Ross Royals bounce back in senior volleyball

GUELPH – The Ross Royals bounced back from the loss in their league-opening District 10 high school senior girls’ volleyball match with a 3-1 win over the St. James Lions Thursday at Ross.

The Royals prevailed 25-18, 25-13, 23-25, 25-22.

Perennially a challenger for the league title, the Royals won’t be relying on a deep bench this year. When the game is on, there isn’t much company on the bench for coach Renee Rees and assistant coach Julie Stedman.

“We’re a small team, there’s only 10 of us,” Ross coach Rees said. “Everybody’s getting a lot of playing time and we’re going to develop. I think we have a big ceiling to improve so it’s a good start to the season.”

The key for Ross to be successful will be to play as a team.

“Defensively, I think we’re pretty strong,” Rees said. “I think our biggest obstacle is our attacking and our serving and that’s what we want to work on. Once that comes and we eliminate more errors, we’re going to be a pretty strong team.”

The expectation out of the league this season is that it’ll be a little tighter than it has been for a while. The Guelph CVI Green Gaels won the title last season and the Bishop Macdonell Celtics won it in 2012. All other championships from the 2009-10 season on have been won by either Ross or the Centennial Spartans.

“There are going to be a lot of evenly-matched teams this year,” Rees said. “That’s what I’m seeing. That’s what you want. You want good competition. There are probably six teams that are going to be strong.”

In the only other senior match Thursday, GCVI defeated the Orangeville Bears 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-22).


Guelph CVI 3 Orangeville 1 (25-11, 25-14, 22-25, 25-12)
Ross 3 St. James 0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-23)


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