Lady Gens remain undefeated at 8-0

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens Sr. girls volleyball team remains undefeated following a pair of victories last week.

The Lady Gens took out the Sandwich Sabres in three sets last Tuesday, 25-18, 25-8 and 25-17 then followed that performance with another three set sweep of Villanova with all three games ending with a 25-19 score.

“They’re playing with more confidence as of late but there are still things that we need to clean up,” said head coach Jeff Miller.

Although his squad is currently sitting in first place (7-0) in Tier 1, Miller said the team is still getting used to not having Christine Belcher in the lineup.

The reigning Royal Arcanum Award winner has missed the majority of the season with a concussion and Miller said there is no timetable for her return.

“The main thing is for her to get healthy,” said assistant coach Mary Ewer. “She has her whole life to play sports.”

Jaylin VandeBovenkamp has to get down on her knees to save a rally.

Miller said with the absence of Belcher, it has given other players the opportunity to see the court and show what they have to offer.

With players like Katie Breault, Jaylin VandeBovenkamp and Alyssa Garrett taking the team under their wings, Ewer mentioned Robin Kellam has begun to come into her own.

“She has really improved her hitting,” Ewer said after their tilt with Sandwich. “During the game, the girls on the bench were commenting on how well she is playing. The confidence is with her now, she can only get better from here.”

Miller also noted that Alex Leroux has also started to show that she can be a player at the Tier 1 level.

“They are not all Katie Breault’s, who are 6’2” and ripping people in the head but they’re playing well with good ball control, keeping the ball in the court and playing their position,” said Miller. “Those are the things that result in winning.”

Amherst’s Sarah Bondy added, although there is no replacing a player like Belcher, it forces the Lady Gens to win games as a team.

“Christine is one of our key players and it’s been tough not having her on the court but I think everyone realizes we all have to step up our game,” said Bondy. “That’s how we are going to win games.”

The next three games will be crucial for the defending WECSSAA champs as they square off against three of the league top teams in St. Joseph’s, Belle River and St. Anne.

“We play three tough team our last three games,” said Miller. “We are going to see what this team is made of.”

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