Redeemer’s Talsma can’t respond to 911 call


A broken record is the soundtrack of Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball this season.

Loyalist fifth-year left side Kyle Donnan (Pickering) continues to rewrite the OCAA record book, setting the all-time mark for career points in last Friday’s 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-19) road victory over George Brown. His nine points against the Huskies gives Donnan 911 offensive points for his career, four more than previous OCAA record holder Ryan Talsma (907) of Redeemer University College in Ancaster, established during the 2009-10 season.

Talsma finished his OCAA career in 2010 when he was named the association’s men’s volleyball player of the year.

It marks the second time Donnan has tracked down Talsma to establish an OCAA career record. Donnan is also the all-time kills leader with 771 to his credit.

Donnan is not the only student-athlete to make headlines last Friday. Humber third-year right side Terrel Bramwell (Mississauga) tied his own OCAA record for points in a match, recording 40 in a 3-1 (25-14, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21) win at Redeemer. Bramwell also hit the 40-point plateau in a match last season. In another game against Redeemer earlier this season, Bramwell established a record for kills in a match with 36.

Another OCAA record is expected to fall at any time. Durham fifth-year middle David McMann (Elmvale) has 66 stuff blocks in 2011-12, three shy of the all-time regular season record of 69 shared by three individuals. Durham has three regular season matches remaining.

Earlier this season, Donnan’s fifth-year teammate Matt Woods (Pickering) set the all-time OCAA record for service aces. Woods now has 164 to his credit. Last month, La Cite second-year power Keith Marier (Ottawa) broke the OCAA single season record for offensive points and kills. He now has 367 and 318, respectively.

OCAA historical stats begin in the 1999-2000 season to reflect 1999 volleyball rule changes.

The OCAA men’s volleyball championship will take place at Nipissing University in North Bay, Feb. 23-25.