Gisele-Lalonde retains OFSAA title

 

By Joel Charron

Before the 2012 OFSAA “AA” girls volleyball tournament started  École Secondaire Gisele-Lalonde ’s head coach Marcel Martin hoped that his squad would live up to the hype of a number one seed.

After three days of competition the Gisele-Lalonde Titans answered their coaches questions by winning their second consecutive OFSAA “AA” girls volleyball title by defeating Stafford St Michael in three straight sets.

“This is fantastic,” said Martin.

Gisele-Lalonde’s road to the finals was a dominating one, going undefeated and not allowing more than 18 points to be scored on them in round robin play.

The Titans than picked apart Cobourg in the quarter-final (25-12, 25-6 and 25-7) before taking out Eden in four sets in the semi finals (25-13, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22.)

Gisele-Lalonde entered the OFSAA final having dropped only one set through out the tournament, the Titan battled their way to a 25-20 first set win over St. Michael

 

Players from Gisele-Lalonde celebrate their back-to-back OFSAA volleyball title afer defeating Stafford St Michael last Wednesday evening.

The second set proved to be more difficult as the two teams traded the lead several times before the Titans took control and a 27-25 second set win.Gisele-Lalonde took care of business in the third set, winning 25-19.

“I feel really good. We are all really excited,” said Nathalie Droulin, who was a member of the 2011 OFSAA winning squad.

Droulin said the 2012 OFSAA title is a little more full filling than the previous year’s title because the competition was much stronger.

“The teams were much stronger this year,” said Droulin. “They (St. Michael) gave us a really good game. We had to work hard for this.”

Martin said the OFSAA championship is impressive because Gisele-Lalonde only have seven players on their roster.

“How many teams can say they played with seven or eight players and win it twice in a row?” said Martin. “These girls are fantastic.”

Martin noted that there is a strong bond amongst his squad, many of which have played together for several years on club teams.

“They all try to work as a team,” he said. “They feel the game and enjoy it. They throw their bodies left and right for the ball.”

Martin also noted that their back-to-back provincial titles are a “remarkable feat” considering the quality of volleyball they face within their region.

“The competition in our region is ferocious,” said Martin.

Martin added that Gisele-Lalonde would have four of the seven players back for next year.

“We will have a good core back next year,” he said.

OFSAA convener Jeff Miller said he was happy on well the tournament ran and mentioned that he received many complements. Having been to enough OFSAA’s himself; Miller said they just focused on putting a quality event.

“Everything ran very smooth,” said Miller. “A lot of people said it was a well organized, first class event.”

Miller said having 50 volunteers from Amherst, Essex and St. Clair were a big help.

After having run a successful tournament, Miller mentioned there is a possibility of hosting another OFSAA tournament down the road.

“I can see myself doing this again, but not in the near future,” he joked.

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