(London, Ontario) – The #4 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team defeated the #8 ranked Redeemer Royals (9-3) on Thursday night three sets to none. The Falcons remain undefeated in OCAA play, and lead the West Division with a record of 12-0.
Redeemer started the match strong, opening with a 7-4 lead over the Falcons. Fanshawe would tie the game at 10 on a block from Mike Liscumb (Ilderton, ON). The Falcons got a well-placed tip from setter Sebastian Lethbridge (London, ON) to give them a slim 14-12 advantage. Then, back-to-back kills by Cole Jordan (London, ON) got the home team rolling, extending Fanshawe's lead to 20-16. The Falcons used that momentum and didn't look back, taking the first set 25-18.
The Royals got out to an early lead again in the second set, 6-3. Fanshawe rebounded to tie the game at eight with a killer serve from Zach Albert (Brampton, ON). As expected, the two teams traded points throughout the set. The Falcons then had massive kills by Albert and Sam Otten (Delaware, ON) to give the red and white a 17-15 advantage. Fanshawe's high-powered offense wore down the Royals and the Falcons went on to win the second set 25-19.
Both teams came to play in the third set, with neither team able to take more than a one-point lead for almost half the set. Huge kills by Jordan and Sam Otten got the home crowd on their feet, but the Royals did not let up. Fanshawe continued their strong offense with a back row pipe attack from Albert to finally give the Falcons a two-point advantage, 14-12. Redeemer then came back to tie the set at 16, as it continued to go back and forth between the two teams. Jordan then gave the home team the 21-19 lead with an outstanding right-side kill. Fanshawe completed the three set sweep, winning the final set 25-21.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Cole Jordan – 15 kills, 4 aces
Sam Otten – 8 kills
Redeemer's Top Performer:
Linden Bontkes – 10 kills, 2 aces
Fanshawe will host the Niagara Knights (6-4) on Saturday, January 27 at 3pm at Fanshawe Athletics annual Falcons Fest. There will be free food, soft drinks, swag and activities for fans, and will be followed by the Women's (5pm) and Men's (7pm) Basketball games versus Mohawk.
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