St. James grabs its berth in CWOSSA senior tournament
GUELPH – No surprises in the District 10 high school senior girls’ volleyball playoffs Monday as the home teams swept all four quarter-final matches.
Winners were the Guelph CVI Green Gaels, Ross Royals, Orangeville Bears and St. James Lions which were the teams that finished first through fourth respectively at the end of the league’s regular season.
While all four gained berths in Wednesday’s scheduled semifinals, St. James won a little more as they also won a berth in the CWOSSA AA senior girls’ championship tournament.
“CWOSSA’s been a goal for us since the beginning (of the season),” St. James coach Joanna Ciolfi said. “We knew the league was tough. Bishop Mac’s a great team every year so we knew it was going to be a tight battle with them today.”
The Lions defeated the Bishop Macdonell Celtics 3-0, winning 25-23, 25-10, 25-20.
St. James had finished fourth in the regular season at 7-6 while Bishop Mac was at 6-7.
However, the teams entered the playoffs heading in different directions as the Lions had won three of their final four regular-season matches and Bishop Mac, plagued by a short bench, had dropped their final three matches of the regular season.
“They were just determined to stay energetic and playing just the game that they know,” Ciolfi said of the Lions. “When they get overanxious or overthink it, they get in their own heads so the plan was just to stay calm and to keep talking to each other, trust each other and help each other out.”
This season’s regular season for the D10 senior league was a little tighter than it has been for a while and that can do nothing but help the teams that wind up being the league’s CWOSSA representatives.
“It’s been great competition between all the teams, really,” Ciolfi said. “Everyone’s playing really well this year so it’s been a really fun season to watch.”
The CWOSSA AA tournament is to be held at Simcoe Composite School Feb. 20-21.
The Lions advance in the D10 playoffs to face the first-place Guelph CVI Green Gaels at GCVI Wednesday.
“They’re an amazing team,” Ciolfi said of the defending champion Gaels. “It’s going to be a good game against them.”
Orangeville and Ross are to tangle in the other semifinal Wednesday at Ross.
Guelph CVI 3 Lourdes 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-14)
Orangeville 3 Centennial 0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-16)
Ross 3 Centre Wellington 0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-16)
St. James 3 Centre Wellington 1 (25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22)
Bishop Macdonell 3 Centennial 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-18)
Guelph CVI 3 Orangeville 0 (25-12, 25-15, 27-25)
Ross 3 Lourdes 0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-2)
- Guelph Sports Journal