Once again, the Seaway Spartans have reigned supreme on the volleyball courts, with both the senior and junior teams claiming the SD&G A school championships last week.
The Junior girls claimed their championship in Glengarry, on Tuesday by defeating L’Heritage, two out of three in the championship final.
The Junior Spartans had a good year, said coach Lilace McIntyre. After finishing in third place in the regular season, they demonstrated some great play at the final to earn the championship and the right to advance to EOSSA in Deep River (today, February 19).
McIntyre also credits the local Spikes volleyball program, run by Andy Lee and a team of volunteers, for helping to develop some strong players.
The Senior Spartans won their championship against the L’Heritage Dragons on their home court last Wednesday, February 12.
In finishing their regular season in first place, the Spartans toughest competition came from the Dragons. They lost only one set all season and that was to the Dragons.
Once again on Wednesday, the Dragons were up to the task. In fact, after Seaway won the first set, the Dragons turned it up a notch to win the next two and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-three match.
Seaway scraped out a close 25-20 win in the fourth set to stay alive and then put it home with a 15-6 win in the final.
“They were strong today,” said Spartans coach Lindsay Waddell of L’Heritage after Wednesday’s close finish.
“These girls [the Spartans] have so much heart,” she said of the huge effort from the Spartans as they calmly worked their way back on Wednesday.
“They are very strong mentally, and they really worked hard all season. They really wanted this.”
The SD&G A school championship win qualifies the Spartans for EOSSA which will be hosted by Seaway, tomorrow, Thursday, February 20.