Titans put an exclamation point on perfect season
By Fred Sherwin
The Gisèle Lalonde
Titans junior boys volleyball team capped off a perfect season on Thursday
by downing the West Conference champion Glebe Gryphons in three straight
sets to win the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association Tier
The Titans went
undefeated in 14 regular season and four playoff matches. Over that span
they lost just six sets, all of them against the only real competition they
faced all season Franco Cité.
The two teams
clashed in the East Conference final on Monday in a five set thriller that
Gisèle Lalonde pulled out of the fire in the fifth set. Heading into the
match, both teams knew that which ever team emerged victorious would be
the heavy favourite to win it all.
The Titans eliminated
any thought they might suffer a let down following their emotional win over
Franco Cité by easily winning the first set against Glebe 25-15, thanks
to the play of their big man up front Alex Roy and the aggressiveness and
athleticism of Benoit Raymond.
They would go
on to win the next two sets 25-20, 25-19 to win the match in convincing
After the medal
presentation, Titans head coach Marcel Martin attributed his team's success
to their overall athleticism, their team depth and the fact that most of
them have been playing together since Grade 7.
put almost anyone on the court at any time in the game and they can play.
The depth of this team makes it difficult for other teams to match up against
us," says Martin, "especially in terms of our overall athleticism
and fitness. The only other team that has been able to come close is Franco
Cité but we beat them in five sets all three times we faced them."
As scary good
as the Titans were this season, they will likely be even better next year
when they will be returning all but three players. Martin's long term goal
is to take this current group to the OFSAA provincial championships in two
have a good chance at it. Five of my kids are playing club ball with the
Mavericks. We're not a tall team, but what we lack in height we make up
for in toughness and attitude. They'll go anywhere on the court to get the
ball. They have a tenacious spirit and they don't let their heads get too
big," said Martin.
As junior volleyball
teams go the Titans were a powerhouse this year, going undefeated in 10
In other high
school volleyball action this week, the Lester B. Pearson Panthers lost
in three sets to Franco Ouest in the Junior boys Tier 2 championship.
Gisèle Lalonde junior boys volleyball team downed the Glebe Gryphons in
three straight sets on Thursday to win the National Capital Secondary School
Athletic Association Tier 1 championship. Photo supplied
6:30 p.m., May 1)
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