Team defeats Dorchester in five-set final at London Westminster
LONDON – The DCVI Salukis Junior girls volleyball team capped off their 2019-20 season, winning the WOSSAA ‘A’ championship here at Westminster Secondary last Tuesday, Feb. 25.
At the Huron-Perth playoffs in Stratford on Feb. 18, the Juniors beat Listowel in straight sets in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final match against St. Michael Warriors. The team played some of their best sets of the season in the semi-final game, coming up short in three tight sets.
With both Mitchell and St. Marys bowing out in the semi-finals, a WOSSAA ‘A’ qualifying match was required. Salukis travelled to Mitchell on Monday, Feb. 24 to take on the Blue Devils. The team came ready to play and won the best-of-five match in straight sets: 25-12, 25-18 and 25-19.
WOSSAA at Westminster
In the WOSSAA semi-final game against London Christian, Salukis played a strong first two sets. Good communication coupled with tight defence allowed the DCVI squad to dominate play. They let London Christian back into the third set and were defeated before coming back in the fourth set to secure the victory with scores of 25-18, 25-11, 16-25 and 25-20.
After a lengthy wait, the team faced Dorchester for the WOSSAA gold medals. Salukis came out flat in the opening set, and were forced to regroup for the second. The remainder of the match was back and forth, forcing a fifth and deciding set. Salukis were confident and with strong serving from Ellen Thorup jumped out to a commanding 11-0 lead before securing the win. Match scores were: 13-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20 and 15-3.
Consistent setting throughout the tournament by veteran Josie Corby and rookie Ellen Thorup helped spark the St. Marys offence. Strong passing by Becky Walsh, Audrey Littlejohn and Lydia Taylor helped battle the opposing attacks. Regan Silcox and Julia Cameron made many key plays at the net to contribute to the victory.
Coaches Jessica Chateauvert and Tanya Thorup were pleased with the contributions from all team members and their ability to persevere and battle for the victory.