Bruins volleyball teams fall in quarter-finals

Josh Butler

Josh Butler with some hang time for the Sheridan Bruins


The Bruins men’s and women’s volleyball teams both fell to the  Humber Hawks in the quarter-finals of the OCAA      championship at St. Clair College.

The men’s team could not handle the Hawks, dropping the  contest 3-0 on Feb. 27, while the Lady Bruins lost 3-1 the day  before.

“We battled hard all weekend, but I think eventually we just  ran out of gas,” said Dave McAlister, the head coach of the  men’s team. “I’m still proud.”

The men’s team went on to beat Durham 3-2, earning a trip to  the bronze semifinal where they would lose 3-0 to Fanshawe.

In the men’s attempt against Durham, Jeremy Fantin scored  29 points (26 kills, one ace, two blocks) and 18 digs. Josh  Butler put up 25 points, and Chris Adams helped out with 15  points.

Fantin (15 points and 10 digs) and Butler (16 points and 11 digs) also walked away with double-doubles against Fanshawe.

Jordie Bevan led the way for the Lady Bruins in their loss to Humber with 17 points (15 kills, two aces).

“We played well for the most part,” offered Scott Hunt, the Lady Bruins head coach. “Our serve and our serve receive let us down at points, but our defence was really good. I think we were so close in that third set that after it slipped away, we deflated a bit and didn’t get off to a great start in the fourth.”

Lady Bruins celebrating

Lady Bruins celebrating

The path to the bronze medal was also  blocked for the Lady Bruins when they lost  3-2 to Trent.

“When the match was on the line in the  fourth and fifth set, we weren’t able to  execute those basic skills and it cost us the  match,” said Hunt.

Bevan led the way again with 21 points and  11 digs.

Niagara College took home the men’s OCAA  Championship after defeating St. Clair 3-1  in the finals on March 1, while the women’s OCAA title went to Humber after sweeping Durham 3-0 on Feb. 28.

The Lady Bruins went 28-11 and 13-8 OCAA in the regular season while the men’s team went 21-13 and 13-9 OCAA.