Courtesy: Georgian College
BARRIE, ON: The Humber Hawks faced the number one team in the east division and the hosts the Georgian Grizzlies in the second semi-final of the 2018 OCAA Men's Volleyball Championship on Friday night at the Georgian Athletic Centre.
The Hawks fought through a very loud home team crowd to take the match in three very tight sets 3-0 by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-22.
Clayton Blanchette (St. Catharines) was named player of the game for the Hawks after posting a team-high three blocks along with five kills.
"The boys came together, it was a group effort, I've never seen us play like that before," said Blanchette post-game. "The crowd was hype and it was a great atmosphere, it was fun to play."
Humber Head Coach Wayne Wilkins was impressed with his team's execution on the court.
"Probably in my most recent years, one of the easiest matches on a coach," said Wilkins. "These kids work so hard, I don't ever have to question or worry, they did it themselves and earned it."
The Hawks will now move onto the gold medal match against the Fanshawe Falcons on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.
"Our last match up was a barn burner," added Wilkins. "We are tightly matched teams. If we work hard and don't get any self-doubt, just stay confident, we will be fine."
The Grizzlies will now re-set focus in on earning their first OCAA medal in team history when they go for bronze on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. when they take on the Redeemer Royals.