Facing the top team in the province on Tuesday night, the Redeemer Royals threw everything they had at the Humber Hawks, matching them every way in a 5-set thriller that can down to the wire in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play.
The visiting Royals men’s Volleyball team from Ancaster almost walked away with a huge win but fell just short dropping the match 3-2. The Royals entered the match ranked fifth in the province with a 4-2 record while the No. 1 ranked Hawks grabbed first place with the win and a 7-1 record. The Hawks only loss came against Fanshawe last week when Humber lost 3-2.
Humber was missing leading scorer and Canadian Colleges Athletic Associations’ All-Canadian Terrel Bramwell.
Redeemer beat Fanshawe earlier in the season in their only meeting so far.
The Royals charged out of the gate and made few mistakes on their way to a 1-0 lead with a 25-21 win in the first game. However, Humber bounced back and took the next two games 25-19 and 25-16 on their way to a 2-1 lead. The Redeemer men, not backing down, once again grabbed some momentum and took the fourth game 25-21 to tie the match at two games apiece.
Unfortunately playing on the road, and specifically playing Humber in its own gymnasium is always very difficult and home court advantage came out in the fifth game powering the Hawks to a 15-7 win and a 3-2 match victory.
David Klomps led Redeemer with 11 total points off of 8 kills, 2 aces, and 1 block. Joshua Dykxhoorn also hit double digits with 10 offensive points.
The Royals will meet up with the Hawks once more on Feb. 16, this time playing in front of the boisterous Royals crowd and with home court advantage on their side. The game will be the final regular season match for both the Royals and the Hawks and will likely have huge playoff implications.
The Royals face the Oakville Sheridan Bruins at home on Thursday (Dec. 2). Game time is 8 p.m.