanshawe took the first set by a score of 25-16.
The Saints started off strong in the second set, taking a 7-5 advantage. St. Clair continued to lead by a few points until late in the set, when the Falcons tied the game at 19. The Saints regained the advantage, and went on to win the set 25-22.
Fanshawe went up 8-5 to start the third set. The Saints then had back-to-back blocks to take a 12-10 lead over the Falcons. St. Clair had the momentum and extended their lead to 18-13, forcing the home team to call a timeout. Unfortunately for Fanshawe, St. Clair did not let up and the Saints took the third set 25-18.
The Falcons struggled to contain St. Clair's attack and went down 9-5 early in the fourth set. The Saints held the lead for the majority of the set, going up by a score of 24-18. Fanshawe then went on a 4-0 run to bring the game within two points. Despite Fanshawe's best efforts, they were unable to complete the comeback and lost the final set 25-22.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Renee McCormick – 12 kills, 2 aces, 1 block
Carley Nugteren – 12 kills, 1 ace, 1 block
St. Clair's Top Performer:
Shalena Horst – 12 kills, 3 aces
Fanshawe will play again on Sunday, January 10, when they will travel to take on Sheridan College (5-4).
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