Lady Gens win two volleyball titles in four days

By Joel Charron

 

Christine Belcher will always remember her last two home games of her high school career.

Belcher helped the General Amherst Lady Gens capture the WECSSAA and SWOSSAA girls volleyball championships in a span of four days.

On Thursday the Lady Gens defeated the Essex Red Raider 25-15, 25-19 and 25-16 for their eight straight WECSSAA volleyball title and on Monday blew past Sarnia St. Christopher, 25-11, 25-19 and 25-11 to capture the second straight SWOSSA championship.

“This is my fifth year, my last time playing in this gym,” said Belcher. “I’ve won every time we’ve played here so why not win the last one.”

In the five years Belcher donned the Lady Gens uniform she has been on five WECSSAA championship volleyball teams and four SWOSSAA championship teams.

“I guess we have been pretty successful,” said Belcher. “People joke about Amherst never losing, but we actually don’t. We have a tradition of winning and we like to keep that tradition going.”

Against Essex the Lady Gens once again worked their game plan to perfection: solid serving, play defense and use their outside hitters.

Belcher finished with 14 kills and one block and her counterpart Katie Breault fired off 10 kills and a block.

 

In a span of four days the General Amherst Lady Gens volleyball team  captured the WECSSAA and SWOSSAA championship titles.

In a span of four days the General Amherst Lady Gens volleyball team
captured the WECSSAA and SWOSSAA championship titles.

Monday’s matchup against Sarnia St. Christopher was almost a carbon copy however head coach Jeff Miller was a little disappointed with the lackadaisical effort the Lady Gens put forth.

“It wasn’t good for my overall blood pressure,” said Miller. “We had stretches of poor play on our part. It’s frustrating because we are not going to be able to get away with that down the road.”

Breault admits the lady Gens lost their focus at times and stated that the team could have played much better.

“I wish we would have played better for our last home game, but a win is a win and it still feels great,” she said.

With the SWOSSAA win the Lady Gens punched their ticket to OFSAA, which is being held in Ottawa this year.

Miller predicts the Lady Gens to draw the third overall seed and believes his squad has a good chance at a medal.

“If we put it together and we play like I think we can, then we will give anybody a good game,” he said. ‘We are going to be a tough out for anyone in the tournament.”

“When we are on, we’re on,” said assistant coach Mary Ewer.

With most of the team having been to OFSAA before, Breault said they know there will be a lot of good teams at the provincial tournament, however she was quick to point out that the Lady Gens will be one of those teams.

“If we do the basics right and everyone does their job, I don’t want to say we should medal but we should have a good outcome,” said Breault.

The OFSSA tournament kicks off March 4-6.

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