Gaels win playoff preview to stay unbeaten

GUELPH – The Guelph CVI Green Gaels will head into the final day of the District 10 high school senior girls’ volleyball season undefeated, but they’ll be looking to continue to get better.

“The important thing is that we continue to improve our game,” GCVI coach Scott Heasman said after the Gaels swept the Orangeville Bears Tuesday. “Winning the last game and going undefeated isn’t what we want, we want to make sure that we are focused for the playoffs and that we continue to work on the things that we are working on to make us a better team, a more competitive team and, hopefully, a team that is going to be able to move on.”

The match against the Bears was a playoff preview for both teams as they’ll meet again Monday at GCVI. The Gaels are guaranteed of finishing first and Orangeville will finish eighth and their records are the exact opposite of one another. GCVI is 13-0 and have won 39 of 42 sets. Orangeville is 0-13 and have won three of 42 sets.

“We’ll approach it a little differently,” Heasman said of Monday’s quarter-final. “This game here we were still able to play our bench whereas in that game there we’re focused on the playoffs and in my opinion, that’s a different animal. We’re trying to work on some different things to make us an even more competitive team and an even more dangerous team and hopefully we’ll use that game to practise those skills.”

Tuesday, the Gaels prevailed 25-15, 25-8, 25-13.

The Gaels have moved up from last season when they finished third at 10-4 and reached the semifinals before being ousted by the second-place St. James Lions.

“We have some serious talent and they have worked hard on developing a little more complex game rather than just the status quo,” Heasman said.

“We have a good attitude and we play like a team instead of playing as individuals,” captain Cassidy Andrews said. “Everyone is a strong player, we don’t have a weak link that brings the team down. That’s the secret – and hard work.”

While GCVI leads the league, they’re followed by the Centennial Spartans (10-3), Ross Royals (8-5), Bishop Macdonell Celtics (7-6), St. James (7-6), Lourdes Crusades (4-9), Centre Wellington Falcons (3-10) and Orangeville.

The Gaels will get a good test prior to the playoffs as they’re to play the Spartans at Centennial Thursday to wrap up the regular season.

After that it’s the one-week grind that is the D10 playoffs. The quarter-finals are set for Monday, semifinals next Wednesday and the final is to go next Friday at 8 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

“We have to stay calm and stay focused because sometimes we lose track of what we’re doing,” Andrews said of GCVI’s key to playoff success. “We have to stay focused, play hard, move our feet and just communicate and we’ll be fine.”

 

Other Scores

Ross 3 Lourdes 1 (25-10, 25-15, 29-31, 25-10)

St. James 3 Centennial 2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-12)

Bishop Macdonell 3 Centre Wellington 1 (25-9, 23-25, 25-11, 25-14)

 

JUNIOR

Ross 3 Lourdes 0 (25-7, 25-10, 25-12)

Orangeville 3 Guelph CVI 1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-22)

St. James 3 Centennial 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-12)

Bishop Macdonell 3 Centre Wellington 2 (25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 17-25, 16-14)

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