The Seaway Intermediate Spartan girls volleyball team kicked off a big season in the first week of December and then wrapped it up on Friday, December 14 when they won the LGESAA Volleyball championship played at Gananoque High School.
This year, for the first time, the Intermediate school teams had the opportunity to compete in two venues, the longtime play that leads to the LGESSA championship and the newly formed Upper Canada Sports Council league that leads to the Upper Canada District School Board championship.
In the board play, athletes will compete in volleyball, basketball and track and field in six separate regions within the UCDSB. The winners of each division then advances to the championship.
On Friday, December 7, Seaway hosted their Regional and the Spartans walked away the winners.
From there they advanced to the UCDSB championship tournament where they placed third.
The first-ever UCDSB girls intermediate volleyball championship was won by Montague Public School.
Then last Wednesday, the Spartans competed in a six-school tournament hosted by St. Mary/St. Cecilia School (SMSC) in Morrisburg where the top three finishers advance to the LGESSA championship played in Gananoque on Friday, December 14.
Competing in the Wednesday qualifier in Morrisburg were teams from SMSC, Seaway, North Dundas in Division A and St. Michael, North Grenville and Russell in Division B.
After finishing first in their divisions Seaway and St. Michael played for the North East Regional Championship and the right to advance to LGESSA.
St. Michael’s took first place with 27-25 and 25-22 wins.
Seaway qualified in second and North Grenville claimed the third qualifying spot with a win against North Dundas.
Friday was Seaway’s day as they went to work to defend their 2011 LGESSA championship title at the 10-team tournament in Gananoque.
After finishing first in their pool, they met and defeated North Grenville in three close sets in the semi-finals.
They claimed the championship over South Grenville in the final.
“Once again we had a great match that went three sets,” said coach Andrew Carson. “The girls rallied for every point, at times diving to save the ball and keep it in play.”
“I am very proud of this team.”