Golden Hawks wear crown
CKSS uses comeback in first set of final to dethrone Ursuline
The Chatham-Kent Golden Hawks rode the momentum from a huge first-set comeback to a championship win Friday.
The Golden Hawks beat the Ursuline Lancers 25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 25-23 in the LKSSAA ‘AAA’ senior boys’ volleyball final.
They were down 10 points late in the opening set before storming back in front of a packed house at Chatham-Kent Secondary School.
“We were just fired up after that,” Hawks setter Tyler Cundle said. “Blocks were going everywhere. We were getting good defence and we were able to run effective offence.”
The Lancers led 19-9, but the Hawks rallied for a 20-20 tie. The teams were tied two more times before the Hawks pulled out the win.
“It gave us a lot of momentum,” Golden Hawks hitter Colin Prelaz. “We gained confidence, which helped out a lot. Then we just moved forward during the match.”
The comeback buoyed the topseeded Hawks, but it didn’t seem to hurt the Lancers.
Lancers head coach Jeff Denomy saidtheUrsulineplayersresponded well after the first-set loss.
“I thought we recovered from that,” he said. “They did to us what we did to them. Usually it’s the other way around. Usually CK comes out of the gate and we fight back. …
“We didn’t make many mistakes. We just weren’t aggressive enough. We got a lead being aggressive and then CK got aggressive. We were tipping some balls and you can’t tip against CK. They play great defence and they brought it to us.”
When Lancers fell behind, the Hawks had them right where they wanted them.
“We try to get them when they’re down and just keep firing away,” Cundle said.
He added: “Serve receive and our defence really made the difference. We were getting good blocks, we were getting good passes, we were able to run that offence that we needed to and were able to keep them on their toes, not knowing what’s coming next.”
Prelaz said the Hawks were comfortable playing against the longtime rivals.
“We play a lot of high-quality teams during the season, so we’re used to big hitters like that,” Prelaz said. “We’re used to it.” The lead seesawed in the third set before the Lancers staved off elimination.
“We got, I don’t want to say too confident, but we let up a little bit,” Prelaz said. “We could have pushed forward.”
The Hawks will host LaSalle Sandwich in the SWOSSAA ‘AAA’ final Thursday. The winner goes to the OFSAA championship.
CKSS Golden Hawks’ Tyler Cundle (13) and Jacob Stoffyn (5) make a block against the Ursuline Lancers in the LKSSAA ‘AAA’ senior boys’ volleyball final Friday at Chatham-Kent Secondary School.