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Senior thriller decides top two spots in D10 volleyball

GUELPH – It might have been a preview of the championship match.

If it was, the District 10 senior boys’ volleyball league’s final will be a dandy.

The Centennial Spartans remained unbeaten as they edged the Ross Royals 3-2 at Ross Monday in a tight battle.

“We expected that coming in the gym,” Centennial coach Adam Wallace said. “It’s not the first time we’ve played. We know how they were going to play and I think we did a good job of bouncing back every time if we happened to get down.”

The Royals took the opening set 25-20 before the Spartans came back with 25-20 and 25-18 wins. Then momentum jumped ships and joined the Royals for a 25-16 win to fourth a fifth set. Momentum reverted back to Centennial in the final set as the Spartans won 15-5.

“We got stuck in one rotation,” Wallace said of the fourth-set loss. “Sometimes you get stuck in one thing and you’ve got to shake yourself out of it. The guys did a good job of recovering from that and not let it stay down.”

The result secured first for Centennial and second for Ross. The Spartans have a make-up game against the Centre Wellington Falcons at Centre Wellington Tuesday.

It looks like a bit of a mess in the standings behind the top two as the Bishop Macdonell Celtics, Guelph CVI Green Gaels and Lourdes Crusaders are each at 4-3. Centre Wellington Falcons could join them with a win Tuesday.

Bishop Mac should be in the playoffs for sure while the Celtics will be joined by either the Gaels or the Crusaders depending on the result of Tuesday’s Spartans-Falcons match. If Centennial wins, the Gaels should be in. If Centre Wellington wins, the Crusaders should be in.

If Centennial wins Tuesday’s match, Bishop Mac, GCVI and Lourdes will finish tied for third. First tie-breaker is the record against each other and that doesn’t solve anything as they each are 1-1. Then it’s sets won-sets losses record in matches among themselves. That breaks with GCVI third at 4-3 in sets won-sets lost, Bishop Mac at 4-4 and Lourdes at 3-4.

If Centre Wellington makes it a four-way tie for second, then it’s solved earlier as Bishop Mac and Lourdes would each be 2-1 in matches involving only the four tied teams while GCVI and Centre Wellington would each be 1-2. Lourdes would get third with Bishop Mac fourth thanks to a 3-1 win by the Crusaders over the Celtics Monday.

St. James Lions and Orangeville Bears are seventh and eighth respectively and won’t play in the playoffs.

Semifinals are set for Wednesday with Ross and Centennial hosting matches.

Wednesday’s winners are to meet in Monday’s final.

Scores

Centre Wellington 3 Orangeville 2 (25-10, 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-7)

Guelph CVI 3 St. James 2 (21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 15-9)

Lourdes 3 Bishop Macdonell 1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 27-25)

 

Standings

 

W

L

T

P

Centennial

6

0

0

12

Ross

5

2

0

10

Bishop Macdonell

4

3

0

8

Guelph CVI

4

3

0

8

Lourdes

4

3

0

8

Centre Wellington

3

3

0

6

St. James

1

6

0

2

Orangeville

0

7

0

0

 

Junior

The four teams to participate in the playoffs was decided Monday, but the exact matchups for Wednesday’s semifinals will be decided after Tuesday’s make-up game between Centennial Spartans and Centre Wellington Falcons.

Centennial, Ross Royals, Centre Wellington and Bishop Macdonell Celtics will be the playoff combatants.

While Bishop Mac tied the Orangeville Bears for fourth with 3-4 records, the Celtics swept the Bears 3-0 Nov. 23 and that breaks the tie.

If Centennial wins Tuesday, the top three are straightforward with the Spartans first, Royals second and Falcons third.

If Centre Wellington wins Tuesday, the Spartans, Royals and Falcons will all finish with 6-1 records and it’ll come down to sets won and lost as the three will all be 1-1 in matches between the three.

The Falcons can’t finish first due to a 3-0 loss to Ross Nov. 18, but a sweep of Centennial would give them second and the Spartans third. Any other score leaves Centennial first, Ross second and Centre Wellington third.

Semifinals are to go Wednesday and the final is set for Monday.

Scores

Centre Wellington 3 Orangeville 1 (28-26, 25-9, 26-28, 25-20)

Centennial 3 Ross 1 (25-19, 26-27, 25-23, 26-24)

Guelph CVI 3 St. James 1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16)

Bishop Macdonell 3 Lourdes 1 (25-22, 25-12, 24-26, 25-23)

 

Standings

 

W

L

T

P

Centennial

6

0

0

12

Ross

6

1

0

12

Centre Wellington

5

1

0

10

Bishop Macdonell

3

4

0

6

Orangeville

3

4

0

6

Lourdes

2

5

0

4

Guelph CVI

2

5

0

4

St. James

0

7

0

0

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal