Cougars win right to join Bull-Dogs at OFSAA championships in Hamilton
By Fred Sherwin
Lortie registered 23 kills and five blocks in three games for Béatrice-Desloges
which lost the senior boys AAA/AAAA volleyball championship in three sets to the
Glebe Gryphons on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo|
provincial AAA senior boys volleyball championships will have a distinctive east
end flavour this year after the Colonel By Cougars won the right to join the Béatrice-Desloges
Bull-Dogs in Hamilton next week.
National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association was allowed to send a second
team to the provincial championships this year thanks to the Bull-Dogs thrid place
performance at last year's tournament.
process of determing who would get the supplementatry bid was predicated on the
outcome of the NCSSAA playoffs, and in particular, the semi-finals which featured
three AAA teams and one Quad-A team.
lone Quad A team were the Glebe Gryphons, which earned a berth in the provincial
Quad-A championships after beating Sir Robert Borden in one of the semi-finals.
The other semi-final was between Béatrice-Desloges and Coloenl By. The winner
got an automatic bid to the provincial AAA championships and the loser had to
face Sir Robert Borden in a play-in game.
it turned out, Béatrice-Desloges defeated Colonel By in a hard fought match that
lasted five sets. The Bull-Dogs advanced to the NCSAA Tier 1 championship against
Glebe, while the Cougars would get a second chance to earn a ticket to OFSAA in
a match against Sir Robert Borden.
matches were contested at Rideau High School on Monday, along with the NCSSAA
'AA' championship between Franco-Ouest and Franco-Cité. The play-in game was up
first on the menu.
Cougars went into their showdown with the Bengals with a decided psychological
advantage having won their two previous meetings 3-0 and 3-1.
the Bengals to have any shot at redemption they needed to get off to a good start,
which they did, unfortunately the Cougars got off to a better start and won the
first set 25-21.
Bengals managed to come back and take the second set 25-22, but the Cougars regained
the advantage and the momemtum with a 25-18 win in the third set. The fourth and
deciding set also went the Cougars way, with Colonerl By winning 25-16.
Franco-Cite defeated Franco-Ouest 30-28, 25-10, 25-19 to defend their 'AA' title,
the Bull-Dogs and Gryphons entered the gym for their AAA/AAAA showdown.
their three previous meetings this year, the Bull-Dogs won twice and lost only
once. Glebe, however, came into the contest as the six time defending champions.
A string that included wins over the Bull-Dogs in each of the past three years.
first set was extremely close, but in the end it was the Gryphons who managed
to score the points when they mattered most and they ended up eeking out a 25-23
win. The second set was not as close, and the Gryphons won 25-21. The third set
was another see-saw battle, and at won point the Bull-Dogs had the advantage up
23-22, before a couple of unforced errors allowed Glebe to tie the score and eventually
win the set and the match.
Lortie proved once again to be the Bull-Dogs' strongest player with 23 kills and
a number of blocked shots for points, but even his amazing play and that of rising
star Alexandre Ferris wasn't enough to offset the balanced attack and precision
play of the Gryphons.
Bull-Dogs must now regorup and prepare for the OFSAA championships in Hamilton,
where they will try and improve on last year's bronze medal performance.
Lortie is the only returning starter from last year's squad, four of his teammates
were on the roster, which means they know what OFSAA is all about and what it
takes to make the medal round.
head coach Chantal Levebrve is hoping that experience, combined with a full season
under their belts in which they defended the Franco-Ontarien high school championship,
will propel them to another medal.
had a great season so far and I expect to do well at OFSAA, but volleyball is
a momentum game. If you can get momentum and maintain it you'll be successful,"
said Lefebvre, who has built the volleyball program at Béatrice-Desloges from
senior boys team has been to the city championships in each of the past three
years. Before that they won the Tier 2 championship in 2008.
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