The St Clair Saints volleyball teams will begin their second semester OCAA regular season schedule this Saturday when they host the Redeemer University Royals at the Sportsplex.
by Jay Shewfelt
The women will take to the floor at 1 pm. The St. Clair women are currently 5-4 on the season and in 6th place in the very competitive OCAA West Division while Redeemer is 4-5 sitting in 7th place. The top 6 teams qualify for the playoffs. The Royals beat the Saints 3-2 in their first match of the season at Ancaster in a very tight affair.
The Saints have spread their offense around well all season but are currently led by Shalena Horst who is averaging 3.5 points/set. The women are coming off a strong showing at the Adidas Cup Tournament at Durham College last weekend placing 3rd out of 14 teams.
The men will take to the floor at 3 pm. A young St. Clair men’s team has struggled this season after coming off their first ever OCAA volleyball medal last year winning a silver medal and placing 4th at Nationals. The Saints lost their entire starting lineup to graduation along with their top 8 point getters. The Saints are currently 2-7 on the season and in 8th place while Redeemer is 6-3 and sitting in 5th place.
St. Clair fell to the Royals 3-0 in their first match of the season but the match featured an exciting first set with Redeemer winning 31-29. Rookie right side hitter Michael Knight who is averaging 3.2 points/set has led the way for the Saints so far. Second year middle Justin Fisher is also having a strong season with 2.5 points/set.