And then there were 4...

          So it has been settled, after a rigorous  20 games season full of highs, and LOWS, the Windsor Lancers have made the OUA Men's Volleyball Final Four. The boys from the south, led by 5th year senior Adam Thompson, are headed to the David Braley Athletic Centre in Hamilton for their semi-final clash with the #1 ranked McMaster Marauders.

         At the beginning of the season, qualifying for the playoffs was expected, but throughout the season, it seemed like more of a dream. Many 5th set losses had the Lancers under .500 going into the Christmas Break, but with a strong second half, and an imploding Guelph side working their way down the standings, the Lancers grabbed the final playoff spot with a 10-10 record. After an extremely tough 5 set loss to the rival Western Mustangs, coach James Gravelle rallied the troops and pushed the boys into the playoffs.

         With their head's high, the Lancers made the trip to the former Maple Leaf Gardens on Saturday to face the second seeded Ryerson Rams. The Lancers came storming out of the gate as they took an early two sets to none lead. Their Left side platoon was strong as Greg Simone and Jake McNeil started hot, while Shawn Reaume and Chad Hinchey closed the match. The Lancers shut down the Rams' dominant offence that includes strong third year middle blocker, Uchenna Ofoha.
This upset left the Rams, along with the OUA, shocked and on high alert about this surging Lancers team.
        With a tough match on their hands Friday night in the semis, the travelling "Party Army" needs to be in full attendance to root on the boys. Regardless of their result on Friday, the boys will have a shot at a spot in Nationals on Saturday evening. It has been a year to remember, with big upsets, and great memories, and the Lancer family needs to help the boys book their flights to Saskatoon for the Nationals. With many chapters in this "story book" of a season already written, the final chapter is still to come.

** Their semi final match is Friday at 8pm. Bronze medal is Saturday, 5:30pm and Gold at 8pm. If you can't make it to Hamilton, you can support the Lancers by watching the match on**