Crusaders volley into senior semis and CWOSSA AA tourney
GUELPH – The Lourdes Crusaders swept their way into both the District 10 high school senior boys’ volleyball league’s semifinals and the CWOSSA AA championship tournament Monday.
“We’re starting to get things together right about the right time,” Lourdes coach Peter Ryan said. “We expect to have a really big game on Wednesday. We played good today, but I don’t think good will be good enough on Wednesday. Wednesday we’ll have to be great.”
The Crusaders swept the Bishop Macdonell Celtics 3-0, winning 25-17, 25-13 and 25-22 in quarter-final play Monday.
That win combined with a 3-0 win by the Ross Royals over the St. James Lions left Lourdes as the lone D10 AA team to advance to the semifinals and that meant they also gained a spot in the CWOSSA AA tournament.
“I haven’t seen any of them this year in competition, but I know traditionally AA teams in this region have been extremely competitive,” Ryan said. “The teams that we saw last year when we went were extremely strong and we don’t expect anything different this year. We’re going to have our work cut out for us from this point on.”
Last year’s experience at CWOSSA could pay dividends this year.
“Last year we went there with an all-Grade 11 team,” Ryan said. “In fact, we went there with all Grade 11s and a Grade 10 setter. We were definitely rookies at that tournament and this year we feel we’re a little bit more experienced. But the competition there is going to be really intense.”
The Crusaders had finished the D10 regular season in fourth place at 7-5 while Bishop Macdonell was fifth at 3-9. Lourdes also entered the playoffs with three wins in their final four matches of the regular season.
With Monday’s win, Lourdes moves on to the semifinals where they’ll play the first-place Centennial Spartans (11-1) Wednesday at Centennial. The Spartans swept the regular-season meetings, winning both matches 3-1.
“We’ve matched up pretty good,” Ryan said. “Both times we played them we pulled a game off them so we’re in the game. We’re in the competition. Of course in the playoffs the expectations and what’s on the line is much greater.
“We know they’re a favoured team, but we also know that if we come out and play our best game of the season that we’ll give them a run for their money and anything can happen.” Ryan said. “They’re both comparable. They both have some
The CWOSSA AA tournament is set to be held in Simcoe Nov. 14 and 15.
Guelph CVI 3 Centre Wellington 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-20)
Ross 3 St. James 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-16)
Centennial 3 Lourdes 1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18)
Centre Wellington 3 St. James 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22)
Ross 3 Guelph CVI 1 (25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 27-25)
- Guelph Sports Journal