Duplicating the efforts of the women’s team, the Niagara Knights men played perfectly on the weekend (Feb. 6-7), brushing aside the Cambrian Golden Shield and Boreal Vipères in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association action.
Improving to 13-3 to enhance their second place standing in the West loop, Niagara defeated the winless Cambrian Golden Shield (0-16), 25-11, 25-12, 25-19, and Boreal Vipères (2-15), 25-15, 25-11, 25-14.
Saturday evening Garrett Sunderman (Niverville, NB) ran a balanced offence for the Knights, recording 29 assists in the match. Jeff Scott (Mississauga) paced the Knights offensively with 11 kills, while Matt Friesen (Grunthal, MB) and Tristen Swinden (Whitby) each added eight kills. The Knights overwhelmed Cambrian, recording a hitting percentage over.400 on the strength of 36 kills and only 8 errors.
The Knights returned to the court Sunday afternoon when Cole Jordan (London) led the Knights offensively with eight kills. Jordan also added eight digs and three service aces as he powered the Knights to victory.
Matt Friesen and Tristen Swinden both contributed five kills apiece. Defensively it was Jordan leading the way with eight digs.
If the Knights can win their final two matches, they will guarantee themselves a bye in the OCAA Championships. They hit the court Friday, Feb. 12 when they welcome the Conestoga Condors (4-11, 8th OCAA West) to the Welland Campus Athletic Centre.
Prior to the match Niagara College Athletics and Recreation will honour the Knights graduating athletes with a pre-game ceremony. The match is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.