Durham women’s volleyball team: Serving up a championship season?

The Durham Lords women's volleyball team is 16-0 this season. Photo credit: Courtesy of Durham Athletics

The Durham Lords’ women’s volleyball team is spiking its opponents so far this season.

The Lords are a perfect 16-0 after sweeping George Brown 3-0 in Toronto Wednesday and are first in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association East Division. Each match is a best-of-five and Durham has won 48 games and lost just five while racking up the 16 victories.

The team might face Fanshawe at some point in the playoffs, given the Falcons lead the West Division, and are also unbeaten, with a 14-0 record.

Tony Clarke, Durham’s coach, says the team has more experienced players this year compared to the year before when they didn’t qualify for the OCAA championship.

Clarke has been coaching the volleyball team for five years and says he has a great relationship with the players. Clarke played volleyball at Loyalist College from 1994-96 and went on to coach the women’s team at the school for seven years.

“I still wanted to be a part of the sport that I was passionate for, that I ended up being a referee and coaching made me want to keep on going. That was my way of giving back to the sport,” he says.

Clarke was named Canadian coach of the year in 2017, Ontario coach of the year in 2008-09 and East Division coach of the year three times.

He says the Lords are practising a lot better this season and they know where they need to be on the court.

Megan Romain, outside hitter, says blocking was the team’s main concern this season but there have been improvements especially at their recent game against the Centennial Colts.

“I feel like my team has developed into a strong working team. As long as we keep on the track that we’re going on, we’ll be able to make it to OC’s (OCAA) and play in the finals. The way that I foresee it, it’s going to be us and Fanshawe,” she says.

Romain is in the human resources program and has been playing at DC for four years. She has won different awards, including rookie of the year and second-team all-star.

The play at home next Thursday against the Seneca Sting at 6 p.m. in the campus gym.