dedicates championship win to student killed in head-on
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
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.
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
and his father were both killed in the accident. His brother
Eric and his coach suffered serious injuries but survived.
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.
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,"
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.
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.
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.
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.
six holdovers from last year's championship team, the
Titans are one of the pre-tournament favorites.
says the team's biggest strengths are their play on defense
and their ability to serve consistently well.
we're very skilled. We're always in excellent position,"
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.
of the Gisèle-Lalonde Titans pose for a team
picture after winning the NCSSAA senior girls
AA volleyball championship on Thursday. Fred
2:30 a.m., Feb. 24)
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