Lady Gens fall short in WECSSAA AA senior girls volleyball final

 

Sydney Emerson (3) tips a ball over the hands of two Essex defenders.

Sydney Emerson (3) tips a ball over the hands of two Essex defenders.

Kayla Daguerre keeps her eyes on the ball during last Wednesday night's WECSSAA final in Essex.

Kayla Daguerre keeps her eyes on the ball during last Wednesday night’s WECSSAA final in Essex.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst senior girls volleyball season had its ups and downs but the team ended as WECSSAA AA finalists.

The championship, however, went to the Essex Red Raiders.

Essex downed General Amherst 26-24, 25-20 and 25-12 in the championship match last Wednesday night at Essex District High School. The Lady Gens had some opportunities in the first set before Essex pulled it out. The Amherst coaches believe that may have been one of the differences in the match.

“We had our chances in the first game,” said Lady Gens’ head coach Jeff Miller. “I think if we won the first game, it might have been a different story. I think if we won the first game, it would have went four or five games and we could have kept our energy up.”

Instead, Miller said they got deflated as the match went on, particularly in the third set. He added that Essex was more aggressive in the match whereas Amherst played too tentatively.

Assistant coach Mary Ewer added the Lady Gens made some mistakes and those mistakes proved costly.

“It wasn’t that Essex did anything special,” said Ewer. “We made our own mistakes.”

Ewer believed the team progressed this season with Miller noting he thought at the beginning of the year that it would be a good season if they got as far as the finals. Miller added the year had its “peaks and valleys” with the system being used in the beginning of the year being reminiscent of one that is used in elementary school volleyball.

“We were just trying to keep it simple,” said Miller.

Ewer added the oldest player the Lady Gens had this year was only in Grade 11, meaning everyone is eligible to return next season. She noted some had little experience in volleyball at the start of the season.

“They’ve come a long way,” she said.

The future bodes well for General Amherst, Ewer believed, and that the players have more experience now particularly in pressure situations.

“We should only be going up,” said Miller.

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