SportsPlex To Host OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship

(WINDSOR, ON) – St Clair College will play host to the 2015 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men’s Volleyball Championship, beginning today and running through Sunday.

Eight teams will vie for the OCAA title, including the host St. Clair Saints. The reigning OCAA champion Mohawk Mountaineers, national bronze medalist Humber Hawks and undefeated Durham Lords will also take part in the tournament.

A total of 12 matches will be played in a span of three days. Following the OCAA awards banquet at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, the OCAA quarter-finals will take place on Friday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Losing teams will compete in the bronze medal quarter-finals on Saturday, followed by the OCAA semi-final matches.

The bronze medal semi-finals and final will take place on Sunday leading into the OCAA gold medal match.

The OCAA champion and runner-up advance to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship, taking place in Charlottetown next month.

St. Clair Saints (12-6, 5th West)

Of the eight teams competing at provincials, only the St. Clair Saints have not won an OCAA medal in men’s volleyball. St. Clair puts its 7-2 home record on the line, needing at least two wins to end the drought.

The Saints are led by fifth-year right side Jason Hernandez, second all-time in OCAA career points and kills. Hernandez averaged 4.0 points per set during the regular season, with 208 kills, 25 blocks and nine service aces equalling 242 points.

Similar to Fanshawe, all of St. Clair’s six losses during the regular season came against teams that are competing at the OCAA championship. Overall, the Saints are 4-6 against these programs. St. Clair will need to end Durham’s 18-match winning streak to earn a spot in the semi-finals.

Championship Schedule

Friday, February 27
Quarter-Finals
Game 1 – Niagara vs. Mohawk – 1:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Fanshawe vs. Fleming – 3:30 p.m.
Game 3 – Sheridan vs. Humber – 6 p.m.
Game 4 – St. Clair vs. Durham – 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 28
Bronze Quarter-Finals
Game 5 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 1:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 3:30 p.m.

Semi-Finals
Game 7 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 6 p.m.
Game 8 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 1
Bronze Semi-Finals
Game 9 – Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 6 – 9 a.m.
Game 10 – Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 5 – 11 a.m.

Bronze Medal Match
Game 11 – Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 – 4 p.m.
Winning team presented OCAA Bronze Medal at conclusion of match

Gold Medal Match
Game 12 – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 – 6 p.m.
OCAA Gold and Silver Medals presented at conclusion of match

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