Centennial moves to top of senior volleyball standings

GUELPH – It looks like a case of quality over quantity in District 10 high school senior boys’ volleyball this year.

After running with seven teams last year and eight in 2017, the league is down to five teams for the first time since 2015.

However, the feeling is that the five are likely to produce some dandy matches this season.

Monday, the Centennial Spartans remained unbeaten as they scratched out a 3-2 victory over the Bishop Macdonell Celtics. The Spartans won 24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 25-14 and 15-12.

“They have a strong team,” Centennial coach Adam Wallace said of the Celtics. “They won junior last year and the guys who came up look like they know how to play which is great.”

The Spartans are a little younger than they were a year ago thanks to the graduation of several players.

“We have a lot of young guys,” Wallace said. “We had a lot of turnover from last year and we have a couple of injuries right now which is letting guys that might not get time, get in there and play. They’re learning on the fly and they’re catching up. They’re making some growing mistakes which are good things that we can learn from.”

For the Spartans, Monday’s match came in the midst of a busy stretch.

“We have a very busy week,’ Wallace said. “We had a tournament (at Waterloo) last week where we played eight games Friday and Saturday and we have another three games this week. We haven’t had a lot of practice time so we’ve had to learn at real game speed which has its benefits but is also not ideal sometimes.”

Centennial leads the standings at 3-0 and are followed by the defending champion Ross Royals at 2-0, Bishop Mac at 1-1, Guelph CVI Green Gaels at 0-2 and St. James Lions at 0-3.

The Spartans and Ross are to tangle at Centennial Tuesday.

 

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