The Brock men’s volleyball season came to a close this past weekend, putting to rest a tough 17 game grind for the young team.
The final road game of the season for the Badgers was played on February 15 in Waterloo against the Warriors, with the Badgers managing to steal a dramatic 3-2 comeback win (26-28, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23,15-9). Logan House was a major factor in that match as he accounted for a program record 34 kills, achieving the highest total for a single game in the OUA this season. The win was the second in a row for the Badgers as they swept the season series against the Warriors, and ultimately ruining the Warriors’ last hope at the playoffs. It was also the first time Brock had won back to back games this season.
On Feb. 22, the Badgers hosted the fourth ranked McMaster Marauders for their final game of the season, which was played at home. The Badgers received a stiff reality check from the 15-2 division leading Marauders as they were beaten by a score of 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21). The loss dropped the Badgers’ season record to 5-12 and they closed out their schedule sitting alone at the bottom of the OUA West division, two points back of Waterloo for fifth place, and six points out of a playoff spot as Guelph occupies fourth place.
This season was the third since the Badgers men’s volleyball program was re-introduced to the Brock Sports scene. Back in 2016-2017, the team finished with a record of 3-14 and a season ago they finished at 5-12, identical to the record from this season. It’s been a slow and steady process of growth and development for head coach Doug Hanes and the Badgers and a 13-38 record over three years certainly demonstrates that there is still room for improvement.
Some help may be on the way for the Badgers as they held the official signing ceremony for two of their 2019-2020 recruiting class in the Bob Davis Gymnasium prior to their game against McMaster. The signees were setter Grant Reddon of the Aurora Storm and middle Hawkin Paleczny from the Niagara Rapids.
Of course, these weren’t the only ceremonies held in the final game of the season. As is customary in a final home game, the Badgers had their senior night festivities and acknowledged those that will being moving on from the team. The two seniors on the roster that will be moving on are James Parkinson and Medical Science student and libero, Felipe Costa. Costa had been with the program since its return in 2016 and is one of two Brazilians on the squad alongside Marcelo Correa. Costa has been a steadying presence and contributor to the team, best demonstrated by his production a season ago when finished the year as the OUA leader in digs. Costa made an official retirement post on his Instagram last week and attached a positive message.
“Volleyball gave me almost everything I value the most in my life…volleyball taught me what it means to be an athlete, to give my everything inside the court as well push myself outside the court to be best version of myself,” said Costa.
“I first came to this program with one goal: to start a competitive volleyball program. And I am leaving this program confident that I will see the Brock men’s volleyball among the top teams in the league very soon.”
The Badgers now move forward into their fourth year of existence in the OUA for 2019-2020, hoping for their best season yet.