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Men's Volleyball - Queen's vs. Guelph 2010 OUA Championship 20100306
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GAELS SOAR PAST GRYPHONS TO WIN THIRD OUA VOLLEYBALL TITLE IN FIVE SEASONS
By Jamie Howieson, Queen's Sports Information
HAMILTON (March 6, 2010) – The Queen’s Gaels are kings of the volleyball court as they defeated the Guelph Gryphons 3-2 in the OUA men’s volleyball championship in Burridge Gym on campus at McMaster University. Set scores for the match were 25-22, 17-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-13.
The Gaels came out of the gates determined to improve upon their silver medal finishes from the past two seasons. They quickly jumped out to an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout and fought off some strong serving by Gryphons left side Andrew Bartram of Aurora, Ont., to give themselves two set point opportunities. The Gaels would only need one as a stuff block by fifth year middle Sam Pedlow of Barrie, Ont., gave Queen’s the opening set.
However, the Gryphons were not travelling alone on this night as a large contingent of fans made the trip to Hamilton from Guelph to support their team and they made their presence felt in the next two sets. Driven by this support, the Gryphons used strong play from James Stamler of North Bay, Ont., to take over the match and capture the next two sets by identical scores of 25-17.
With another silver medal staring them in the face, the Gaels came out to start the fourth set very poised with Niko Rukavina of Mississauga, Ont., scoring some key points early on to open up an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout. The Gaels would continue to stretch their lead thanks to the powerful serving of Joren Zeeman of Cambridge, Ont., and eventually, a stuff block from Michael Amoroso of Toronto and Dan Rosenbaum of Hamilton gave Queen’s the fourth set.
As the championship trophy sat waiting on the sidelines, Queen’s and Guelph put everything on the line in the final set. The teams traded points early on before a big kill from Gryphons left side Jonathan Whitton gave Guelph momentum and a three point lead. Another Guelph point put them up 11-7 but once again, the Gaels dug deep and managed to fight back. First, Bryan Fautley of Oakville, Ont., put away a kill followed by a stuff block from Rukavina to even the match at 13. From there, the Gaels turned to OUA First Team All-Star Zeeman and he made back-to-back kills, the final one glancing off a Guelph defender and into the roof of Burridge Gym to give Queen’s their first provincial championship since 2007.
Zeeman, who was named the player of the match for Queen's, was a force all match as he recorded 24 points, 19 of them off of kills. Fautley chipped in with 11 kills while Rukavina had 10. Rosenbaum was once again the setup man for the Gaels hitters and finished with 45 assists.
Winston Rosser of Whitby, Ont., was the leading hitter for Guelph with 14 kills while Whitton and Kevin Stewart of Ancaster, Ont., had 11 and 10 respectively. Libero Gabriel deGroot was named player of the match for the Gryphons after recording 11 digs.
This is the Gaels third volleyball title in five seasons. It also marks the fourth banner won by Queen’s this season having won Men’s Football, Men’s Rugby and Women’s Squash.
Yesterday the Gaels rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Western Mustangs in a dramatic come-from-behind victory to qualify for the championship game. Guelph defeated the No. 1 seeded McMaster Mustangs 3-2 to qualify for the final. With the win, Queen’s advances to next weekend’s CIS Men’s Volleyball Championships at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C.
NOTES: The Gaels last OUA Championship came during the 2006-07 season when they defeated the McMaster Marauders in a three game series...the year before that, the Gaels defeated Ryerson to claim the provincial championship...Pedlow is the only current member of the Gaels who was on those championship-winning teams
HAMILTON, Ont. - It is rare that a team can sweep a season series against an opponent and then beat them a third time in the post-season, but that is exactly what the Guelph Gryphons did in the first semifinal of the 2010 OUA Final Four men's volleyball championship. The Gryphons came back from a two-set deficit to defeat the top seeded and defending OUA champion McMaster Marauders 3-2 (16-25, 25-27, 25-15, 25-21, 15-8) on Friday night at McMaster's Burridge Gym.
