Red Deer Kings 3, St. Thomas Tommies 0
The opening match of the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship, hosted by Douglas College, was a one-sided tilt as the No. 1 seeded Kings took on the No. 8 seeded Tommies.
A dominating opening set saw the Kings take the early lead, winning the set by a score of 25-19. The Tommies made a valiant effort to put themselves back into the game, going as far as to tie the Kings at 19 points a piece in the second. However the Kings pressure was too much, and the Tommies defensive play broke down. Like water through surging through a new hole in a sealed wall, Red Deer’s offence burst to life, and they closed out that set, 25-20.
Having their defence broken, it seemed as Saint Thomas’ team spirit soon followed. The team crumbled in the third and final set, allowing Red Deer to take it, and the game, with a 25-16 win, and a 3-0 victory.
Tommies setter, and CCAA All-Canadian, Mark Blinn was named the St. Thomas’ Player of the Game. On the other side, Red Deer Kings setter, Luke Brisbane, was named his team’s Player of the Game.
Camosun Chargers 3, vs. Mohawk Mountaineers 0
The second match-up of the day showcased two powerhouse teams fighting to move forward in the tournament.
Both teams came out of the gates swinging, however, only the Chargers could keep up with the pace that was set early. They swamped Mohawk’s side of the court with pinpoint accurate kills and dismantled their offence, finishing the opening set, 25-13.
The second was much better for the Mountaineers as they were able to slow down the rampaging Chargers. But Camosun’s momentum was too much for the struggling Mohawk squad, and they dropped the second set, allowing Camosun to take it, 25-18.
With their backs against the wall, Mohawk College made what could have been their final stand. The Mountaineers piled point upon point against the Chargers, making their climb that much harder. Despite the difficulty of the challenge set in front of them, Camosun prevailed. They broke free of the Mohawk’s iron-tight grasp and sealed their victory with a beautiful finish, taking the set 25-20, and the game 3-0.
Camosun’s Savana Walkingbear was named his team’s Player of the Game. Eric Girard earned the same honors for the Mountaineers.
Fanshawe Falcons 3, Keyano Huskies 0
For the third game of the day, the No. 2 Fanshawe took on the No 7 Keyano in what would end up being a very heated tilt.
The first set of the match saw the Falcons off to a rough start. The Huskies came out faster and much stronger than was anticipated by the Fanshawe. Catching them off guard, the wildcard team out of Alberta ran up the scoreboard before a well-placed timeout by CCAA Coach of the Year, Patrick Johnson, took the steam out of their drive.
The Falcons, revitalized during the timeout, came to life laying into the Keyano team, taking the set 25-21. The second set was nothing less than a massacre as the Falcons took the bite out of the Huskies, finishing them 25-14.
But even a bark can throw off the biggest attackers. The Huskies made their final stand against the high-flying Falcons. The effort was valiant, but the Falcons soared over them, taking the set 25-22, and the game 3-0.
For his valiant efforts, Blazej Pellowski was named the Huskies Player of the Game. For the Falcons, James Jackson was named the Player of the Game.
Titans de Limoilou 3. Douglas Royals 2
The concluding match of Day 1 consisted none other than the host of the tournament, the sixth seeded Royals, facing off against the third seeded Titans de Limoilou.
The hosts packed the bleachers with fans, friends, and family, and it paid off for them. They came out and blitzed Limoilou with a series of precise attacks, that left little room for response, taking the set 25-16.
However, Limoilou were quick to respond, taking the next set 25-22. But the Royals would not be beat and they responded by taking the third set 25-20.
With the game on the line, Limoilou started the fourth set going up 4-0 before making an error. The Royals were never able to catch up and Limoilou closed the set out, taking it in a reverse score, 25-20, and forcing a fifth and final set.
In a game deciding set, Limoilou were able to close cleanly, taking the set 15-13, and the game, 3-2
Carson Heppell was awarded the Player of the Game for the Royals, while Chhavanith Ponn won the award for Limoilou.