Lady Gens finsh Day One at OFSAA 4-0

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens are right where they hoped they would be after the first day of OFSAA competition.

The Lady Gens defeated all the teams in the group and finished 4-0 in round robin play, however head coach Jeff Miller said the Lady Gens need to step it up if they want to move deeper into the tournament.

“We’ve had an average day,” said Miller. “We were terrible in two of our matches and played well in the other two.”

 

Alyssa Garrett streches out to save a ball from hitting the floor.

The Lady Gens opened the tournament with a 25-13 and 25-21 straight set victory over St. Stephen’s SS and followed that up with a 25-10, 25-11 win over Timiskaming.

With confidence riding high the Lady Gens looked at their matchup against fifth ranked Eden HS as a must win situation.

After dropping the first set 16-25 the Lady Gens railed to win the next two sets 25-18 and 15-11.

“The Eden game was really a tough one,” said Lady Gens’ Alyssa Garrett. “That game was huge, if we would have lost to Eden our chances of advance to the quarterfinals would been little tough.”

In their last match of the day, a visibly tired lady Gens squad had a little difficulty finding a rhythm against Lester B. Pearson SS but had enough left in the tank to take the

Christine Belcher hammers the ball during a rally for a point against Timiskaming.

match in two straight sets 25-20 and 25-16.

“We were extremely exhausted after Eden,” said Garrett. “We hit some fatigue against Lester P. Pearson out here tonight but thankfully that didn’t stop us.”

Garrett said having been able to play on their own court and in front of the hometown fans definitely gives the squad a big boost.

“I love playing in my home gym,” said Garrett. “It’s definitely an advantage having people here to support us.”

Although the Lady Gens finished first in the pool, Miller said they are fortunate to hold an undefeated record at this point.

“They played well when they had to,” said assistant coach Mary Ewer. “But that’s sort of scary moving forward.”

“I would obviously like us to play a little better and cleaner,” said Miller.

Miller and Ewer both believe that the girls may have been a little nervous playing OFSAA matches in their own backyard.

“Maybe they are getting it out of their system and getting ready for a couple good matches to finish,” said Miller.

“Every game from here on out is going to be a tough game,” said Garrett. “We need to be our absolute best.”

 

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