Royals flex muscles in men’s volleyball

The Redeemer Royals men’s volleyball team is on a roll.

Twelve days after beating the No. 1 ranked collegiate team in Canada, the Nipissing Lakers, the Royals disposed of the defending national champions, the Humber Hawks, 25-19, 25-19, 25-16, on Wednesday (Nov. 28) in Toronto.

Photo: David Bakker/Redeemer Athletics

The win was the fifth straight for the Royals who improved their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association record to 6-2 and moved into a first place tie with Nipissing, which has played one less game.

In the match, the Royals took control from start to finish and controlled the offensive and defensive pace of play. While the Royals’ offense has been clicking well in recent games, the team’s defense has been the key to victory.

Jesse Dykxhoorn (Holland Marsh, ON) led the team in digs with seven while every Redeemer Royals passed well during the game.

The Royals were a force at the net with 15 total stuff blocks to Humber’s 4. Aaron Vanderlugt (Burlington, ON) had an incredible 6 blocks over the course of the match. Eric Heidbuurt (Waterdown, ON) led the team offensively with 14 points while Vanderlugt and Cameron Groenendijk (Chemainus, B.C.) each had nine.

Cam Fletcher had 15 total points for Humber.

Unfortunately, the Lady Royals were swept by Humber in a three-game match, 25-14, 25-17, and 25-23.

While they played well, the Royals were just outmatched by the Hawks who dominated offensively. The Royals could only generate 20 total offensive points but their strong defensive play kept them in the match. Curtiss Straatsma (Brampton, ON) had 10 total points from four kills, two aces, and four stuff blocks for Redeemer. Humber’s Kelly Nyhof had a game-high 16 total points.

The Lady Royals record falls to 3-5 but they held on to sixth place- the final playoff spot.

Both teams finish the first semester at home on Friday (Nov. 30) when they host the Niagara Knights. Game times are 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m.