At OFSAA ‘A’ tournament in Belleville last week
By Pat Payton
BELLEVILLE – It was a very respectable showing for the DCVI Senior boys volleyball team here at the OFSAA ‘A’ championships this past week.
Steve Chateauvert’s Salukis won three matches and lost three matches. Their tournament ended Saturday morning when they lost 3-1 in sets to Brampton Christian in the consolation semi-finals.
Coach Chateauvert told the Independent that he was happy with both his Salukis’ 2018 season and their performance at OFSAA.
“I am really happy how we did this year, and at the tournament . . . it was great,” Chateauvert said Saturday. “When we won, we passed the ball well and that translates into good offence.
“Defensively, we got the ball up when we needed to in some of the closer matches. We just stayed positive and played with some energy. That was the key for us in doing well.
“The game is a full team effort. Everytime the ball goes over the net, you’re trying to get three different people to touch the ball. Everyone went in there and did the best they could do.”
11th seed in tournament
The DCVI Senior boys were seeded 11th in the three-day, 20-team event. St. Marys was placed in the ‘A’ pool with Louis Riel, Mere Teresa, Espanola and Thistletown.
On Thursday, Salukis split a pair of matches to open the OFSAA tourney. They lost their first match to No. 6 seed Mere Teresa, from Hamilton, 25-23 and 25-20. In their second match of the day, the DCVI Senior defeated Thistletown, the No. 20 seed from northwest Toronto. The scores were 25-16 and 25-17.
In their first match of the day Friday, Salukis faced the No. 1 seed Louis Riel squad from Gloucester and lost 25-4 and 25-15 to the perennial volleyball powerhouse. Later in the day, DCVI played its final round-robin match, defeating No. 16 seed Espanola Spartans, from the Sudbury area, 25-15 and 26-24.
The win evened their record at 2-2, and earned St. Marys a spot in the consolation quarter-finals late Friday afternoon. In that match, Salukis defeated 14th seed Nicholson Catholic College, a Belleville high school. The scores were 28-26, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-22.
In the consolation semi-finals Saturday morning, Salukis played No. 7 seed Brampton Christian. They won their opening set 26-24, then lost 25-19, 25-16 and 25-21.
“Unfortunately, we just got beat by a better player today,” Chateauvert noted. “Brampton had one really good player; No. 12 was the difference maker today. He could hit the ball from anywhere on the floor . . . and he did.
“We were up in a couple of sets and just let things slip away.”
Note: Louis Riel won the gold medals, and Brampton Christian was the consolation winner.