Celtics come back for junior volleyball title

GUELPH – The Bishop Macdonell Celtics just weren’t going to be denied the District 10 high school junior girls’ volleyball title.

Already assured of a berth in the CWOSSA AA tournament was nice, but having the bragging rights in the local league was the main prize for the season.

After dropping the first two sets of Friday’s final in the University of Guelph’s West Gym, the Celtics rebounded to win three sets in a row to claim the title with a 3-2 win over the Ross Royals.

“Being down 2-0 is tough to come back from, but our girls showed great composure,” Bishop Mac coach Bree Chaput said. “It was a game of great runs both ways. Both teams played fantastic and that’s volleyball for you. It’s anybody’s game.”

The Royals took the first two sets by 25-21 and 25-14 scores before the Celtics prevailed with 25-22, 25-23 and 15-3 set victories. The win in the fifth set aided by a string of eight consecutive serves by Mayah Capovilla.

“We had a joke because last season whenever the game was on the line, she was the one serving,” Chaput said. “She has a lot of experience at it. She’s a great player and she’s very composed and very confident so I was happy to see her on the line.”

Game MVPs were Alessandra Churchill of Bishop Mac and Emma Davidson of Ross.

The championship win was Bishop Mac’s second in three years as they had won in 2017. Ross took  titles in 2016 and 2018.

“This season has been awesome,” Chaput said. “These girls are absolutely fantastic. Their commitment level in practice. We have girls playing different positions than they’re used to, but every girl has bought in. We are the luckiest coaches getting to coach a group of girls like this.”

Both teams advance to CWOSSA championship tournaments next week.

Bishop Mac will be in the AA tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Simcoe and Ross will be in the AAA tournament Thursday at Kitchener and Waterloo.

“The talent is always good at CWOSSA,” Chaput said. “It’s tough because you don’t see any of the teams ahead of time. Last year we lost in the semis at CWOSSA so we’re hoping for a better result this year. I think our team is quite strong and going in off of a D10 championship and that momentum helps as well.”

 

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