Lady Gens back in WECSSAA “A” volleyball finals

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens volleyball team is back in familiar waters.

The Lady Gens earned a returned trip to the WECSSAA AA final after disposing of the Kingsville Cavaliers (25-22, 25-13, 25-13) Thursday evening’s semi-finals.

Amherst will square off against the visiting Essex Red Raiders Thursday at 7 p.m.

It took roughly half a set for the Lady Gens to get on track. They trailed the first set by two points before making a surge and building a lead, however with the game seemingly in hand Kingsville charged with a string of points but could not over come their deficit.

“We knew they were going to be a good team. They always put up a fight,” said Rebecca Krug.

After the first set scare the Lady Gens handled business, defeating the Cavaliers 25-13 in sets two and three.

 

Amherst’s Katie Breault (8) tips the ball just over the outstretched fingures of a Kingsville defender.

Krug served well throughout the match against Kingsville with the highlight being at the start of the third set. With Krug serving, the Lady Gens reeled off the first 11 points of what turned out to be the final set.

“We were all super pumped,” said Krug. “I was determined to win this game. I was just happy I was having a good serving game.”

Krug added that she was “very happy” that the lady Gens advanced to the WECSSAA final, stating the defending champs want to show their opponents they deserve to play at OFSAA rather than playing in it due to the host team receiving a automatic bid.

“We want to earn our way to OFSAA,” said Krug. “So far I think we’ve done a pretty good job earning our way.”

Head coach Jeff Miller mentioned that Kingsville came into the game with a lot of emotion but had faith in his squad when the Cavaliers made their first set charge.

“We were ahead comfortably,” said Miller. “I didn’t care for how we closed them out in the first game.”

Christine Belcher, who made her return last week with limited playing time played a full game and impressed her head coach.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen Christine swing like that since she’s been back,” said Miller.

Miller also added that he feels the Lady Gens are starting to peak at the right time, which is key for a long postseason push.

During last years OFSAA run, Miller noted the Lady Gens had injuries and weren’t playing at a high level and finished out of the medal, however he doesn’t see a repeat of last year.

“The kids generally do rise up at this time of year and start putting it together and playing the way they are capable of playing,” said Miller.

 

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