Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Humber men’s volleyball team lost 3-2 to the Fanshawe Falcons in the gold medal game on Sunday.
Fanshawe opened the first set with a 4-1 run, and extended their lead to 8-3 which forced Humber to take their first timeout. The Hawks came out of the timeout on a 5-2 run which made the game 10-8 in favour of the Falcons. Both teams went back and forth for the majority of rest of the frame, Humber then called a timeout with the score at 23-20. Two kills from Fanshawe ended the first set 25-21.
Both teams battled for points in the second set, the Hawks created a 15-12 lead. Dylan Devecseri blocked a shot and the Falcons took their first timeout of the game as they were down 17-13. Devecseri had seven points for Humber when Fanshawe called their second timeout. Kamyn Wilkins was active on offence and defence as he had a block then a kill to put his team on match point. Fanshawe sent a hit wide to end the second set 25-18 to Humber, tying the game at 1-1.
The Falcons opened the third set 6-2. Three unanswered points from the Hawks began a comeback, with plays from John Obi and Devecseri. Two consecutive kills from Fanshawe increased their lead to three. Fanshawe then nailed down two kills which made the score 15-10 and Humber called their second timeout. The third set was out of reach for the Hawks as they lost 25-17.
Humber began the fourth set with five unanswered points, Andrew Blakey had two aces which resulted in the Falcons taking a timeout. The Hawks widened the gap to make the score 8-1. Fanshawe then made it 8-4, but Humber responded with a run. Fanshawe made a run of their own as it was then 19-14 Humber. The Hawks needed a response so they took a timeout, which led to them eventually winning the fourth set 25-22, sending it to a winner takes all fifth and final set.
The Hawks and the Falcons exchanged points before Fanshawe going up 6-3. John Obi tied it up at 7 apiece with a big block. Zach Albert blocked a Humber play to make it 8-7 before the teams switched sides.
Fanshawe controlled the second half of the final set and would not let humber back into the match. Humber took their final timeout as the trailed 12-10. The Falcons ended the game with a block and a kill. The fifth set ended 15-11, and the game 3-2 which gave the Fanshawe Falcons their second gold medal in the last four seasons.
Dylan Devecseri led Humber with 17 kills, and Rady Kim had 11 digs. The Hawks also had a .404 hitting percentage, with 10 blocks and 43 digs.
The Hawks should be proud to get to where they did, and to also have three All-Stars in Jake Gomes, John Obi and Dylan Devecseri.
The team will return next season to look to finish on the top of the podium with gold medals.
All statistics and game details provided from Humber College.
Featured image from Humber College.