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#5 Falcons Take ‘Battle of the Birds’ in Five-Set Victory over #14 Hawks
Women’s Volleyball clinch top spot in the OCAA West Division

(London, Ontario) – On Saturday afternoon at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre, the #5 nationally ranked Fanshawe Women’s Volleyball squad (16-0) defeated the #14 Humber Hawks (12-4) in five hard-fought sets. The victory clinched top spot in the OCAA West Division for Fanshawe.

The Falcons came out flying in set one, jumping out to a 7-0 lead with back-to-back kills from Meghan Morelli (London, ON). A huge block from Danielle Grasman (Komoka, ON), followed by a strong back row attack from Janelle Albert (Brampton, ON) extended Fanshawe’s lead to 15-3. The red and white continued to overpower the Hawks offensively, as they also got kills from Ainsley Acton (Lucan, ON) and Jacqueline Coulter (Calgary, AB). The Falcons won the first set 25-9.

Humber stepped up their game in the second set, taking an early 5-2 lead. Fanshawe would get points from Coulter and Albert, however could not catch the Hawks. Humber took set two by a score of 25-21.

The teams exchanged points in the third set, with Falcons setter Ashley Rafferty (Peace River, AB) getting on the board with a well-placed tip. Yet another Albert hit gave the home team a slight 6-3 advantage. Humber would go on a run midway through the set and take a 15-13 lead. The Hawks would hold on to that momentum and take the third set 25-19.

In the fourth set, both teams worked hard for every point by diving all over the floor and battling to win each long rally. The Falcons were down 8-4 early, but a big kill from Acton brought the home crowd to their feet and tied the set at nine. A pair of key digs from Fanshawe libero Lauren Reycraft (Kitchener, ON) resulted in Falcons points to give them a 17-14 lead. Fanshawe would force a fifth set with a 25-19 win.

In a playoff-like atmosphere, the Falcons came out focused in the final set. Fanshawe took an early 7-4 lead and did not let up, with powerful kills from Albert and Morelli. A rocket serve from Albert led the Falcons to a 15-9 final set win for the 3-2 match victory. Albert had a game-high 25 points in the match to go along with 19 digs.

The Falcons will finish up regular season play next weekend at home against Cambrian (3-12) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Boréal (0-15) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

#1 Fanshawe Defeats #4 Humber in Clash of CCAA’s Titans

(London, Ontario) – The #1 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Men’s Volleyball team (16-0) defeated #4 Humber (14-2) in front of a packed home crowd on Saturday afternoon. The three to one win extended their OCAA regular season winning streak to 46 matches.

In the opening set, the Falcons got off to a hot start, going up 10-2. Brilliant passing from Fanshawe setter Sebastian Lethbridge (London, ON) set up kills from outside hitters Zach Albert (Brampton, ON) and James Jackson (London, ON). Errors from Humber prevented the Hawks from making a comeback and the home team picked up a set one win 25-14.

A powerful kill from Fanshawe middle blocker Mitch McFadden (St. Pauls, ON) put the Falcons on the board in set two. Humber would notch points of their own and stay within reach of the home squad. The Hawks then took the lead 8-5 and maintained the 3-point advantage until late in the set. Fanshawe chipped away and got a huge block from Albert to tie the game at 24. Unfortunately, Humber would get the next two points and take the second set 26-24.

The Hawks would carry that momentum into the third set, taking a 6-3 lead. The Falcons would regroup with hits from Sam Otten (Delware, ON) and Cole Jordan (London, ON). The two nationally ranked teams exchanged points from there, with long rallies deciding many of the points. Another right-side kill from Otten sparked the home team and the Falcons would win set three 25-21.

Set four was also back and forth, with neither team being able to gain a comfortable lead. Back-to-back kills from Otten would give the home team a slim 12-9 advantage. Fanshawe then got a big block from Mike Liscumb (Ilderton, ON). Otten would continue to be strong, notching another kill to make the score 23-20 for the red and white. Despite the Hawks best efforts, Fanshawe ended the match with a 25-23 fourth set victory. Albert led all players with 15 points in the match.

Fanshawe will close out the OCAA regular season with back-to-back games at home next weekend. The Falcons will take on the Cambrian Golden Shield (1-14) at 3 p.m. on Saturday followed by the Boréal Vipères on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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