Gaels serve up vol­ley­ball crown

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor “I’m still hop­ing to bring home some more hard­ware,” says Sara Hay of her Glen­garry District High School ju­nior girls vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onship.

The Gaels claimed the SD&G crown last week in Corn­wall, beat­ing La Ci­tadelle in two sets, on scores of 25-17 and 25-15.

GD en­tered the SDGAA play­off tour­na­ment as the se­cond seed, two points be­hind the host Pa­tri­otes.

How­ever, the girls were on top when it counted, pre­vail­ing in the Feb. 18 semi­fi­nal and ti­tle match.

Hay went on to add that she is very ex­cited by the win, which capped off a great league sea­son of fun.

“I’m re­ally proud of how the girls came to­gether. I’m also re­ally ex­cited to be go­ing to EOSSAA with my team.”

That’s where she and her team­mates will be look­ing for more hard­ware, as the Gaels play in Deep River to­day, Feb. 24, at the re­gional tour­na­ment.

Robyn Howes, an­other of the GD girls, says, “I feel ex­tremely proud of my team for work­ing to­gether and show­ing com­mit­ment to­wards get­ting to our goal of go­ing to EOSSAA.”

The Gaels are coached by Wendy Lang, who looks back on the SD&G semi­fi­nal as key.

It was the girls’ first time touch­ing a ball in some time, as they had missed prac­tice ses­sions with back-to-back snow days ear­lier in the week.

Lang says a bit of rust showed as the Gaels col­lided with Her­itage, but grad­u­ally the play­ers got in sync en route to the cham­pi­onship.

For Hay, the team’s suc­cess comes down to one thing: “all the talk­ing we do on and off court.”

Se­nior play­offs

In the se­nior ‘A’ play­offs, hosted by Her­itage last week, Se­away de­feated La Ci­tadelle 25-11 and 25-21 to nab the SD&G ti­tle.

The GDHS Gaels, as the sixth seed, lost in the quar­ter-fi­nal round to Char-Lan in two close sets. The Cru­aders were sub­se­quently un­horsed in the semi­fi­nals.

SD& G

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SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

SD& G CHAMPS: The ju­nior girls vol­ley­ball team from Glen­garry DHS is the 2016 league cham­pion. In back row from left are coach Wendy Lang, Chloe Adam, Sara Hay, Emma Rei­jmers, and Daniella Rim­baud. Front row: Lacey Ham­ble­ton, Brooke Lapierre, and Robyn Howes.

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