Thursday, 27 November 2014, 9:42 pm

Women’s volleyball team never giving up the fight

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Lucy McLay dives to complete a dig in Niagara’s win against the Royals. PHOTO BY JOSH THOMASThe last two weeks have been a whirlwind for the Niagara Knights women’s volleyball team, but when the dust settled they improved to 5-0.
It began with an emotional five set win against the Redeemer Royals of Ancaster in which the Knights trailed 13-11 in the fifth set before defeating the Royals 18-16.
From there the Knights rode the high into back-to-back wins against the Cambrian Golden Shield and the Boreal Vipers of Sudbury, Ont., on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16.
The Knights came out flat against Cambrian but were able to battle back and win the first set 31-29. The Knights took care of business after that first shaky set, winning in straight sets.
“We didn’t have the energy and the drive in the first set, and I thought they did,” said Head Coach Joey Martins, of Niagara’s slow start. “They played like they wanted to win in...


Victory in true Knight fashion

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The Knights women’s basketball team swept the Sault Ste. Marie Cougars this weekend in dominant fashion, improving its previous 2-2 record to 4-2.
It now sits tied for second with Mohawk in the west division (4-2), with the two teams facing off in Hamilton on Nov. 27.
“We need to focus on getting better and improving, which I think we are achieving every game. Our team has a lot of potential and haven’t peaked too soon, which is good,” second-year guard Mary Ingribelli said.
The women’s basketball program lost its Nov. 7 game against the Fanshawe Falcons, of London, Ont., 59-54.
The Knights played a fantastic defensive game, shutting down Fanshawe’s leading scorer Stephanie Antwi to a season low six points on 13 field goal attempts.
Fourth-year forward Kaitlyn McPherson led the team in points with 12 while her sister Courtney grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team to...


Chivalry begins with Niagara College student athletes

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Who says chivalry is dead?
The Niagara Knights have launched a community chivalry program, led by the student athletes.  The program is put together by the student athlete leadership team. The basketball, soccer and volleyball teams will all be helping out the local community in different ways to gear up for the winter season for their first major course of action.
Steve Stone, captain of the men's volleyball team, felt that with the community doing so much for him, it would be good to give back to the community and help out local residents.
“I've grown up (in the area), so for me helping the community that has helped us is huge,” said Stone. “So for us we are wanting to get people on board with the idea of 'we've been blessed so let's go bless other people.'”Not only will the program benefit the community, but Niagara College as...


Knights making a comeback

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Knights opposite hitter No. 2 Bret Polfuss and middle blocker No. 13 Aaron Vanderlugt block a hit in a home game at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre. PHOTO BY DAVID CHERNISHThe Knights men’s volleyball team battled back from a 0-2 start and won three straight games to become 3-2 in the standings.
The team travelled to Ancaster, Ont., for a game against the West’s ninth place team, Redeemer Royals. The Knights started the game winning the first set 25-21 and then dropped the second set 22-25.
Pulling away, the Knights then won the next two sets 25-16, 25-21 to take the game 3-1.
Outside Hitter Nathan Snippe continues his strong play with a stat line of 12 kills; seven digs while leading the team with 17 points.
First-year outside hitter Jeremy Williams commanded, the team recorded 13 kills and 15 points.
Second-year libero Bailey Cochrane recorded a respectable 17 digs.
“Our team came out to win,” Cochrane said.
“We recognized that the Royals are a strong team that fight hard and we knew we needed to come out ready to battle. From...


See the Knights for free, help the community

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Fans bring your old winter clothes to the Nov. 21 volleyball game at the Niagara College Welland Athletic Centre and get in for free.
The Niagara College department of athletics and recreation is pleased to announce the launch of the Niagara Knights Chivalry program, where the teams urge fans to bring old winter clothes in support of the Central United Church in St. Catharines. 
“A holiday season winter clothing drive is a great and worthwhile initiative,” said men’s volleyball captain Steven Stone said in a press release.
“We chose to support the Central United Church because keeping warm during our cold winter is important.”
Although their season is finished, the soccer teams will also take part in this program, and support the Pelham Cares Food Drive on Dec. 6. 
A donation box will be kept at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre for any person wishing to donate any type of used winter...


Best women’s squash in the country coming to Niagara

By Chris Perrelli
Staff Writer
Canada’s Samantha Cornett (right) faces off against Egypt’s Raneem El Welily at the 2014 Squash U.S Open. SUBMITTED PHOTOThe 2014 Women’s National Squash Team Championships could be bigger than expected for the sport of squash in Canada.
The event will be held at the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, from Dec. 1-6 and will feature the very best women’s squash has to offer from 20 countries spanning over six continents.  This championship is the most prestigious part of the women’s international schedule and is held every two years. This year, Niagara-on-the-Lake will play host to nine of the world’s top 10-ranked women in squash.
Although the resort features eight usable squash courts, White Oaks will have a much different layout for the tournament. Its four main tennis courts will be transformed into the main stage for this event. Tennis courts one and two will turn into four squash courts while tennis courts three and four will feature a players’ lounge where the...


Tournament raises $40,000 for college athletes

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Golfers scrambled to raise funds for student athletes at this year’s Niagara College Foundation Golf Classic. The tournament, held at Peninsula Lakes Golf Course Sept. 16, raised more than $40,000 for bursaries and scholarships for the Niagara College Knights sports program.
Niagara College President Dan Patterson played in the tournament and thanked all Foundation members and organizing staff. He said the event is a great way to bring the community together and raise funds to support scholarships and bursaries.
“Great day for Niagara College and a great day for our students because they’ll benefit from the money that we’ve raised.”