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The men's volleyball team have once again proven they are a force to be reckoned with; they are the first team to place first in the CCAAs.


Kaine Kindla | Interrobang | Sports | November 21st, 2016




Fanshawe has many accomplishments; they produce great minds and athletes alike. And the men’s volleyball team is no exception.

Since the start of the season they’ve rocketed up to the number one spot in the national rankings of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

After their first loss on Nov. 12, the team dropped from first to fifth at the time of print, but nonetheless made national rankings for the third straight week.

As the season progresses, the team looks to keep up their strong play and remain in the national rankings.

This is the first time in Fanshawe’s history that the men’s volleyball team reached the number one position in the national rankings.

The highest spot they ever reached in the past was second, a win in of itself but it didn’t satisfy the team’s thirst for victory.

“Though it’s just a number, it was an honour to be ranked number one in the CCAA,” said Patrick Johnston, head coach of the men’s volleyball team. “It was a first in the program’s history and definitively a step in our progress to win the college’s first CCAA National Championship.”

With players like Cody Osiecki, James Jackson, Jacob Scobie and Evan Ravn, to name a few, gathering points during the games, playing each set with the same intensity as the last. The strong roster gives the men’s volleyball team depth, not having to rely on a single player.

With the Nationals coming up in March and the Falcons having the upper hand of being the host, the team plans to put their best strike forward for the rest of the season.

“Hosting the Nationals in March, we know we will be there,” Johnston said. “It’s a matter of grinding everyday in practice from now until then to put us in the best possible position to take care of business once the event arrives.”
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