After winning WOSSAA for third straight time last week in Dorchester
By Pat Payton
DORCHESTER – It’s Kenora-bound for the St. Marys DCVI Senior girls volleyball team.
The Salukis, co-coached by Steve Chateauvert and Ruthann Waldick, captured the WOSSAA ‘A’ title for the third straight year here last Wednesday and will represent the Western Ontario region at the All-Ontario ‘A’ championship in the northern Ontario city of Kenora, Mar. 4-6.
For five fifth-year DCVI starters, it will be their third straight trip to an OFSAA volleyball championship. They are: Abbey Thorup, Aimee King, Nathalie Bettger, Robyn Lewis and Emma Bryans.
Last Wednesday in the morning, Salukis swept the North Middlesex Marauders from Parkhill three straight in the semi-finals at the Flight Exec. Centre. The scores were 25-8, 25-17 and 24-4.
“We played fine, but North Middlesex wasn’t very strong,” coach Chateauvert reported. “We let off the gas a little bit in the second set. They weren’t much of a challenge.”
Comeback wins against Woodstock
The DCVI Seniors had a tougher match in the gold-medal final in the afternoon at Lord Dorchester secondary school. They met a young and talented Woodstock Collegiate Red Devils team, which will be a force in years to come. St. Marys won the match, three sets to one, by scores of 25-20, 25-11, 21-25 and 25-18.
“We got off to real slow starts in the first and second sets,” Chateauvert said. “We were probably down five or six points in the first two sets, just really struggling to pass the ball and service errors.
“We battled back in both of those sets to win. We really put the gears to them in the second set. Abbey was all over the court, hitting from everywhere, and her serving was great. I don’t know, these girls just find a way to win, even if they’re down, and they found a way to win again.
“But Woodstock was really good,” he added.
In addition to leader Thorup, other Saluki standouts against the strong-serving Devils included: Stacey Shackleton (hitting), Nathalie Bettger (serving), Aimee King (strong defence), and Emma Bryans (blocking at the net).
“Yes, we have Abbey, but we also have to get the ball to her,” Chateauvert explained. “We need three contacts before the ball goes over the net. Everyone played really well and we happened to win it again.”
Note: The Huron-Perth Senior girls volleyball final, which was originally slated for Friday, Feb. 15, but postponed due to inclement weather, was re-scheduled for Tuesday of this week. It pitted the DCVI Salukis against the rival St. Mikes Warriors at the collegiate. Results in next week’s Independent.