Rebelles threepeat as AAA/AAAA volleyball champs
of the Louis-Riel Rebelless celebrate after
knocking off the De La Salle Cavaliers in
three straight sets on Thursday to win the
National Capital senior girls AAA/AAAA volleyball
championship. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Louis-Riel Rebelles continued their mastery of the De
La Salle Cavaliers on Thursday, beating them for a third
time this season to win their third straight senior girls
AAA/AAAA volleyball championship.
winning the first set 25-19 behind the outstanding serving
of Catherine Amyot, the Rebelles trailed the Cavaliers
by as much as five points in the second set before storming
back to score four unanswered points to narrow the deficit
to just one.
the score tied 20-20, the Cavaliers scored three quick
points to get to within two points of winning the set
and evening the match, but an unforced error would give
the serve back to Louis-Riel's Nathalie Campeau who took
full advantage of the opportunity by serving out the set.
winning point came off an excellent dig by Isabelle Amyot
who kept the rally alive allowing Natasha Cloutier to
deliver a crushing spike.
come from behind win had the effect of taking the wind
out of the Cavaliers sails. The Rebelles jumped out to
a 5-0 lead in the third set, and at one point led by as
much as six points before De la Salle managed to battle
back to tie the score at 17-17 and eventually take a three
20-17, the Rebelles came from behind once again to win
the deciding set and claim their third championship in
as many years thanks to Catherine Amyot's three kills
and game-deciding tip over the net for the winning point.
Rebelles will now go for their third straight OFSAA banner.
Head coach Frank St. Denis will be counting on his team's
veteran leadership at the AAA championship in Waterloo,
especially from the big three of Cathrerine Amyot, Nathalie
Campeau and Karina Czechowski who was named player of
the game despite playing in only her third match since
coming back from knee surgery.
tore her ACL during the provincial club championships
last April. After going under the knife, she spent the
better part of eight months working her tail off to get
back into the Rebelles' lineup.
thought of going to OFSAA) really motivated me to work
on my exercises and get back on the floor," said
Denis will be making his 25th OFSAA appearance in Waterloo
and he will be gunning for his 11th medal. As a veteran
coach, he knows the Rebelles will have a giant bull's
eye on their backs when the tournament starts on March
been in this position before. This is a very good team.
We're not as physical as past teams, but we're very tenacious
and we're very sound technically," sais St. Denis.
Tousignant and Pascal Nadeau will also be playing in their
second OFSAA tournament.
of the Louis-Riel Rebelles pose for a team
picture after winning the NCSSAA senior girls
AAA/AAAA volleyball championship on Thursday.
2:30 a.m., Feb. 24)
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