By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Humber Hawks defeated the Sheridan Bruins 3-0 in game 3 of the OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Friday evening at the St. Clair College SportsPlex. Humber swept with set scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17.
During the regular season, the two teams exchanged road wins with Sheridan winning 3-2 at Humber on November 19, last year, and Humber winning 3-1 at Sheridan’s gym on January 14.
Humber rookie setter Patrick Richardson led the Hawks with 37 assists, 3 digs, and 1 service ace. Fifth-year left side hitter Terrel Bramwell added 11 digs, 3 stuffed blocks, and 1 service ace, propelling Humber to the victory.
Fourth-year right side hitter Josh Butler led Sheridan with 9 digs in the loss.
“Sheridan is our league rivals and we are always stoked to play against them,” said Richardson. “Our key element was our team star, Terrel Bramwell. He comes up huge in games like this and he shows why he is the best in the business.”
Humber advanced to the semi-finals later Saturday evening at 8:00pm.
Waiting to face Humber in the semis, the St. Clair Saints defeated the Durham Lords 3-1. In front of a raucous capacity crowd the Saints won the first set 25-23 before Durham evened the match at 1 with a 25-19 score in the 2nd.
St. Clair seemed to gain steam as the match progressed, though, and won the final two sets 25-21 and 25-19.
St. Clair third-year setter Jean-Marc Lappan led the Saints with 43 assists, 3 kills, 2 service aces, and 2 stuffed blocks, along with 2 digs.
Fifth-year right side hitter Jason Hernandez added 19 kills and 1 dig in the match leading St. Clair to the victory, and earned Player of Game honours.
Fifth-year setter Matthew Gibson led Durham with 7 digs in the loss.
“We served them tough and we knew they were getting lanes so we needed to execute,” said St. Clair coach Robert Lynch. “I told the team to forget the second set, like it never happened.”