By wins first senior girls V-Ball crown in six years
of the Colonel By Cougars senior girls volleyball team celebrate after winning
the Tier 1 city championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
By Cougars have left no doubt who the best senior girls volleyball team is in
the city after downing the Béatrice-Desloges Bulldogs in straight sets
to win the Tier 1 NCSSAA championship on Thursday.
off an emotionally-charged five set semi-final win over the five-time defending
champion Glebe Gryphons on Tuesday, the Cougars had already wrapped up a trip
to the OFSAA provincial championships, the only thing that still had to be determined
was whether they would be heading to the Quad-A provincial championships in Mississauga
or the AAA championships in Thunder Bay.
Cougars trailed the Bulldogs for most of the opening set until a power spike by
Jovana Novakovic tied the score at 23-23. A pair of unforced errors on the part
of the Bulldogs would give the Cougars the early 1-0 lead.
By only trailed once in the second set down 14-13, then at 19-17 they reeled off
three straight points to take a five point lead. Béatrice-Desloges managed
to get back to within two at 24-22 before the Cougars finally closed out the game
to take a two set lead.
third set was a see-saw battle until Novakovic made a block at the net for one
point and tipped the ball for another score to give the Colonel By a commanding
four point lead up 22-18. The Bulldogs then managed to get a side out and score
a point on the serve to narrow the deficit to 22-20, before the Cougars served
out the match for the win.
final match point came on a spectacular spike from the back row by Alana MacLean.
Alyssa Ashton also had a big game with several key blocks and Samantha Nishikawa
scored several key points as well. But the tone of the match was set by Cougars
centre Marijke Miedema.
thought she did a good job controlling the match, Cougars head coach Greg
Bell said after the game. As long as we got the ball up to her, she controlled
the pace of the game. After the first set, we really started to block well and
our hitting was pretty spot on.
the Bulldogs didnt have much of an answer for the Cougars tremendous
net play. Everytime Béatrice-Desloges managed to get the score close, the
Cougars were able to get a couple of big
points and stay out of trouble.
coach Joel Lavoie says his teams inability to establish an effective block
was the difference in the game.
really didnt block well and that hurt us. But, you know, were a very
young team, we only have two Grade 12s and eight Grade 10s, so we should be able
to come back and hopefully win the gold.
the end the final score was 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 in favour of the Cougars.
win marks the first time Colonel By has captured the Tier 1 senior girls championship
since 2003. For the last several years their arch-nemesis has been the Glebe Gryphons.
Cougars only loss during the regular season was a five-setter against Glebe back
in December. For the seniors on the team who will be graduating this year, dowing
the Gryphons in the semi-finals was the biggest match of their high school careers.
was a huge win. It was a much more emotional game, especially from the aspect
that it was against Glebe whos had our number the past couple of years and
the fact that it guaranteed us a trip to OFSAA, said Miedema. For
this to happen in my final year is amazing.
7:30 a.m., Feb. 27)
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