Centennial senior volleyball boys sweep Royals aside
GUELPH – Now that was different.
Usually when the Centennial Spartans and Ross Royals meet in District 10 high school senior boys’ volleyball play, it’s a tight match – not necessarily a five-set affair, but each set played is a close one.
Not Tuesday, though, as the Spartans swept the Royals 3-0 at Centennial, winning 25-17, 25-18 and 25-18.
“That was pretty good and we’re definitely happy with it,” Centennial coach Adam Wallace said. “Anytime you’re playing Ross it obviously means a little bit more because they’ve kind of had our number the last couple of years. This is a good win today.”
“It’s a good learning experience,” Ross coach Travis Oke said. “My guys now know that unless we play well, we won’t win this championship. It’s good if you’re going to play poorly, it’s OK to play it today and not November 7th.”
It was Centennial’s first win over Ross in D10 play since the Spartans won the league’s championship match Nov. 14, 2015 to cap off a season in which they also won both regular-season meetings.
Ross won both regular-season meetings with Centennial in both 2016 and 2017, years the Royals also defeated the Spartans in the championship match.
While Centennial won Tuesday, both teams expect the intensity level to be a little higher when they meet again Oct. 25 at Ross.
“It’s still early and we’ve got lots of things to work on,” Wallace said. “Coach Oke is going to come back differently the next time we see them. We know that so we know we have some things to work on and we look forward to seeing them next time.
“Everybody has a couple of things they have to work on,” Wallace said. “We’re not going to focus on one key thing, but practice for the next couple of weeks will be picking up some of the holes that we missed today and some spots that we did well so we can key on them.”
“I hope it was an anomaly and I hope we are better than what we showed today,” Oke said. “We have lots of things to work on. We have really young middles. I have one 12+ middle (Jon Howie) and the other two guys are competing for a spot. My setter needs to be more consistent and other than that, my best players need to be my best players and they weren’t today.”
Centennial leads the seven-team league at 5-0 while Ross and the Lourdes Crusaders are tied for second at 3-1. Guelph CVI Green Gaels and Centre Wellington Falcons are tied for fourth at 2-2 and they’re followed by the St. James Lions at 0-4 and Bishop Macdonell Celtics at 0-5.
Both the Spartans and Royals have been active in tournament and non-conference play and both have felt happy with their performances there.
“We’ve been to a couple of tournaments,” Wallace said. “We’ve done OK and we’ve played well. We haven’t come away with the end result that we were looking for, but we played well and we learned some things from it.”
“We’ve actually played 11 matches before today and we were 10-1,” Oke said. “We beat some Kitchener schools and we beat some good schools. We played well, but we didn’t play well today. And credit Centennial who did play well. That was the deciding factor. If they play well, we’re going to have to play well to beat them which is good for our league and it’s good for my guys.”
Centre Wellington 3 Bishop Macdonell 1 (25-20, 13-25, 25-17, 25-16)
Lourdes 3 St. James 0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-16)
Lourdes 3 St. James 2 (25-11, 25-16, 24-26, 17-25, 18-16)
Bishop Macdonell 3 Centre Wellington 1 (25-14, 24-26, 25-20, 25-17)
Ross 3 Centennial 2 (26-24, 25-15, 14-25, 19-25, 15-12)
- Guelph Sports Journal