Lady Gens advance to WECSSAA volleyball finals

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls volleyball team is back in a familiar place.

The Lady Gens advanced to the WECSSAA AA girls’ volleyball final after a dominating three game sweep (25-10, 25-10, 25-11) over the Kingsville Cavaliers Thursday afternoon at General Amherst.

“We played a very solid game,” said Lady Gens head coach Jeff Miller. “They were unable to beat our defense and we were able to attack with every free ball they gave us.”

Robin Kellam set the tone in the first set by reeling off nine straight points and the Lady Gens never looked back.

According to assistant coach Mary Ewer, Amherst put together one of their best game of the season.

“We were doing all the little things right,” she said. “We made very few mistakes and didn’t play down to the level of our opponent. We did everything we were suppose to do.”

 

Christine Belcher (right) and Aleah Marton (Left) try to get under the ball after it is tipped over by a Kingsville attacker

Christine Belcher (right) and Aleah Marton (Left) try to get under the ball after it is tipped over by a Kingsville attacker

Amherst’s potent outside attack of Katie Breault and Christine Belcher combined for 32 kills and four blocks.

Belcher said Amherst put the pressure on Kingsville by serving the ball well.

“It’s all about serve and serve receive,” said Belcher. “If you have tough serves then you can put a lot of pressure on the other team because if they can’t get a good pass they can’t get a good hit.”

Amherst finished the game with only four service errors.

Belcher said she had a little extra motivation coming into their semi-final tilt.

“I really like beating Kingsville. It’s one of my favorite things to do actually. I just really enjoy it,” said Belcher. “Ever since Grade 9, we always seem to meet them in the playoffs and I guess I kind of made it my mission to beat them.”

Although the Lady Gens haven’t had as much practice time this year as in years past, Belcher said the team is coming together at the right time.

“I think we are definitely getting to where we need to be,” she said.

Amherst will square off against Essex in the WECSSAA final, which are a rematch of last year’s final and the OFSAA quarterfinal.

Amherst defeated Essex in the WECSSAA final but dropped a classic five game match to Essex in the OFSAA

Amherst’s Alyssa Garrett dives towards the floor in order to make a pass to the front row.

Amherst’s Alyssa Garrett dives towards the floor in order to make a pass to the front row.

quarterfinals, a game that Amherst still hasn’t forgotten.

“It’s pretty obvious how we feel about them (Essex),” said Belcher. “We have a lot of frustration to take out on them. I’m still upset about it; I’m not going to let an OFSAA loss go. We know what we have to do.”

The WECSSAA girls’ volleyball final is Thursday night at Amherst at 7 p.m.

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