wins fourth straight OFSAA volleyball crown
By Fred Sherwin
dominance on the volleyball court has reached historic
proportions after the Titans won their fourth successive
provincial 'AA' championship on Wednesday, something that
has not been done since 1990.
Titans went a perfect 4-0 in their pool, winning all eight
sets without a loss. They then swept St. Mary Central
Secondary School from Coburg in the quarterfinals 25-18,
25-22 and 25-21 to set up a rematch of their NCSSAA championship
game with Samuel Genest in the semi-finals.
winning the first set 25-12, the Titans were pushed to
the limit by the Lazors in the second set, but ultimately
emerged victorious with a 30-28 win. They then kept their
unbeaten streak alive with a 25-18 victory in the third
set to win the match and advance to the final where they
faced a determined team from Stratford Central Secondary
Titans got off to a strong start against their Strratford
opponents, taking the first set 25-14. They continued
to roll in the second set, winning it 25-13.
finally got their legs under themselves in the third set,
muscling out a 25-22 win and spoiling the Titans perfect
run to the championship. Any hopes of forcing a fifth
set were dashed in the fourth stanza as the three-time
defending champions won the set 25-23 for their fourth
the only other school to win four straight provincial
championship in girls volleyball was Stratford Central
from 1987 to 1990.
winning their fourth straight OFSAA AA championship, the
Titans also manged to go through the entire NCSSAA season
and the OFSAA tournament without losing a single set.
year's team was led by captain Sabrina Roy who has been
a starter on all four senior championship squads. Other
members of the team include libro Jessika Bolduc and first
year player Olivia Witteveen who Titans coach Marcel Martin
refers to as a magician and conductor.
setting skills are out of this world," Martin says
about the Grade 11 student. "As far as setters goes,
I'm of the opinion that she is the best in the province
for her age group."
Doucet only joined the team a month ago to provide depth
at defence as the Titans second libro. Davon Von Eicken-Bursey:played
middle alongside with Élyse Patry, while Jessica
Bassolé was the team's back-up power hitter to
Gadboury is the team's youngest player. The Grade 10 student
and second year starter delivered the final spike that
killed any hope of a fifth set in the final and delivered
the Titans the gold medal.
but not least, the team was able to draw inspiration from
their paraplegic teammate Elsa Lalonde who was called
on to make five serves in the tournament and never missed.
This is Lalonde's second gold medal.
Members of the Gilsèle-Lalonde Titans
pose for a team pucture after winning the
school's fourth straight senior girls 'AA'
OFSAA volleyball championship. Team roster
includes Sabrina Roy, Élyse Patry,
Émie Gaboury, Olivia Witteveen, Martine
Doucet, Jessica Bassolé, Jessika Bolduc,
Devon Voneicken Bursey and Elsa Lalonde. Coach
Marcel Martin. Assistant coaches Sheila Roy,
Mireille Belcourt and Robert Mahlig. Photo supplied
a.m., March 7)
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