Holy Names Knights

Lady Gens lose first match of 2018-19 WECSSAA volleyball season

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens emerged from the Christmas break with a match against Holy Names but it didn’t go the way they wanted.

The Lady Gens dropped to 6-1 on the WECSSAA Tier 1 senior girls volleyball season after the Knights left Amherstburg with a 25-19, 29-27 and 25-23 victory last Thursday night. It was their first match back for the Lady Gens as they had a bye last Tuesday.

General Amherst head coach Jeff Miller indicated that they haven’t been playing as well as they could have been lately and that it caught up with them.

General Amherst’s Vanessa Pidutti leaps for a ball during last Thursday’s match versus Holy Names.

“We finally got what we deserved,” said Miller. “We got away with it at the start of the year and we finally played a team that played well enough in crucial situations that made us pay for our mistakes.”

The biggest issue for the Lady Gens has been their communication, Miller stated.

“That’s one of the hardest things to teach to kids,” he said. “Kids today love cell phones so it’s difficult to get them to speak at sports fields or sports arenas.”

Noting that there is always something happening in volleyball, Miller noted that communication is “humungous.”

General Amherst’s Emma MacVoy lunges for a ball during last week’s loss to the Holy Names Knights.

“I’ve been harping on this for weeks now but I don’t think it sunk in because we were winning games,” said Miller.

Miller added that if communication and discipline doesn’t improve, the Lady Gens could have a tough time beating some of the talented opponents that are upcoming on their schedule. Two of those tough matches come this week. The Lady Gens were at Villanova Tuesday, after the print issue of the RTT went to press. They return home to host the Sandwich Sabres Thursday at 4 p.m. before concluding the season Jan. 21 with a 4 p.m. home game versus St. Joseph.

Bulldogs drop to 1-5 after high scoring loss against Holy Names

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs found their offense just prior to the holiday break but their opponents had more.

The Bulldogs dropped a 7-5 decision to the Holy Names Knights Dec. 20 at South Windsor Arena. The two teams started out of the gate quickly, scoring seven of the 12 goals in the opening period of the game as the Bulldogs led 4-3 heading to the second period.

“It looked like it was going to be a shootout,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett. “The scoring stopped in the third period.”

After tough one-goal losses at their tournament in Windsor earlier in the week, Garrett was happy to see the offense find the net albeit in a losing effort. He believes the young team is on the right track and could make some noise in the 2019 portion of their WECSSAA schedule.

The General Amherst Bulldogs celebrate one of their five goals scored against Holy Names. The Bulldogs lost 7-5.

“I feel the guys are right on the cusp of coming together,” said Garrett.

The Bulldogs scored nine goals in their first five games and managed five against Holy Names, so the General Amherst coach sees that as a good sign.

Garrett said he “front loaded” the schedule with games against the larger schools and hopes the Bulldogs will get on a roll in the second half of the schedule against teams closer to their size and ability.
“Momentum means a lot,” he said.

Garrett added he is excited for the second half of the season and hopes they can get on a run heading to the playoffs.

General Amherst is now off for the Christmas break and resumes play with a pair of home games early in 2019. They host the Kingsville Cavaliers Jan. 8 and the Essex Red Raiders Jan. 10, both at 2:30 p.m. at the Libro Centre.