Lady Gens open volleyball season with two wins

By Joel Charron

It’s been a good start to the season for the General Amherst lady Gens volleyball team.

The Lady Gens grabbed two wins last weeks, winning five of six sets.

The Lady Gens opened the season at home last Tuesday afternoon against the Essex Red Raiders. Amherst disposed of their rival in a three game sweep, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-14.

Amherst head coach Jeff Miller said he was pleased with the play of his squad, noting his squad has barely had any practice time.

Miller said the Lady Gens traditionally start their season with a tournament, however with many of the girls playing basketball late into the season he opted against it.

“We didn’t tinker with our lineup. We’ve been working this week just to get ready for this game,” said Miller.


Alex Leroux (left) and Jaylin VandeBovenkamp team up to block an Essex hitter.

He mentioned, as they get deeper into the season, he plans to use different lineups and use more players.

“We just wanted to get through this game,” he said.

Miller added that he believes Essex is a better team than what they showed in the opener, stating that Essex could be a quarterfinal team at OFSAA.

“If we play them again in WECSSAA, they’ll give us a better game,” he said.

Knowing that the Lady Gens had a distinct size advantage, Miller exploited the smaller Essex team by attacking on the outside.

“Christine Belcher and Katie Breault are probably two of the better outside hitters in the league,” stated Miller.

Belcher had 16 kills while Breault added 14 of her own against Essex.

Breault noted that playing Essex is always a fun because of the rivalry between the two schools.

“Our defense was good and we picked up a lot of balls,” said Breault. “We knew it would be close. Defense is their strong point.”

Breault noted that the Lady Gens had some runs the Essex could not stop.

Amherst will host OFSSA this year, giving the Lady Gens an automatic bid in the provincial tournament but Breault said the Lady Gens want to earn their way to OFSSA.

“We want to show everyone we belong there,” she said.

Last Thursday, the Lady Gens travelled to Brennan, where they lost the first set 25-19 but rallied to win the next two 25-15 and 27-25.

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