Celtics close out senior volleyball regular season red hot
GUELPH – The Bishop Macdonell Celtics are the hottest team heading into next week’s District 10 high school senior boys’ volleyball playoffs.
Thursday, the Celtics won their fifth consecutive match as they swept the St. James Lions 3-0 at Bishop Mac to complete the league’s regular season. The Celtics won 25-11, 25-15, 25-21.
The game meant nothing in terms of the final standings as they’d been decided with Tuesday’s games.
According to the league’s website, the last time Bishop Mac won the D10 senior boys’ volleyball title was 1971. However, there are six champions missing from the list since then.
The defending champion Ross Royals finished atop the five-team league at 10-2. Bishop Mac, last year’s junior champions, placed second at 8-4 while the Centennial Spartans and Guelph CVI Green Gaels finished with 6-6 records. The Spartans get third by winning two of their three regular-season matches with the Gaels. St. James was fifth at 0-12.
There’ll be a single quarter-final match Monday with GCVI hosting St. James at 4 p.m.
The winner will advance to play the Royals at Ross in Wednesday’s semifinals while Bishop Mac will host Centennial in the other one.
Semifinal winners are to clash in next Friday’s final at the University of Guelph.
The junior loop wrapped up its regular season Thursday with a full slate of four matches.
When the final point was scored, Ross kept first place with a 13-1 record while Bishop Mac was second at 12-2. Centre Wellington and Lourdes both finished at 9-5 with the Falcons getting third thanks to a 3-0 win over the Crusaders during the regular season. Lourdes won the other match between the two teams, but it was by a 3-2 score.
Guelph CVI finished fifth at 6-8 and was followed by Orangeville in sixth at 4-10, Centennial in seventh at 2-12 and St. James in eighth at 1-13.
Monday’s quarter-finals, all with 4 p.m. starts, send Centennial to Bishop Mac, Orangeville to Centre Wellington, Guelph CVI to Lourdes and Ross to St. James.
Semifinals are set for Wednesday and the final is to go next Friday at the University of Guelph.
Bishop Macdonell 3 St. James 0 (25-7, 25-15, 25-6)
Ross 3 Lourdes 1 (25-21, 17-25, 25-22, 25-20)
Centre Wellington 3 Guelph CVI 1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Orangeville 3 Centennial 1 (25-15, 25-22, 24-26, 25-13)
- Guelph Sports Journal