Falcons Volleyball Squads Perfect

#5 Falcons Make History with First-Ever Perfect Regular Season
Fanshawe finishes 18-0 with sweep of Boreal 

(London, Ontario) – The #5 nationally ranked Fanshawe Women’s Volleyball team completed a perfect 18-0 regular season on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Boréal (0-18). The win marked the first time in Fanshawe history that a Women’s Volleyball team has achieved this accomplishment (not including tier II team that went 13-0 in 1987).

Fanshawe senior Danielle Grasman (Komoka, ON) opened the scoring, as the red and white would take the lead in set one. The Falcons’ high-powered offense was on display throughout the set, as Ainsley Acton (Lucan, ON) and Meghan Morelli (London, ON) got on the board with a couple of kills. The Birds would wear down the Vipers and take the first set 25-9.

In set two, a Kiana Taylor (London, ON) service ace gave Fanshawe an early advantage. A nice set from Maya Danis (Cambridge, ON) to Kelsey McLellan (Brandon, MB) kept the Falcons on top. Fanshawe would stretch their lead with a well-placed tip from Ashley Rafferty (Peace River, AB) and go on to win 25-9.

Great defense from fourth-year libero Ripley Woodhouse (London, ON) led the Falcons in set three. Another strong hit from Acton excited the home crowd. Fanshawe would close out their final regular season set with a Grasman kill to make the score 25-16. Grasman finished with a match-high 12 points and Morelli contributed 11 points of her own. The Falcons swept Boréal to complete their undefeated regular season.

Kim Hardy. Photo: Falcons Athletics/Matt Hiscox Photography.

Fanshawe will host an OCAA crossover playoff match on Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. They will face a to be determined opponent from the East Division. General admission tickets for playoff games are $5 per person, with free admission for kids under six and Fanshawe students with their valid Fanshawe student ID. Tickets are cash only and will be available one hour prior to game time. Season passes are valid for playoff games.

#1 Fanshawe Completes Second Consecutive Perfect Regular Season
Nation’s top team extends OCAA winning streak to 49 games

(London, Ontario) – The #1 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Men’s Volleyball squad completed their second consecutive 18-0 regular season on Sunday afternoon at home. The Falcons swept the Boréal Vipers (1-17) and extended their OCAA regular season winning streak to 49 matches.

Matthew Stokes (Dover Centre, ON) got Fanshawe on the board in the first set with a huge hit. The Falcons would continue to fly with points from local outside hitters Alec Bugler and James Jackson. Sam Otten (Delaware, ON) was brilliant from the service line, notching a pair of aces for the red and white. The Falcons won the first set by a comfortable score of 25-9.

Fanshawe came out strong again in the second set, jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Great setting by local rookie Reece Embree set up huge kills from Jackson and Mike Liscumb (Ilderton, ON). The Vipers were unable to contain the Falcons’ well-balanced offense and Fanshawe went on to win set two 25-10.

The Falcons continued to be on fire offensively, hitting at a .545 kill percentage throughout the match. David Gundrum (Port Elgin, ON) completed his outstanding five year career with 646 digs, good for fourth place on the OCAA career digs list. Fanshawe defeated Boréal 25-13 in the third set and won the match 3-0. Otten recorded 12 points in the match and Bugler added 10.

Fanshawe will face the Fleming Knights (5-12) from the East Division in their OCAA crossover playoff match. The game is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre. General admission tickets for playoff games are $5 per person, with free admission for kids under six and Fanshawe students with their valid Fanshawe student ID. Tickets are cash only and will be available one hour prior to game time. Season passes are valid for playoff games.

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