Perfect during the regular season, now on to the playoffs.
The provincial championships are up next for Durham Lords men’s volleyball team after finishing off the regular season with an undefeated record, 18-0. By clinching the number one position in the East Division, the team automatically receives a bye into the Ontario championships, Feb. 27-March 1 at St. Clair College in Windsor.
Both the Lords men’s and women’s volleyball teams swept Sir Sandford Fleming’s Knights in their final regular seasons matches Feb. 12 at Durham.
“The Oshawa- Peterborough rivalry it’s alive and well with Fleming,” said George Matsusaki, men’s volleyball head coach.
Fleming, tied for second in the East with an 11-6 record, was the last team for Lords to conquer in their undefeated regular season.
“We got a veteran team, a lot of guys have been here before so we knew we had a good squad coming in,” said Matsusaki, whose team is ranked fourth in Canada.
The Knights proved to be no match for the Lords.
The men’s team dominated in their game, winning 25-18, 25-16, 25-11. Erik Janssen had 14 kills, Jeremy Hoekstra seven and Nick Coleman six.
The Durham women also cruised to victory, 25-15, 25-17, 25-16.
“They’ve been in that situation before, winning the East. They know going into the OCAA championships that it’s not going to be a cakewalk,” said Scott Dennis, sports information and marketing officer at Durham College.
The women’s team plays their qualifying game at St. Clair College on Feb. 21.