Fanshawe falls short of bronze
The playoffs were a thrilling, but upsetting ride for the Fanshawe Falcons.
February 21 marked the Falcons quarterfinal match against the Trent Excalibur. Falcons, resembling King Arthur, pulled Excalibur from the anvil and raised their arms triumphantly.
If you missed the game, it came to a grueling fifth set where Fanshawe won by a mere three points, 15-12. The end sets were 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 22-25, and 15-12. The second, third, and fifth set went to the Falcons, while the first and fourth went to Trent.
The Falcon's had an incredible duo in Derek Howes and Matthews Westman as they were a Batman and Robin equivalent with 23 and 21 points, respectively. Howes also recorded 19 kills, three aces, and a block, while Westman poured out three aces and four blocks. One cannot forget Derek Estabrooks from Fanshawe as he helped greatly with nine kills of his own.
Excalibur had a dynamic pair also in Ian Rettie and Wesley Sutherland. Rettie had a stellar 15 kills with an ace, while Sutherland heavily contributed with 15 kills, two aces, and a block in the loss against our Falcons.
The semifinals picture was set. Algonquin dropped bombs on Humber and eliminated them by winning three straight sets. Seneca trounced the Loyalists as well by winning three straight sets. Finally, Mohawk won a tight game over Durham by winning three sets to two.
With this picture set, Algonquin will face Mohawk leaving Fanshawe traveling to Oshawa to challenge the second place Seneca Sting. For Fanshawe, it was another grueling and tight game that came down to the wire with Seneca.
Seneca won 3-1 over Fanshawe. The sets read 27-25 for Fanshawe and 25-15, 25-21, and 25-20 for Seneca. Derek Estabrooks posted 11 points (nine kills, an ace and a block), while teammate and Fanshawe player of the game Matthew Westman contributed 10 points (seven kills, three aces) and nine digs. Jordan McTavish played a quick-minded game adding 20 digs.
With Algonquin dispatching Mohawk 3-0, Fanshawe would face Mohawk for the Bronze medal while Seneca would play it out in the championship game against Algonquin.
Fanshawe fell short against Mohawk in the Bronze medal game in three tight sets reading 25-23, 25-22, and 25-21 for Mohawk. Matthew Westman had 15 points (11 aces, three kills and one block), while Jordan McTavish had 17 digs.
With the playoffs ending, Algonquin snatched the gold medal back and now have won two championships in the past three years. Seneca received the silver medal when they lost 3-0 to Algonquin and 07/08 gold medalists Mohawk received bronze this year after beating Fanshawe.
The sad postseason doesn't exclude Fanshawe's excellent regular season as they won several awards. The men are West Regional winners, Coach Josh Westgate won West Coach of the Year, Patrick Fishman and Jordan McTavish were put onto the West Region first team all-stars, and Matthew Westman made it to the West Region second team all-stars.
While the women were kicked out in the qualifier rounds by Georgian, there was one shining star as Fanshawe's Megan Walls won West rookie of the year. Congratulations to all the Fanshawe volleyball players, both men and women.
Interesting 2008-2009 facts:
- Not a single record was broken this season in Men's Volleyball.
- Fanshawe only has one men's OCAA championship. This was back in 1970.
- Sheridan currently holds the record for most championships with 11. The next closet team is Mohawk with six.