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.
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.
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.