Ross Royals reclaim second in senior volleyball
GUELPH – Using a short serve to good effect, the Ross Royals reclaimed sole possession of second place in the District 10 high school senior girls’ volleyball league Tuesday.
The Royals swept the busy Centennial Spartans 3-0 at Ross, winning 25-18, 25-16, 25-15.
Many of the points, especially in the second set, came on serves that fell into the area between Centennial’s front and back rows. For most high school teams, that’s an area of the floor that is vulnerable and can be exploited by the serving team.
“We have a couple of players who work on their short-serve game,” Ross coach Renee Rees said.
The short serve can also put the defenders a little off balance if they happen to be in the right place to receive the serve.
“Even if they’re there, to pass up a short serve you’re usually on your heels so you’re popping it straight up as opposed to getting it closer to your setter,” Rees said.
While the Royals moved into second place at 7-3 with the win, the season has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. The win put an end to a two-game losing skid.
“There’ve been ups and downs,” Rees said. “I think we started our 2019 year more on a down and today, we needed this. We needed to see if we could demonstrate some resilience and bounce back from last week’s performance (a 3-1 loss to the Orangeville Bears). I think we did and I think we’re getting there. We’re heading back up.”
For the Spartans, who fell to 5-5, the match was their second of four in four days. They’re to host the Centre Wellington Falcons Wednesday and play at St. James Thursday. They defeated Lourdes Monday.
The Guelph CVI Green Gaels clinched a first-place finish with a 3-1 win over the Bishop Macdonell Celtics. The Gaels won 25-16, 25-21, 25-27, 25-23.
In other matches, the Orangeville swept the Lourdes Crusaders 3-0 (25-13, 27-25, 26-24) and the St. James Lions defeated Centre Wellington 3-1 (25-16, 25-8, 26-28, 25-18).
GCVI leads at a perfect 10-0 and is followed by Ross (7-3), Orangeville (6-4), Bishop Mac (6-5), Centennial and St. James (both 5-5), Centre Wellington (1-9) and Lourdes (1-10).
The league is to complete the January portion of its schedule Thursday before a two-week break for exams. Play will resume Feb. 4 for the final week of the regular-season.
The D10 playoffs are set for Feb. 11 for the quarter-finals, Feb. 13 for the semifinals and Feb. 15 for the championship matches at the University of Guelph.
Orangeville 3 Lourdes 1 (26-24, 25-18, 15-25, 25-18)
St. James 3 Centre Wellington 2 (25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Guelph CVI 3 Bishop Macdonell 2 (25-16, 15-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-9)
Ross 3 Centennial 1 (25-8, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21
- Guelph Sports Journal