Cru­saders cap­ture crown

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - – Sean Bray

It’s been quite the sea­son on the vol­ley­ball court for the ju­nior boys team from Char-Lan DHS.

Fol­low­ing a first-place fin­ish in the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Cru­saders cruised to the ‘A’ play­off ti­tle, in the tour­na­ment they hosted on Nov. 7.

The fi­nal match pit­ted CharLan against North Dun­das, the sec­ond seed.

From the out­set, the host squad took charge, open­ing a 10-4 lead in the first set, much to the de­light of the stu­dents jammed into the stands to cheer on the play­ers.

The Devils fought back, get­ting within 3 points, be­fore Char-Lan turned on the heat again, tak­ing the set 25-12.

The sec­ond game was close early on, un­til a strong ser­vice game from Jake Van­der­burg al­lowed the Cru­saders to build a 7-point ad­van­tage.

Char-Lan went on to win the set 25-18, cap­tur­ing the play­off cham­pi­onship.

Coach Clem DiSte­fano, on his team’s suc­cess, says “The boys were very con­sis­tent all year, drop­ping only 2 sets of 24. I think what helped us win was our con­sis­tency at the ser­vice line and the abil­ity to tran­si­tion from de­fence to of­fence by get­ting the ball to our set­ters (Nick Oeg­gerli and Nathaniel Faubert) so that our power hit­ters (Van­der­burg, Ai­den Leroux, and Jack Cayer) could at­tack.

The Cru­saders this week will com­pete at EOSSAA, sched­uled for today, Nov. 15, in El­gin.

SD&G quar­ter-fi­nal re­sults: St. Lawrence 2 vs. L’Her­itage 1 (2426, 25-15, 15-11), Se­away 2 vs. Glen­garry 1 (27-26, 21-25, 15-7).

Semi­fi­nals: Char- Lan 2 vs. Se­away 0 (25-14, 25-15), North Dun­das 2 vs. St. Lawrence 0 (26-16, 25-21).

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

CLIMB­ING THE LAD­DER: Char-Lan ju­niors Nathaniel Faubert, left, and Jack Cayer go up to block a North Dun­das player’s smash. For more images from the SD&G fi­nal match, please visit our on­line gallery at glen­gar­rynews.ca/photos.

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