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Junior Boys Volleyball
Gisèle Lalonde Titans put an exclamation point on perfect season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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 1 championship.

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 fashion.

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.

"We can 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 years.

"We should 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 league matches.

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.

The 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

'(Posted 6:30 p.m., May 1)


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