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Senior Boys Volleyball
Cougars win right to join Bull-Dogs at OFSAA championships in Hamilton
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Bruno 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

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

As 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.

Both 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.

The Cougars went into their showdown with the Bengals with a decided psychological advantage having won their two previous meetings 3-0 and 3-1.

For 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.

The 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.

After 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.

In 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.

The 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.

Bruno 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.

The 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.

Although 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.

Bull-Dogs 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.

"We've 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 scratch.

The 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.

(Posted 4:30 p.m., Nov. 16)

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