(London, Ontario) – On Thursday evening, the #14 nationally ranked Fanshawe Women's Volleyball team (11-1) opened 2018 with a 3-0 sweep of the Redeemer Royals (3-9), extending their win streak to eight matches.
The Falcons opened the scoring with a left-side hit by London native, Meghan Morelli. The Royals stayed within reach, but a kill by Fanshawe rookie Ainsley Acton (Lucan, ON) gave Fanshawe a 14-12 advantage midway through the first set. Redeemer then went on a run and took the lead 16-15. After a long rally, Mattea Deleary (Ridgetown, ON) had a huge block to tie the game at 18. Fanshawe found themselves down 24-23, but focused serving by Meghan Morelli gave the Falcons the next three points and the Falcons would take the first set 26-24.
Fanshawe used their momentum and started the second set with back-to-back points from Shannon Morelli (London, ON). Good defense followed by a service ace from Katie Stewart (Gananoque, ON) gave the red and white a 16-11 lead. A huge kill from Lynda McArdle (London, ON) and a massive block by Kim Hardy (Melbourne, ON) excited the crowd, as the Falcons extended their lead to 22-14. Fanshawe would go on to win the set 25-16.
The Falcons started the final set on a 4-0 run with hits from Acton and Meghan Morelli. Redeemer narrowed the gap with a couple points of their own, however Fanshawe's attack was too much for the Royals to handle. Another ace from Stewart gave the home team an 18-10 advantage. Despite Redeemer's best efforts, the Falcons took the set 25-21 to win the match 3-0.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Meghan Morelli – 12 kills, 1 ace
Ainsley Acton – 6 kills, 1 ace
Redeemer's Top Performer:
Abby Sluys – 11 kills
Fanshawe's next league match will be on Saturday, January 27 versus the Niagara Knights (7-3) at 1pm. It is Fanshawe Athletics annual Falcons Fest, which consists of a quad-header with the Women's and Men's Volleyball and Basketball teams. There will be free food, soft drinks, swag and activities.
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