Lady Gens bring home silver medal from OFSAA

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens trip the OFSSA tournament in Ottawa last week had a silver lining.

The Lady Gens returned from the girls’ AA provincial volleyball tournament with silver medal hanging around their necks and exercising the demons from quarterfinal exit last year.

The Lady Gens came into OFSSA ranked fourth.

In the week leading up to the tournament Lady Gens outside hitter Katie Breault the team seemed to be peaking at the right time.

“Everyone on our team noticed the practices were getting more intense,” said Breault. “Everyone was playing better overall. At our last practice, Coach Miller told us if we played like that way that we could beat anyone at OFSSA.”

General Amherst carried that momentum into the first day of the tournament defeating Lo-Ellen (25-20, 25-22), Norwell (25-14, 21-25, 15-11), Timmins (25-13, 25-9) and L’Escale (25-17, 25-10) and grabbed first place in their division.

 

General Amherst Lady Gens captured the girls AA volleyball silver medal last week in Ottawa.

General Amherst Lady Gens captured the girls AA volleyball silver medal last week in Ottawa.

Breault said the Lady Gens were able to play the entire team in the round robin stage but admits the squad didn’t play to their potential.

In the quarterfinals the Lady Gens drew the tournament’s second seed Eden and defeated 25-16, 25-7, 24-26 and 27-25.

“We played phenomenal,” said Breault.

The Lady Gens took on Samuel-Genest in the semi-finals and according to Breault, the Lady Gens played one of their best matches of the year.

General Amherst would go on to win, defeating Samuel-Genest in four sets (23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-11.)

“Their defense wasn’t up to par and they made a lot of mental mistakes in key situations of the game,” explained Breault. “We all came to play, we dug up balls and played really hard.”

Breault praised setter Sarah Bondy for her “spot on setting.”

“She was able to set the pin well and we hammered it home,” said Breault.

In the finals the Lady Gens squared off against the back-to-back OFSSA champions Gisele-Lalonde.

Unfortunately the General Amherst came up short, losing the championship in three straight sets 22-25, 13-25 20-25.

“I think we were all pretty much drained,’ said Breault. “We played average in the finals.”

Breault said the Lady gens were upset they didn’t win gold but was very pleased with the silver medal effort.

“We were able to quickly get over the loss and enjoy our accomplishment,” she said. “We wish we would have played better but it I guess it wasn’t meant to be.”

Although there were tears streaming down players faces, Breault said it wasn’t because they had lost but because that would be the last time many of the girls would play together.

“It’s been awesome to play with some of these girls. Some of us having playing competitive club volleyball before high school,” said Breault. “We are all separating and doing our own thing after this year. Its bitter sweet that it has to end but winning a OFSSA silver medal is a good way to go out.”

Head coach Jeff Miller and assistant coach Mary Ewer were unable to comment because they were away on vacation.

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