The Gryphons will take on the Queen's Gaels in Saturday's OUA final. The OUA Final Four is presented by Mikasa and AMJ Campbell Van Lines.
The match got off to a booming start with a large contingent of student cheering sections on hand from both schools. The Marauders scored the opening point and moved ahead 5-3 on a huge block from Shawn Bench (St. Catharines, Ont.) and Josh Lichty (St. Catharines, Ont.). A Jeremy Groenveld (Welland, Ont.) ace and a Bench kill sent the Marauders into the first technical timeout ahead 8-4. Another kill from Bench and one from Tyler Santoni (Kingston, Ont.) moved the Marauders ahead 10-6. The two teams traded points until the second technical timeout and McMaster was still out in front, 16-11. A Kevin Stewart (Ancaster, Ont.) block cut the McMaster lead to 17-13, but that was a close as the Gryphons would get in the set. The Marauders showed some great defence on set point with Josh Nederveen (Dundas, Ont.) diving to keep the rally alive and Lichty finishing the point to give McMaster the early one set advantage.
Set two started out the same as the first with the Marauders scoring first. Lichty scored back-to-back points to give MAC a 5-1 advantage. McMaster continued to build their lead and when Paul Podstawka (Ancaster, Ont.) pounded a ball from the back row that the Guelph liberio took in the chest the Marauders moved ahead, 8-3. Another Podstawka kill made it 10-5 in favour of McMaster. That is when Guelph started to creep back into the set. A couple of errors from the Marauders and an Andrew Bartram (Aurora, Ont.) block made the lead only three, at 11-8. The teams would trade errors until a Jonathan Whitton (Edmonton) kill cut the McMaster lead to 15-14. A couple of Guelph errors rebuilt the Marauder lead and a well placed Lichty tip made it 19-15 in favour of McMaster. A Jamie Stamler (North Bay, Ont.) kill and another Bartram block cut that lead to 19-17. Santoni and Stamler traded kills and a Winston Rosser (Whitby, Ont.) tip made it 21-19 still in favour of McMaster. Consecutive errors by the Marauders then tied the set at 21-21. The score would end up tied three more times with a Stewart kill making the score 24-24 to send the set to extra points. Tied at 25-25, a Groenveld kill gave the Marauders a 26-25 lead and Santoni finished off the set pounding a ball to the floor.
Down two sets things started to turn in the match for the Gryphons. Tied at 2-2, a Stamler block, followed by another block from Bartram, started to build a Guelph lead. The Marauders would miss on four of the next six points giving Guelph a 9-3 lead. The Guelph lead remained at six points for a while until a Bench ace reduced it to four at 13-9. Riley McAllister (Whitby, Ont.) responded with a quick tip, and then a block, to rebuild the Guelph lead to six at 15-9. The Guelph margin increased to seven points on a Rosser kill to make it 19-12. The Marauders didn't get any closer after that and a block by McAllister and Stamler gave Guelph the set.
Santoni came out hot in the fourth set scoring three of the first five McMaster points to give the Marauders an early 5-0 lead. A combination of a Rosser kill, McMaster error, and Stamler ace cut the McMaster lead to 6-4 and the teams headed to the first technical timeout with McMaster ahead 8-5. The teams traded points until a Stamler kill made the McMaster lead only two at 10-8. A triple block from Bartram, Stewart, and Rosser cut the MAC lead to 12-11 and Stamler followed with an ace to tie the set. As they did most of the match the teams continued to trade points, but it was a Stewart block that sent the teams to the second technical timeout with the Gryphons ahead 16-15. Another Bartram ace and a McAllister solo block would build an 18-15 Guelph lead. Out of a time out the Marauders responded with a Podstawka kill to narrow the gap to two points. The Guelph lead remained two until a McAllister point made it 20-17. Whitton and Stamler teamed up to make it 22-17, but another Podstawka kill kept it close at 22-19. A big block from Santoni had the Marauders in striking distance at 22-21 in favour of Guelph, but the Gryphons rattled off three consecutive points with kills from Stamler and Rosser and an ace from McAllister to secure the set.
