It's crunch time for the Niagara College men's volleyball program. The team sports a record of 8-8 and sits in a tie for the final OCAA West playoff spot with the Sheridan Bruins, the team they will host on Thursday, February 9th at the Welland Athletic Centre.
The Knights control their own playoff destiny. Win and their in. A victory against the Bruins will assure the Knights will compete in the OCAA playoffs. A loss doesn't necessarily eliminate the Knights, but the road will be rougher as the Knights would need a win in their regular season finale over the red hot Redeemer Royals.
The Knights and Bruins last met on November 26th in a match that saw the Knights sweep the Bruins 3-0. Since the mid-season break however the Bruins have been much improved, pushing the CCAA's No.1 ranked Falcons to five sets, and recording key victories over Redeemer and St. Clair.
The Knights will need to key on Sheridan's prized second-half addition Parvir Jhajj. The dynamic outside hitter has torched opponents in his young OCAA careers to the tune of 3.68 points-per-set.
The Knights will counter with veteran outside hitter and 2015-16 All-Canadian Jeff Scott. The six-foot-four native of Georgetown became the Knights' all-time points leader back in November. Scott is averaging 4.1 points-per-set this season.
The doubleheader men's and women's volleyball matches will get underway at 6:00pm at the Welland Campus athletic centre. The event will see the Niagara College department of Athletics and Recreation #MakeSomeNoise for mental health awareness.
The event will feature a social media campaign championed by members of the nine Knights' intercollegiate athletic programs, event t-shirts and apparel, prize giveaways, and most importantly a service fair featuring local Niagara community groups that support and provide programming related to mental health. Attending members include CMHA Niagara Branch, Gateway Welland, Pathstone Mental Health Services, and Niagara College counselling services.