Men’s volleyball loses a see-saw battle against tough Redeemer Royals

Ryann Kahler

Sports Reporter

Humber Hawks men’s volleyball team kept it close but couldn’t take the game against the Redeemer Royals on Wednesday.

Although, both teams were playing point for point throughout the match, Humber was unsuccessful, losing three out for the four sets in the battle at Ancaster. Neverthless, they left with their heads held high knowing that they did not make it an easy win for Redeemer.

Humber lost the first set of the night 25-23, but came back in the second set with an emphatic win of 25-14.

Humber Hawks’ Clayton Blanchette manufactured many points for his team with his powerful serves that made it difficult for the Royals to return.

Throughout the third and forth sets the points remained close and conflict arose with the referee; fighting some calls.

“Try to get them to understand and block it out, but on the other hand that is what motivates them,” Hawks’ head coach Wayne Wilkins said when refereeing to the conflict.

The gymnasium was full of people cheering and screaming for the Royals. Chants of  “Let’s go Royals,” and fans singing “When The Saints Go Marching In” echoed through the gym.

During every last point in all four sets, the crowd crowd stood up.

“It is a ton of fun, 300 to 400 people cheering, though sometimes it can be a distraction, but overall is a ton of fun,” Royals’ head coach Brad Douwes said.

The Hawks’ 13 rookies have come a long way so far this season, but the break cannot come soon enough, Wilkins said. “We have a ton of injuries and need a break,” he said.

“I think we need the break. Time to regroup and get the team back together,” Blanchette said.

The Hawks’ will continue their regular season on Jan. 14 at Sheridan against the Bruins in Oakville.

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