A week after the Royals men’s volleyball team dropped a road match to the unranked St. Clair Saints, Redeemer got back on track with an impressive victory over No. 1 nationally ranked Nipissing Lakers on Saturday (Nov. 17).
The Royals defeated the Lakers, 3-1, playing the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association contest in the very tough Nipissing University gymnasium. Set scores were 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, and 25-13.
Nipissing was recently awarded the top national ranking after a 3-0 start to the season with wins over Niagara, Sheridan, and Humber colleges. The latest rankings can be found here: CCAA Men’s Volleyball Rankings
Redeemer’s win comes on the heels of two tough defeats early in the season as the Royals fell to a strong Mohawk Mountaineers team in their home opener, 3-2, and a much improved St. Clair Saints team, 3-1. Prior to the weekend, the Royals had won just 1 out of 3 games with their lone victory coming against Fanshawe College.
Now the Royals sit at 3-2 after wins against Canadore College on Friday night and Nipissing University on Saturday afternoon.
The win against Nipissing raises again the optimism that surrounded the team during its preseason play. The Royals entered the 2012-13 season having finished second at the pre-season Seneca Invitational, and first at the pre-season Humber Cup.
In Saturday’s game, Redeemer’s Eric Heidbuurt (Waterdown) led the team in offense with 17 total points. David Klomps (Surrey, B.C.) and Calvin Fast (St. Catharines) each had 11 points for the Royals as well. However, the team’s defense was key to victory against the Lakers. Jesse Dykxhoorn (Holland Marsh) had 10 digs for Redeemer while David Klomps had 9.
Adam Leblanc had a game-high 24 points for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport- bound Lakers. Nipissing is competing in their final season in the OCAA as the school is set to join Ontario University Athletics next fall.
Both Redeemer men’s and women’s teams swept the Canadore Panthers on Friday night, 3-0. The men won with game scores of 25-22, 25-17, 25-15, and the women won 25-13, 25-20, 25-11.
On Saturday, the women’s lost to Nipissing University 3-1 (25-16, 25-12, 18-25, and 25-10). Curtiss Straatsma (Brampton) had a team-high 16 points for Redeemer.
The women’s team record now sits at 2-3.
Both teams return to the court on Nov. 23 when they host the Conestoga Condors.