OFSAA “AA” Volleyball Tourney just around the corner



By Joel Charron

The road for an OFSSA “AA” championship goes through Amherstburg.

For the first time ever, General Amherst High School will host the OFSAA “AA” Girl’s Volleyball Tournament on March 5-7.

The tournament will feature 20 of the province’s top “AA” girls volleyball team with games being played in Amherstburg, Essex and St. Clair College.

General Amherst’s Jeff Miller, tournament co-organizer along with Greg Scott said the community would be surprised at the quality of volleyball that will be on display.

“The opening round will have some blow outs but once the elite teams begin to separate themselves, there are going to be some intense, entertaining volleyball that will take place,” said Miller.

Miller said he hopes to use the OFSSA tournament as a platform to help grow the sport in town.

Hopefully younger kids come out and see what’s going on and say ‘Oh I want to be part of that’,” stated Miller. ”Essentially it’s about getting kids to come out and play volleyball.”

An adult pass for the entire three-day tournament is $5 and a student three-day pass is $2. A one-day pass is $2 for adults and $1 for students.

With over 300 players and coaches and roughly 200 fans that will come through Amherstburg, Miller added that it could be have an impact on the local economy.

Miller also hopes the teams take advantage of Amherstburg historic past.

“I’m sure some of the teams will visit Fort Malden and maybe take a stroll through the Navy Yard Park,” said Miller.

Miller also thanked the sponsors.

“Our sponsors have been very generous,” he said. “It’s their money that basically make the experience a memorable one for the kids.”

General Amherst assistant coach Mary Ewer said for the Lady Gens to be able to compete in front of their hometown fans while playing in a tournament of this magnitude is “huge.”

“We have such a talented team and we’ll be in front of our home town. You have no idea what that will mean to our girls,” said Ewer.

Ewer added that she hopes the community comes out to support the Lady Gens.

“They deserve all the support they can get,” she said.

The players are also excited to compete at home.

“It would be great to win OFSAA at Amherst,” said Alyssa Garrett.

The Lady Gens captain said they have the advantage of sleeping in their own beds and playing in their own gym.

Christine Belcher said it’s not only an experience for the players but the community has well.

“OFSAA being here is great. Our whole town gets to experience it,” she said. “We are going to show everyone what our team can do.”


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