Lady Gens capture 7th straight WECSSAA “AA” volleyball title

 

LADY GENS TAKE HOME SWOSSAA CHAMPIONSHIP DAYS LATER

By Joel Charron

That’s two championships under their belt with one to go.

In a matter of days the General Amherst team captured their seventh consecutive WECSSAA championship defeating the Essex Red Raiders  in three straight sets (25-21, 25-16 and 25-17)  Thursday evening. On Monday the Lady Gens excercised their demons by taking out the team that stole the SWOSSAA championship last year,   Sarnia St. Christopher in three straight sets (25-9, 25-17 and 25-18)

“This feeling never gets old,” head coach Jeff Miller said after Thursday night’s championship game.

“It never hurts to beat Essex. I always enjoy it,” joked Miller. “Ever since I started coaching, it’s probably who I enjoy beating the most.”

Amherst used a combination of serving and hitting to pave the way to the championship.

 

Amherst captains Christine Belcher and Alyssa Garrett shows off the Lady Gens new hardware

Amherst setter Sarah Bondy had her choice of weapons, setting up power hitter Christine Belcher and Katie Breault, while Alyssa Garrett led the way defensively for the Lady Gens.

“Once we picked up momentum our defense started rolling and once that happened our offense kicked in,” said Garrett.

Breault and Belcher set the tone in the first set, combining for 17 kills and five blocks as the Lady Gens edged the Red Raiders 25-21.

Essex played from behind once again in the second set, trailing 16-6 before Essex spent a time out to regroup, however it was to no avail as the Lady Gens cruised to the 25-16 win.

Amherst polished off Essex in the final set thanks in part by the Lady Gens accurate serving, which included a serve that clipped the net and fell on the right side of the court for a 22-12 set in the final set.

Breault said the Lady Gens knew they would have their hands full with Essex.

“They’ve been our rivals for a long time so we knew they would come out to play,” said Breault.

Miller noted that with power hitters like Breault and Belcher it’s tough for a team to shut them down.

“We have two extremely good hitters and we are going to utilize them quite often,” he

Katie Breault reaches high above the net to alter an Essex hitter’s spike. Breault had six blocks in three sets.

said. “If teams are not stopping those two, it’s going to be a long day for them.”

Assistant coach Mary Ewer said the Lady Gens have always prided themselves on their serves and defense.

“Even though we have our big hitters it’s our serve and defense that win us games,” she said.

Breault finished with 17 kills and six blocks, Belcher has 15 kills while Jaylin VandeBovenkamp had seven kills and five blocks and Alex Leroux chipped in three kills.

With another SWOSSAA championship in their trophy case the Lady Gens did what they set out to do since the start of the season, earn their way to OFSSA.

 

2012 WECSSAA and SWOSSAA Champs: General Amherst Lady Gens

”We achieved our goal. We wanted to earn our way there (OFSSA) now we know we will have a decent seeding and have a good shot to win on home court,” said Breault

The quest for the girls’ OFSSA volleyball “AA” title begins March 5.

 

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