Miller not worried after Lady Gens end season with two losses

 

By Joel Charron

After watching the General Amherst Lady Gens volleyball team drop their final two games of the season, you think head coach  Jeff Miller would have cause for concern.

Instead, he’s as cool as they come.

Last Tuesday the Lady Gens lost their first match of the season to St. Anne (15-25, 15-25 and 25-16) and followed it up with a 2-1-match loss to Belle River (21-25, 22-25, 25-18) on Thursday evening.

Miller noted the last time the Lady Gens lost back-to-back games was during the 2009 OFSSA tournament when the girls lost their first two opening matches.

Amherst enters the playoffs 8-2 and according to Miller, the Lady Gens are right where they want to be.

“I’m actually more confident now than I was in the beginning of the week. That was probably the best we’ve played all season,” said Miller after    Thursday night’s game against Belle River.

Miller said the Lady Gens played with intensity, showed good effort and played hard however ran into a “better opponent.”

“They (Belle River) are a OFSSA medalist from last year, they have their whole team back and they have great athletes,” said Miller. “For us to keep it competitive we had to play well and we did.”

Miller mentioned the reason why they dropped a match to St. Anne was because a number of players were out with injuries and had to run with inexperienced players at key positions.

“We had a Grade 9 setter playing middle,” said Miller.

 

Christine Belcher made her return to the Lady Gens lineup for the first time in two months.

After missing the majority of the season with a concussion, Christine Belcher made her return to the court in a limited fashion.

“It feels great,” she said. “This is what I’ve been waiting for for two months so it feels really good to be out there.”

Belcher said she was pleased to see how well the Lady Gens played against a strong opponent.

“That was the most consistent game we played all year,” she noted. “We played good defense, we got to the ball, and it just didn’t work out. After this game we definitely got better.”

Miller said he will limit Belcher’s playing time to only the front row, however if the Lady Gens advance to the WECSSAA finals he said Belcher will likely play the entire game.

“I just want her to be better and her health to be good,” said Miller. “If she’s able to get back, obviously she’s going to help us but we want her to be ok.”

The playoffs begin this week with the Lady Gens wrapping up the number one seed, which gives them home court throughout the playoffs.

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