Falcons Women's Volleyball OCAA Championship Bound
Defeat Canadore three games to one
(London, Ontario) – On Saturday afternoon, the #12 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Women's Volleyball team (15-4, 2nd in West) secured their spot at the OCAA Provincial Championship with a 3-1 win over the Canadore Panthers (6-13, 7th in East) at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre.
Fanshawe opened the scoring with a left side kill from Meghan Morelli (London, ON). A pair of service aces from Lynda McArdle (London, ON) then extended the Falcons lead to 9-3. Canadore stayed within reach with a 5-0 run of their own. A huge kill by Katie Stewart (Gananoque, ON) got the home team back on track, and the Falcons would go on to win the first set, 25-17.
In the second set, good serving by Jamie McKee (London, ON) gave the Falcons an early 4-1 lead. The red and white continued to press offensively but the Panthers held their own, keeping the score close at 15-13 midway through the set. Canadore then took the lead late in the set and Fanshawe was unable to recover, falling 26-24.
A right side attack from Mattea Deleary (Ridgetown, ON) started the Falcons off in the third set. The teams exchanged points, as a well-placed tip from captain Darian Gropp (Kitchener, ON) tied the score at 9. A massive kill by middle Ainsley Acton (Lucan, ON) gave the Falcons momentum. Fanshawe was able to finally pull away late in the set and take the third frame 25-20 on two amazing serves from Meghan Morelli.
In the fourth set, Fanshawe had back-to-back points from Stewart to give the Falcons the lead, 16-14. Fanshawe stretched that lead to 22-17 on a kill from Tarea Heshka (Erin, ON). Despite Canadore's best efforts, the Falcons went on to win the match 3-1 on a 25-20 final set win.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Mattea Deleary – 12 kills, 3 blocks
Meghan Morelli – 13 kills, 1 block, 1 ace
Canadore's Top Performer:
Jess Venhuizen – 12 kills, 1 block
Fanshawe advances to the OCAA Provincial Championship at Centennial College in Toronto from February 22-24. They will play Niagara (11-7, 6th in West) in an OCAA quarter-final at 1pm on Thursday, February 22.
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