Annual invitational helps shake off holiday frost
Classes have yet to begin, but for members of the Fleming men’s volleyball program school is already in session. Instead of hitting the books, the Knights will be hitting the court for some serious review as they prepare for the second half of the OCAA men’s volleyball season.
The annual tournament, which takes place January sixth and seventh, has been a main stay in the league for as long as many can remember; providing a much needed warm up for teams after a long Christmas break.
“It should be a good tournament,” states Fleming head coach Darral Rafuse.
Currently sitting ninth in their division, the Knights will look to better their first half position with some exposure to new faces and old rivals.
Long-time foe, George Brown has re-entered the league this year and will look to further their rivalry as they will want to keep their position above Fleming in the standings. The tournament will also welcome Conestoga, Canadore, Boreal, St Clair, Sheridan and cross town adversaries, Trent University.
Although, all teams in the tournament are using this event to get a jump on the competition for a second half push, the Sheridan Bruins is the team with the most to gain.
Now sitting tied for third in the west division, the 5-4 Bruins are poised to take sole possession of either third or fourth with the right wins at the right time. Sheridan is in the same division with four of the top five ranked teams in the province and is currently stands eighth in the provincial rankings.
The knights however, will be looking to get back into game shape and get some solid results in their home court affair, which could be a tall order because of some missing personnel.
“Two guys who are starters will be missing,” reports Rafuse.
However, the Knights bench boss remains optimistic.
The knights have had a couple of close losses to teams in the top end of their division this year. Fleming dropped a tough four set loss to second place Seneca earlier in the season, leaving room to improve and some confidence to build off of.
Rafuse is also hoping the infusion of a new setter will bolster the team’s offence, depending on how quickly he can gel with the rest of the squad.
For those interesting in catching some volleyball action this weekend, games kick off at 1 pm on Friday January 6th, with Fleming taking on Trent. The finals are scheduled for 5pm on Saturday January 7th.
More information on the schedule can be found at www.flemingknights.ca under the news section.