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Senior Boys Volleyball
Louis-Riel wins first AAA volleyball title in school history
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Richard Bucar reaches high over the net to smash home the winning point in the Louis-Riel Rebelle. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The 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 fashion.

The 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 ball.

The Grade 11 student had five kills in the first set and a pair of tips at the net for two more points.

The 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.

After 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.

The 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.

Once 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.

In 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.

Two 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.

The 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.

St-Denis 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.

"I felt really confident. I loved it. I think that was my best match so far," St-Denis said after the game.

The team will now head to Windsor for the OFSAA 'AAA' provincial championships which get underway next Thursday.

In 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.

This 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.

Head 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.

Team 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. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(Posted 3:30 p.m., Nov. 20)

 

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