Rallying from two sets down the Gryphons had momentum at the start of the fifth set. A block from Stamler and Rosser gave the Gryphons a 2-0 lead, but back-to-back kills from Groenveld tied things at two apiece. Whitton responded with a kill and an ace to make it 4-2 Guelph. Another Groenveld kill made it 5-3 and a Guelph error made it 5-4, but the Gryphons had increased their lead to 8-5 by the change. A Stewart kill improved the Guelph margin to 10-6 and after trading serving errors a McAllister tip made it 12-7. Another Groenveld kill kept the Marauders close at 12-8, but that was a close as the set would get. The Gryphons closed out the set and the match with kills from Rosser and Stamler.
Stamler was named the Mikasa player of the game for the Gryphons with 14 points on seven kills, three aces, seven block assists, and one solo block.
Santoni was selected as the Mikasa player of the game for McMaster with his match high 22 points on 16 kills with a 65 percent hitting percentage. He also had five solo blocks and ace on the night.
Rosser was the high scorer for the Gryphons with his 15 points on 11 kills, two aces, and five block assists. Stewart also scored in double figures with 11 points on five kills, four solo blocks, and one ace. McAllister directed the Guelph offence with 24 assists also contributing eight points on four kills and two solo blocks.
Groenveld finished with 14 points on 12 kills and an ace along with 20 digs for the Marauders. Lichty also scored in double figures with 11 points on 10 kills and a solo block. Hudson had 46 assists and 12 digs.
The Queen's Gaels won the other semifinal in similar come-from-behind fashion, defeating the Western Mustangs 3-2 (26-28, 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-12).
With the score tied 12-12 in the fifth set, the Mustangs committed two costly errors, hitting one ball into the net and another ball long to put Queen's up 14-12 in the fifth set.
Queen's would close out the match on a double-block from OUA first-team all-star Michael Amoroso (Toronto) and Bryan Fautley (Oakville, Ont.) to give the Gaels the victory.
Western led the match 2-0, before Queen's rallied to take the next three sets.
In the first set with the score tied at 26, Queen's committed a service error before Western outside hitter Mathieu Poulin (Winnipeg) put the game away with a kill giving Western a 1-0 lead.
In set two, Western galloped out to a 5-1 lead and easily captured the set 25-16 going ahead 2-0 in the match.
In the third set of the evening, with the score knotted a 23-23, Queen's Amoroso recorded a kill and on the next play teamed up with setter Daniel Rosenbaum (Hamilton, Ont.) on a block to give Queen's the 25-23 win and trimmed the Western lead to 2-1.
In the fourth set, Queen's took an 8-6 lead. Coming out of the first technical time-out, Western was called for a double-contact. On the ensuing play, Western misjudged a Queen's serve, letting it fall, but the serve caught the back line to give the Gaels a 10-6 edge, and an eventual 25-22 victory in the set, tying the match 2-2.
Queen's was led by OUA first-team all-star Joren Zeeman (Cambridge, Ont.) who recorded on 17 kills.
Queen's setter, Daniel Rosenbaum (Hamilton, Ont.) tallied 51 assists. Amoroso added 14 kills for the Gaels and was named the Mikasa player of the game for Queen's.
Western received strong play from Poulin who had 17 kills.
OUA player of the year Eric Simon (London, Ont.) returned from injury for the Mustangs to record nine kills. The fifth-year graduating left side hitter was named the Mikasa player of the game for Western.
The Gaels advance to the OUA men's volleyball final against Guelph on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Burridge Gymnasium on the McMaster University main campus.
Courtesy of McMaster University Department of Athletics & Recreation
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