Royals, Celtics set for a volleyball championship doubleheader
GUELPH – The Ross Royals and Bishop Macdonell Celtics will meet Friday night to decide the District 10 high school senior boys’ volleyball championship.
Wednesday, the two-time defending champion Royals edged the Guelph CVI Green Gaels 3-2 at Ross while the Celtics, last year’s junior champions, slipped by the Centennial Spartans 3-2 at Bishop Mac.
The Royals had a close battle with the Gaels as Ross took the first two sets by 25-22 and 25-15 scores. However, GCVI came back with 28-26 and 26-24 wins to send the match to the fifth set which was won 15-12 by the Royals.
While the other semifinal also went five sets, it was a little different as the Celtics had to win the fourth and fifth sets to prevail. Centennial took the first set 29-26 while Bishop Mac responded with a 25-22 win in the second set. The third set went to the Spartans 25-19 and Bishop Mac squeezed out a 25-23 win in the fourth set and a 15-11 victory in the fifth set to move on.
Ross and Bishop Mac met three times during the regular season and Bishop Mac won two of the sets. The Celtics won 3-0 at home Oct. 3 while the Royals won 3-2 at Bishop Mac Oct. 24. The Celtics came back with a 3-2 win at Ross Oct. 29.
Game time Friday at the University of Guelph’s West Gym is 8 p.m.
The same two schools will also have their teams meet in the junior final.
Wednesday, both the Royals and Celtics swept their semifinal opponents at home as Ross defeated GCVI 3-0 and Bishop Mac ousted the Centre Wellington Falcons 3-0.
Ross won 25-14, 25-22, 25-15.
Bishop Mac triumphed 25-12, 25-18, 25-12.
The Royals had finished first at the completion of the regular season with a 13-1 record while Bishop Mac was second at 12-2.
The teams also split their two regular-season meetings with both winning at home. Bishop Mac won 3-2 Oct. 3 and Ross won 3-1 Oct. 29.
Game time at the U of G’s West Gym is 6 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal