wins first AAA volleyball title in school history
By Fred Sherwin
Bucar reaches high over the net to smash home
the winning point in the Louis-Riel Rebelle.
Louis-Riel Rebelles senior boys volleyball team decided
to compete against the big boys this year and they more
than met the challenge, winning the school's first ever
National Capital high school AAA championship in impressive
Rebelles captured the title in three straight sets against
Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in a match
that included a marathon third set that needed an extra
16 points to decide.
The Rebelles won the first two sets 25-20, 25-20 behind
the exceptional play of U16 provincial team member Alexandre
St-Denis who seemed to score every time he touched the
Grade 11 student had five kills in the first set and a
pair of tips at the net for two more points.
Rebelles were leading 12-11 when the rotation brought
St-Denis back to the net where he single-handedly took
over the game. In a five point run, he smashed one shot
down the line for one point, successfully blocked a shot
on the next point and then made another kill to score
a point and win the serve back after the Rebelles had
lost it for a point.
St-Denis' display of volleyball mastery, the Rebelles
suddenly found themselves leading 17-12. They would extend
their advantage to 21-12 before the Ravens battled back
to try and make a game of it. Facing set point at 15-24,
the Ravens scored five straight before Kevin Russell put
the game away for the Rebelles with a well placed smash.
second set played out much the same way the first set
did. The game was close until St-Denis' second rotation
at the net. With his team trailing 11-12, he scored four
of his team's next six points to turn a one point deficit
into a five point lead.
again, the Ravens battled back to make it a two point
game, but the Rebelles ultimately prevailed thanks to
two more kills by St-Denis for the 24th and 25th points.
the third and deciding set, the Ravens jumped out to a
four point lead before St-Denis and Richard Bucar scored
back to back kills to narrow he deficit to 7-9.
more kills by St-Denis and his younger brother Maxime
tied the game at 11-11, and then St-Denis gave the Rebelles
a 13-11 lead with two more smashes.
play went back and forth until the later stages of the
game when the Ravens fought off five straight match points
before Bucar finally won it with a smash at the net that
ricocheted off the block and out of play.
ended the match with 20 kills, 2 tipped shots for points,
a block and an ace. Bucar had 10 kills and an ace and
Willy Dimbongi had six kills.
felt really confident. I loved it. I think that was my
best match so far," St-Denis said after the game.
team will now head to Windsor for the OFSAA 'AAA' provincial
championships which get underway next Thursday.
previous years he team has competed at the single 'A'
level, winning a silver medal at OFSAA in 2012 and making
it to the quarterfinals in 2013.
year they wanted to challenge themselves and set the NCSSAA
'AAA' championhip as their goal. They won all but one
game during the regular season -- their lone loss was
to the defending provincial 'AA' champions from Franco-Cité
-- and they beat Nepean in three sets in the semi-final.
coach François St-Denis s hoping his young team
will be relaxed and focus on enjoying the experience.
Afterall, with only two players graduating next spring,
they should be a bone fide contenders again next year.
roster: Alexandre St-Denis, Maxime St-Denis,
Willy Dimbongi, Fabrice Ahadi, Kevin Russell,
Mathieu Trudel, Felix Robillard, Ben Beaudoin,
Richard Bucar, David Quinn and Chris Nguyen.
3:30 p.m., Nov. 20)
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