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Senior Girls Volleyball
Gisèle-Lalonde dedicates championship win to student killed in head-on collision
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the Gisèle-Lalonde Titans celebrate after knocking off Samuel Genest three sets to one to win the senior girls AA volleyball championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Moments after the Gisèle-Lalonde Titans won their second senior girls AA volleyball championship in the past three years on Thursday, they dedicated their victory to Grade 10 student Thomas Duffy who was killed in a head-on collision while driving to a freestyle ski competition on Wednesday.

An accomplished freestyke skier, Duffy was heading to the Ontario championships in Collingwood with his father David, his 10-year-old brother Eric and his ski coach Steve Hambling, when the minivan they were driving in hit a patch of black ice on Hwy. 7 near Perth, crossed the centre line and collided with another minivan heading in the opposite direction.

Thomas and his father were both killed in the accident. His brother Eric and his coach suffered serious injuries but survived.

News of the accident rocked the east end school located next to Millennium Park. Most of the players either knew Thomas or his older sister Victoria, who is in Grade 12.

"The last two days have been really rough. It's been hard on everyone," Titans captain and game MVP Nathalie Drouin said after the trophy presentation. "We wanted to dedicate the game to Thomas and the Duffy family,"

The Titans appeared nervous and tight in the early going against Samuel Genest, but after spotting the Lazors an early 11-3 lead they stormed back to win the first set 25-17.

Samuel Genest evened things up by taking the second set 25-22, but it was all Gisèle-Lalonde from there on. The defending OFSAA champions took the third set 25-18 and then scored the last six points to win the fourth set 25-19.

After the game, Titans head coach Marcel Martin said the team was determined to win back the city championship they relinquished to De La Salle last year.

"We lost the championship last year, but we still won at OFSAA. This year the girls really wanted to go to OFSAA the champs. Personally, I don't really care," said Martin.

With six holdovers from last year's championship team, the Titans are one of the pre-tournament favorites.

Martin says the team's biggest strengths are their play on defense and their ability to serve consistently well.

"Defensively we're very skilled. We're always in excellent position," said Martin.

Drouin led the Titans with 22 kills and five blocks. Sisters Sabrina and Rebecca Roy had nine kills each and Ana Martin had seven kills and six aces.

Members of the Gisèle-Lalonde Titans pose for a team picture after winning the NCSSAA senior girls AA volleyball championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


(Posted 2:30 a.m., Feb. 24)

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