Lady Gens eliminated from volleyball playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The season is over for the General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls volleyball team after they were eliminated by Riverside Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Gens travelled to Windsor for the game against Riverside, a WECSSAA quarterfinal match the Lady Gens lost 25-17, 25-23 and 25-17. Amherst hadn’t seen Riverside all season but knew there was talent on the Rebels’ roster.

“We knew they had two dominant players,” said Lady Gens head coach Jeff Miller. “Their dominant players were fantastic and their supporting cast played well.”

Miller said the Lady Gens played a decent game. Assistant coach Mary Ewer noted Amherst played well in the second set and the coaches believe the match could have been different had they pulled that set out.

“It was a good match to watch,” said Ewer.

Sydney Emerson, photographed in a General Amherst volleyball match earlier this season, was described by her coach as dominant in a playoff game that took place Feb. 8 versus Kingsville.

Sydney Emerson, photographed in a General Amherst volleyball match earlier this season, was described by her coach as dominant in a playoff game that took place Feb. 8 versus Kingsville.

Miller said the Lady Gens played to their ability level but their limited offense came back to bite them.

“When push came to shove, we couldn’t score,” said Miller.

Ewer said the girls played hard in the third set but losing the second set was difficult for them.

“I think we were happy with how they played,” she said.

The Lady Gens were on their home court last Monday and swept three straight sets from the visiting Kingsville Cavaliers in a preliminary round playoff matchup. Amherst won by scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-14.

“For us, we played a pretty solid game,” said Miller. “We beat Kingsville pretty easily. We played a good game Monday and we were better than them and we showed it.”

The team benefitted from the return of Maddy Drouillard, the coaches said, as she came back the previous weekend in a tournament at Chatham-Kent. However, it was another player who stood out against Kingsville.

“Sydney Emerson completely dominated that match,” said Miller.

In the Chatham-Kent tournament, Miller noted they played well and had good opponents. The Lady Gens finished that tournament with a 5-2 record.

Both Miller and Ewer said the Lady Gens were playing the best volleyball towards the end of the season. Miller said they gave away matches earlier in the year and that led to a bad seed – fifth – going into the playoffs.

“They played hard at the end when they had to,” said Ewer.

The team loses eight players to graduation off this year’s team but Ewer said good junior players will move up to senior volleyball next season. Miller said that includes the core of this year’s junior team.

“They’ll have a lot of opportunity to play next season which is what they’ll want,” said Miller.

There is also a good core of Grade 9’s set to enroll at General Amherst next year, so Miller and Ewer believe the volleyball program will return to its previous form. This is only the second time in the last 11 seasons that the Lady Gens will not advance to OFSAA.

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