The Seneca Sting (1-9) fell to the undefeated Durham Lords (10-0) to open the second semester 25-21, 25-13, 25-21.
The Sting came out with an edge, full of energy following a chilling introduction of the starters by the public address announcer. A lengthy rally finally ended when settler Lior Mospan fooled the Lords on a second touch, finding an opening just beyond the attack line. The Sting battled the Lords throughout the opening set, ultimately coming up short.
Leading the Lords all night was setter Liam Gray, who finished with 33 assists. The Sting held the OCAA's all-time ace leader in check at the service line as Gray finished without an ace and four serving errors.
Offensively, Gray was instrumental in the Lords' balanced attack as seven of the eight Lords recorded at least four kills, led by Jason Cazes and James Hirt who each had 8 kills.
The Sting were led offensively by Gurtaj Bal who, in his first match of the season, had a team-high 11 kills.
As a team, the Lords held a 39-17 advantage in kills and 7-3 advantage in aces. The teams were virtually even in digs (32-31 Lords) and blocks (4-4).
Sting setter Lior Mospan finished with 13 assists and 3 digs for the Sting.