Green Gaels too powerful to stop in senior volleyball final
GUELPH – The Guelph CVI Green Gaels were more like a Green Machine in sweeping to the District 10 high school senior girls’ volleyball championship Friday night at the University of Guelph’s West Gym.
The Gaels took the title with a 3-0 win over the Ross Royals with set wins of 25-21, 25-8 and 25-19 that surprised the Gaels a little.
“Ross is a really good defensive team so before the game I was preaching to my girls to be patient,” GCVI coach Scott Heasman said. “They’re going to dig lots of balls so try not to over-swing because they’re going to try to create points. It’ll be more like a chess match than it would be an offensive affair.”
Any time the Gaels gave up a couple of points in a row during the match, they focused a little more to regain the serve.
“We’re a really strong team and once we lose a couple of points, we build back up and we’re able to get back up,” GCVI setter Taylor Romans said. She was named GCVI’s MVP of the game.
After going undefeated last season, the Gaels went 12-1 in the 2018-19 season with the lone loss coming in their final match of the regular season, a few matches after they’d secured a first-place finish. Other than that loss to the Orangeville Bears, only one other team (Ross) took two sets off the Gaels in a single match. Of the 11 other matches, all wins, seven were sweeps and the other four were by 3-1 scores.
“One loss in two years is great, certainly,” Heasman said. “As I’ve said before it’s not the easiest team to coach because complacency can creep in, but these girls worked hard. They challenged themselves to do different things. I did the best to challenge them in different situations for this moment right here. To go through the whole season and only have one loss, you want to be standing on top of the podium at the end of the season.”
“Hard work and being determined,” Romans said as they key for GCVI’s season.
The win allowed GCVI to keep the title they won last year. It was also their fourth championship win in 14 years and their first back-to-back title wins since 1985 and ’86.
Setter McKenzie Coole was honoured as the MVP for Ross.
The Gaels advance to Thursday’s CWOSSA AAA tournament at Kitchener and Waterloo.
“There’ll be strong teams as they always have strong teams,” Heasman said. “We hope to go and make a little bit of noise. We’re going in as an underdog as always, but that’s why they play the games.”
“We’re right up there, but there’ll be more teams that work hard,” Romans said.
Other teams that have qualified for that tournament are the Owen Sound DSS Wolves, St. Benedict Saints of Cambridge and Brantford CI Mustangs. They’ll be joined by two teams from the Waterloo County league.
“We haven’t met any of them,” Heasman said. “I’ve only heard rumblings from different officials, but hopefully we’ll go and we’ll be competitive and when you’re competitive who knows what can happen.”
- Guelph Sports Journal