NCAA notes: Canadians shine at all levels
A career-high 26 kills from Dominic DeWaele of Hamilton led the 12th-ranked Loyola University (Chicago) men's volleyball team to a 30-23, 29-31, 30-27, 30-27 win over George Mason on Friday night in NCAA division I play. “Domenic played an outstanding match for us tonight, which was great to see,” said Loyola head coach Shane Davis.
Earlier this week in a 30-26, 30-23, 30-28 victory of over Lewis University, DeWaele, the former Bishop Ryan standout, led the Ramblers with 18 kills including four consecutive kills to close out the second set. The Ramblers are 8-0 in conference play and 15-3 overall which included an 11-match winning streak.
Another Canadian player enjoying an exceptional season in NCAA division 1 play is junior Darryl Shank of London, Ont., with the Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons.
Named the conference’s player of the week for the second time this season earlier this month, Shank leads his team in kills after adding 15 more in a victory Friday night over Carthage College. Corey Stewart of St. Mary’s, Ont., is a setter and libero with the Mastodons and played one set Friday.
In Division II play, Jarvis Karchewski of Calgary and Christiian Rombout of Halifax contributed to Mount Olive University Trojan’s 30-23, 30-25, 30-27 victory Friday over Lees-McCrae which clinched the Carolinas Conference regular season title.
Rombout registered 10 kills and added a pair of key blocks in a 9-1 run in the second set. He was also one of six players honored prior to the match on Senior’s Night.
Three Canadians helped Yeshiva University Maccabees, a Jewish college based in New York City, defeat Cooper Union in straight sets (30-17, 30-22, 30-25) Thursday night to win the Hudson Valley men’s volleyball division III conference title.
Raphael Herkovits of Hamilton and Elchanan Margolis and Jonathan Adler, both of Toronto were on the floor for the big win. Herkovits had a particularly strong match with 14 kills and 1.5 blocks.