The host Red Deer College Kings downed the defending national champion Limoilou Titans in three sets (25-11, 25-21 and 25-22) in the opening match for both teams at the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on Thursday.
Adam Turlejski was involved early in the first set, recording three kills to give RDC an 11-6 edge. Limoilou’s Steven Boutin tried to rally his team with a kill but RDC built on its lead. With five kills from CCAA Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year Regan Fathers and Turlejski, the Kings salted away a 25-11 win.
In the second set, Nicolas Fortin pushed the Titans ahead 7-4 with a couple of hard swings from the right. With Fathers at the service line, RDC eventually knotted the set 14-14. Steven Keating’s solo block ignited the Kings and the home team wrapped up a 25-21 victory. Over both sets, Charles St-Aubin had 11 assists for the Titans. Setter Thomas Wass contributed 19 for the Kings.
Kills from Limoilou’s Nicolas Doucet and Charles St-Aubin provided their side a 9-7 lead in the third set. With Jonathan (JJ) Graham at the service line, the RDC Kings jumped ahead 17-16. The Titans put up a good fight, but the Kings sealed a 25-22 decision, taking the match in three sets.
Regan Fathers contributed 14 kills, one dig and one stuff block for RDC. Nicolas Fortin had 12 kills, three digs, two assists and one stuff for Limoilou.
On Friday, the Kings will play the Humber Hawks in the semi-finals at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday’s other matches saw the Fanshawe Falcons sweep the Holland Hurricanes (22-25, 21-25, 10-25), the ACAC Champion Keyano Huskies sweep Griffons de l'Outaouais (25-22, 25-21, 25-18) and Humber sweep the VIU Mariners (25-22, 25-22, 25-23).
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