Lady Gens head into volleyball playoffs as #1 seed

By Joel Charron

Tier 1 champs, has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

The General Amherst senior girls volleyball team wrapped up the number one seed heading into the WECSSAA playoffs as well as grabbing top honours in Tier 1.

Amherst's Christine Belcher attempts to spike the ball between two Holy Name blockers.

The Lady Gens reached this milestone after knocking off two tough opponents just days apart. Amherst swept Massey 25-19, 25-12 and 25-12 Tuesday afternoon, and then followed up their dominating performance by handing a talented Holy Names team their first loss of the season by the scores of 25-16, 25-23 and 25-19 Thursday afternoon.

Although the Lady Gens walked away with two wins in one week, both games offered mixed reactions from head coach Jeff Miller.

“I liked the way we played Tuesday, I didn’t particularly care for how we played today,” said Miller. “Today was slower, and sloppier.”

Miller said the girls were able to “roll” a very good Massey squad on Tuesday because the girls played at a high level toboggans gonflables.

“We just played so well they (Massey) couldn’t do anything about it,” he said. “Today (Thursday) we had our moments where we would play three or four good points but we had a lot of lapses, where we let them back into the game.”

Miller said the team has been improving over the course of the season, however he noted if Holy Names would have played better the outcome may have been different.

Mallory Reiner, who has sat out the majority of the volleyball season because of a broken hand suffered during the senior girls basketball OFSSA run, returned to action this week.

With a big smile across her face, Reiner said her hand feels fine and is excited to be back with her team.

“I really like playing with the team, it’s a lot of fun,” she said.
Being back only a short while, Reiner admits she still has to find her rhythm.

“I need a lot of work still,” Reiner said. “Hopefully if we make it WECSSAA (finals), I’ll be ready to go.”

With Reiner back in the lineup, it gives the Lady Gens one more weapon on a potent team.

“Mallory adds to our overall athleticism,” said Miller.

With playoffs starting on this week, the Lady Gens will return to playing teams at the AA level. Miller is looking towards a possible rematch against Essex, whom they beat in the regular season. However, Miller said if the team isn’t at the top of their game, they could see an early exit.

“If we don’t play well, we are going to have a problem,” said Miller.

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