GDHS senior boys ride perfect season to SD&G title

The Glengarry Gaels senior boys volleyball team’s unbeaten SD&G season was capped off last week when they claimed the playoff championship on their home court in a two-set sweep of the Tagwi Warriors

Hosting the November 6 ‘A’ championship tournament, the GDHS boys were expected to win, but the Warriors, who entered as the fifth seed, gave the Gaels a stiff test in the title match, opening the first set to lead by as many as 5 points thanks in large part to the power serve of Giovanni Cecchinato. Glengarry battled, though, and with an Ethan Attridge smash at the net, the set was tied 9-9. That seemed to turn the tied.

The Gaels managed to stretch the lead in the latter stages of the set, going on to win the set 25-19 on a Tagwi mishit.

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Glengarry District’s Hamish MacLeod cranks a ball past the outstretched arms of Tagwi player Ethan Konink, during play at the SD&G senior boys ‘A’ volleyball championship. (Sean Bray photo)

The second set again began with the Warriors taking an early lead, albeit smaller, just 2 points. Glengarry responded, tying or leading by a point or two as the set progressed.

With Gael Hamish MacLeod at the service line, the Gaels rang off back-to-back points to move in front 20-16. However, a timely timeout saw momentum swing in Tagwi’s favour, as the Warriors soon drew even at 21-21.

With the score 24-23 and Crew Rickerd serving up match point, Cecchinato struck a return that landed in to score a point for Tagwi and extend play. Two points later, at 25-24, Liam Filion was at the service line for match point, and this time the Gaels capitalized to win, 26-24, as a Tagwi player committed a line violation.

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Members of the Glengarry Gaels include, standing in the back row from left, Liam Filion, Joshua Santorian, Ethan Attridge, Zak Emmons, Seamus Hardy, Andrew MacMaster, and coach Katherine Adams. In front are Lachlan MacDonald, Hamish MacLeod, and Crew Rickerd. Absent: Ashley McDonell. (Sean Bray photo)

It was a long day of play for the Warriors, as they had to upset two opponents just to have the opportunity to play the Gaels. First, they took down fourth-ranked Holy Trinity (21-25, 25-14, 15-8) in one of the quarter-finals. Then, in a semifinal, Tagwi toppled second-seeded Char-Lan (26-24, 25-19).

GDHS’ other action was a semifinal victory over La Citadelle, in straight sets (25-23, 25-17).

Next stop for the Glengarry Gaels will be EOSSAA, as the boys will represent SD&G as our champions. The tournament is scheduled for November 14 in Renfrew, to be hosted by St. Joseph’s CHS.

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