Day one of OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship complete
February 21, 2014

The opening day of the 2014 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men’s Volleyball Championship featured some great play between the eight teams competing at the Georgian College Athletic Centre in Barrie.

The OCAA west division teams showed their strength as they went 3-1 on day one while posting 11-3 set wins against the east teams.

In match one, the Fanshawe Falcons had a strong game over the George Brown Huskies in a three-set sweep with scores of 25, 19, 25-20 and 25-17. Fanshawe’s Derek Brown was strong on his attacks, leading to a team high 7 kills and received player of the game honours for his team. OCAA east division all-rookie team member from George Brown John Luu was named player of the game while posting 9 points.

The second game was a spirited affair between the Mohawk Mountaineers and the Algonquin Thunder. Each set was tight but it was the Mountaineers who came out with a 3-0 victory over the east division’s top seed. Algonquin entered the championships with just one loss on the season but fell in sets of 25-21, 28-26, and 25-23. Mohawk’s Mark Kaveckas was named player of the game after posting an impressive 31 assists and 6 digs while OCAA Player of the Year, Philippe Yeldon, had a team high 14 points for Algonquin.

In arguably the best match of day, one the Durham Lords pulled out an incredible five-set victory over the Niagara Knights. Both teams showed an amazing will to win pushing each other to the limit, but the Lords were able to get the win with sets of 20-25, 25-12, 25-14, 24-26, and 16-14. Durham became the lone east division team to win on day one. Petrus Kuypers for Durham and Daniel Groenveld for Niagara each had 20 points for their teams and were given player of the game honours.

In the day’s final match, the host Georgian Grizzlies held their own but were dropped in three straight sets by the west’s top seed, the Humber Hawks. A large and loud crowd gave the Grizzlies a boost as they tried to upset the Hawks but Humber avoided some early pressure for the win with sets of 25-23 and 25-22 before closing it out 25-13 in the final set. Humber’s Cam Fletcher had an 11 point effort while Georgian’s Jason Grimm had 12 points.

The semi-finals are set for Friday with the Fanshawe Falcons facing the Mohawk Mountaineers at 6 p.m. and the Durham Lords facing the Humber Hawks at 8 p.m. The remaining teams will play in elimination games Friday as they try to work themselves into a position to take home the bronze medal.

Championship schedule

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

1pm Game 1: George Brown College vs. Fanshawe College W 3-0

3pm Game 2: Mohawk College W 3-0 vs. Algonquin College

6pm Game 3: Niagara College vs. Durham College W 3-2

8pm Game 4: Georgian College vs. Humber College W 3-0

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

1pm Game 5: George Brown vs. Algonquin

3pm Game 6: Niagara vs. Georgian

6pm Game 7: Fanshawe vs. Mohawk

8pm Game 8: Durham vs. Humber

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

9am Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs Winner Game 6

11am Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs Winner Game 5

4pm Bronze Medal Game: Winner Game 9 vs Winner Game 10

6pm Gold Medal Game: Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game 8