Junior boys lose WECSSA v-ball final to Essex

By Aaron Jahn

The General Amherst Junior Boys volleyball team came up short in their quest to win the WECSSA championship in a hard fought game against Essex High last Tuesday night.

Essex was the heavy favourites coming into the game, having gone undefeated this season and continued their winning ways to go to the SWOSSA finals after giving Amherst everything they had in an intense game.

Essex handily won the first two sets by scores of 25-10 and 25-15, but going into the third end with their season on the line, Amherst came up with a thrilling effort to push Essex to the brink before losing 26-24.

Amherst coach Kris Klassen said that slow starts had been plaguing the team in their last couple of games.

“Overall I thought they had a great season and they really came together as a team in the end.  For the last 4 or so games of the season they

Amherst players defend the net against a strong Essex attack.

really came together and I really think their skill level has increased dramatically over the last half of the season,” said Klassen.  “I was happy with their play last week against Walkerville, they came out a little flat but they picked it up.  I guess for the final here we were a little flat to start and a little flat in the middle but we were good in the end.  They showed that they could play with Essex and I was glad that they did show their best effort out there.”

He also said how proud he was of his team for coming this far to be in the championship game.

Amherst player Josh Laframboise said that the experience they gained this year will help the players graduating to the Senior team and those coming back to the Junior team next season.

“I thought we were very nervous, everybody, I don’t think we were prepared to play the way we did today and I think next year we’re going to be pretty good and I think we’re going to get to the championship next year and we’re going to win it,” said Laframboise.  “It meant a lot (to get to the championship) I don’t think we’ve done that for awhile now and we were just so surprised how quickly we passed through the other teams and came to the championship, but sadly we lost.”

Essex went on to beat Sarnia-St. Clair in the SWOSSA finals on November 18.


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