(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair men’s varsity volleyball team had some tough competition over this past weekend. The Saints hosted the Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons on December 29 at 7 pm and December 30 at 3 pm at the Sportsplex. The Mastodons are a NCAA Division I program who will take on such major colleges as Ohio State and Penn State. Fort Wayne is coached by Windsor Native Ryan “Rock” Perrotte.
IPFW men’s volleyball started in 1981, and Perrotte spent 12 seasons as the Fort Wayne men’s assistant volleyball coach prior to his first season as head coach in 2016. After opening his tenure with a 10-19 season, Perrotte’s second season ended with a 5-23 record.
The Mastodons have had 6 NCAA final four appearances and one final’s appearance and have also produced two Olympians, an Olympic gold medalist, and sixteen All-American selections.
“It is truly an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to bring my team home to play in the city I love and grew up in,” Perrotte said pre-match. “To have many friends come out and support me is awesome. To play at St Clair College, where I had so many memorable moments in high school, winning two of my four city championships in volleyball, and to coach against Coach Lynch, who is one of the most influential people in my volleyball career, is truly special.”
The Saints lost to Fort Wayne Friday night by a score of 3-0. Set scores for the Mastodons were 25-16, 25-18, and 25-18. St Clair’s fate was an identical 3-0 score Saturday afternoon, as well.
The St Clair men are currently 5-4 at the mid-point of their season and are ranked 8th in the OCAA. The Saints were ranked as high as 3rd in the OCAA and 12th in Canada earlier in the season.