Saugeen royals - provincial volleyball consolation champs
The Saugeen District Royals Senior Boys volleyball team earned the AA consolationbracket championship, downing Leamington in three sets at the OFSAA (Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association) tournament in Brockville Nov. 24-25.
In round-robin play at the provincial secondary school championships, Saugeen beat Leamington in straight sets, but in the consolation championship game they fell behind early against two really strong hitters, according to Royals’ coach Tim Smith who said two Leamington stars got shots through even when Saugeen tried to throw up a wall of blockers.
“They managed the find a way through our guys, but, we stuck to our game plan and it paid off,” Smith said in a post-game interview.“
In the consolation final, the Royals won the last three sets 25-18, 25-19 and 25-16 after a first set loss of 21-25.
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The Royals were one set away from the championship bracket, finishing Pool B round-robin play with two wins and two losses.
Their best chance came against eventual second-place finisher, Ottawa’s Franco West, in the very first game of the tournament. The Royals lost in the third and final set, 15-8.
“If we would have been able to capture that win, we would have won two straight and been sitting pretty,” said Smith. “But then we went to the third game and fell right behind from the get go. We stumbled out of the blocks, and by the time we recovered and got our own attack in action it was a little too late.”
Saugeen picked up victories against Leamington and Adam Scott in the round-robin before falling to undefeated Eden in straight sets.
Smith said the Royals completed their “roller coaster” 4-5 season on an up-swing. After not qualifying for the Bluewater Athletic Association playoffs, Saugeen went undefeated at CWOSAA to qualify for OFSAA. There, they rebounded from a somewhat disappointing 2-2 round-robin record, and relegation, advancing Like us on
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Smith and the team stayed to watch some of the championship finals and take in the experience after their win.
“It was good to watch the level of volleyball, to see it and get used to the pressure, the player introductions and everything that goes on at OFSAA,” he said, expecting five starters on the consolation championship team to return, hopefully leading to a fourth appearance for the Royals at the provincials. championship. , Smith hopes fourth consecutive return to OFSAA in 2018 isn’t out of the question.
“I don’t know if it’s called a dynasty now, but we feel good about it,” Smith said.
Stratford Central won the Senior Boys “AA” OFSAA crown with a win over Eden. 492 Johnston Ave., Port Elgin