OFSAA Mar. 5-7 in Windsor
LONDON – The DCVI Senior girls volleyball team earned their second WOSSAA ‘A’ championship in as many years last week by defeating teams from Woodstock Collegiate Institute and London District Christian Secondary School.
Salukis had their hands full in the semi-final against Woodstock C.I. as the two teams traded sets. St. Marys won the first set 25-20, while W.C.I. came back and won the second 25-21. The Lady ‘Lukes responded by winning the third set 25-19 before losing the fourth set 25-18, forcing a deciding fifth set.
In the fifth set, Salukis jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the strength of Abbey Thorup’s serving. The team continued to serve well and built up a sizeable lead, eventually winning the set 15-4 and earning a spot in the gold-medal match.
To earn the win in the semi-finals, the Salukis served extremely tough and passed quite well. They had to shut down a very strong Woodstock middle-hitter, but were able to neutralize her attack with strong blocking and defensive positioning.
In the final, the DCVI Senior girls matched up against the host team from London District Christian Secondary School. Boasting a couple of strong middles, the London team earned its way into the final with a straight sets win over North Middlesex District Marauders from Parkhill.
In the championship final, Salukis were in control for most of the match against Christian, thanks to their strong defensive play and pin-point passing. Although their serving struggled in the second and third sets, the team played well enough to defeat the host squad in straight sets with scores of 25-22, 25-15 and 25-19.
A strong left side attack, led by Maia Moore, and timely hits by Emma Bryans and Stacey Shackleton rounded out the St. Marys offence. Becky Knarr contributed a number of impressive digs, while Aimee King and Robyn Lewis served strong.
This is the second year in a row that the Senior girls team has qualified for OFSAA, with the team winning the ‘A’ championship in 2017. Several members of this year’s team have won four consecutive WOSSAA championships, dating back to 2015.
The OFSAA ‘A’ championships will be held March 5-7 in Windsor at Ecole Secondaire E.J. Lajeunesse.