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Fanshawe Falcons men’s volleyball capture first-ever national gold

The Fanshawe Falcons' men's volleyball team.
The Fanshawe Falcons' men's volleyball team. Fanshawe Athletics

After a perfect 25-0 season, the Fanshawe Falcons have captured their first-ever CCAA National Championship in men’s volleyball.

Far from home and in front of a sold-out crowd, the Falcons outplayed the Red Deer Kings three sets to one during Saturday night’s final matchup in Red Deer, Alta.

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The opening set saw Ilderton’s Mike Liscumb earn three blocks for the Falcons. A kill from London’s James Jackson and a pipe attack from Cole Jordan, another Londoner, helped Fanshawe come away with a 25-12 first set victory.

The Falcons continued to chip away at Red Deer’s defence with a 25-13 second set victory, but the Kings were less willing to give up their crown in the third set.

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Drawing from home crowd energy, the Kings were able to edge out a 25-22 win in the third.

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A quick kill from Uxbridge’s James Pratt gave the Falcons an early advantage in set four with back-to-back points from Jordan helping Fanshawe maintain their lead.

The Falcons soared to a 25-23 win in the final set with a 3-1 match victory.

Fifth-year libero David Gundrum was named player of the match in what was his final time suiting up for Fanshawe. The Port Elgin native was also named a CCAA Tournament First Team All-Star along with fellow Falcon Zach Albert.

Londoner Sebastian Lethbridge was named MVP and also received the CCAA Exemplary Leadership Award.