The Niagara Knights men's volleyball program (2-3, 7th OCAA West) earned their first two wins of the season over the weekend, sweeping their weekend double-header against the Cambrian Golden Shield (0-4, 9th OCAA West) and the Boreal Viperes (0-4, 10th OCAA West).
Against the Golden Shield on Saturday night, the Knights came out strong, winning the first two sets 25-11 and 25-10. Just as they were looking to earn the sweep for their first victory of the season, Cambrian battled back and won their first set of the season, 25-22.
The Knights would put a halt to the Golden Shield comeback, however, rediscovering their groove to win the fourth set 25-12.
After the matchup with Cambrian, the Knights welcomed Boreal into the gym for their second matchup in two days. Niagara would allow no chances at a comeback in this one as they swept all of the first three sets (25-17, 25-20, 25-17) to earn the match victory.
Elijah Bugiardini (Hamilton) was a force against the Golden Shield on Saturday, registering 16.0 points, including 12 kills on 20 total attack attempts and three service aces. Against Boreal on Sunday, Bugiardini had 5 kills, playing in just two sets.
Micah Nieuwets (St. Catharines) and Jaydon Milne (Toronto) each had 11.0 points against Cambrian, with the former registering 9 kills and the latter adding 10 kills. Milne also added 8 kills against Boreal, leading the team with 8.0 total points.
Ben Fillmore (Port Dover) had 24 assists and 4 kills over Cambrian and added another 19 assists against Boreal.
The Knights will return to the court on Friday, November 16th when they host the Redeemer Royals (3-2, 4th OCAA West). The men's game is scheduled for 8pm, but will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's matchup against the Royals which starts at 6pm.
v. Boreal (Note: first part of game is cut off, but can be found here)