Niagara, Fanshawe Advance To Semis

By Ted Beale

(WINDSOR, ON) – Niagara College kicked off the OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship with an upset win over top seeded Mohawk with a 3-2 win Friday afternoon at the St. Clair SportsPlex. Mohawk started well with a 25-18 opening set win, but the Knights pulled ahead winning the next two sets 25-19 and 25-22.

The Mountaineers won the 4th set 25-18 forcing a 5th set. But Niagara had the hot hand winning the deciding frame 15-12.

Niagara 3rd-year outside hitter Jeff Scott led the Knights with 16 kills adding 4 stuff blocks in the match.  Rookie outside hitter Cole Jordan chipped in with 12 kills in the match to help Niagara to the win.  Third-year outside hitter Trevor McLaughlin led Mohawk with 13 kills in the loss.

Niagara now advances to the semi-finals on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

The Fanshawe Falcons defeated the Fleming Knights 3-0 in the 2nd game of the OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Friday afternoon.  In the teams’ first meeting of the season, Fanshawe won by set scores of 25-16, 25-18, and 25-19.

Fanshawe rookie setter Jack Daley led the Falcons with 22 assists, three digs, one attack, and one kill.

Fifth-year outside hitter Demetri Kantzos chipped in with 6 kills, 3 service aces, and 2 digs in the match to help Fanshawe to the win.  Fifth-year left side hitter Andrew Ross led Fleming with 17 digs in the loss.

“Our key plan was shutting down their key player (Ross) and our defense got way better as the game went on,” Daley said.

Fanshawe advances to the semi-finals to face Niagara on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

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