It’s been the most successful season ever, for the Seaway District High School Senior girls volleyball team, who, after winning the Eastern Ontario (EOSSAA) championship on their home court on Thursday, February 20, collected the Upper Canada Cup Championship and the OFSAA B Consolation Gold Championship.
The Spartans were at Richmond Hill, March 3-5 where they competed in the Ontario Championship. They played in the C Pool and were seeded 12th overall in the tournament.
“We didn’t have a great day on Monday, and we felt that we could have done better,” said coach Lindsay Waddell. “But we regrouped and played some really good ball Tuesday and Wednesday.
The C pool included Charles Garnier, Quinte Christian, King’s Christian and Cité des Jeunes.
Seaway’s shaky start began with losses to Charles Garnier (14-25, 20-25) and Quinte Christian (18-25, 18-25).
They then scraped past King’s Christian (16-25, 25-22 and 18-16) and had an easy time of it against Cité des Jeunes (25-8, 25-12).
They ended up third in the C pool and moved to the B side of OFSSA.
In the B, best-of-five, consolation quarter-final match, they met Marymount and produced 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 wins. Next up was Durham in the semi-final Consolation match with Seaway winning three sets to one (25-22, 25-9, 24-26 (loss), 25-13).
For the Consolation Gold Medal match, they met Xavier and won three straight (25-22, 25-23, 25-19).
“Once we went to the B side, we won every game after that. We were very strong defensively, the entire tournament, which is what I credit most of our success to.”
“The girls passed the ball really well and dug up everything that other teams threw at us.”
Casey McNairn, Allison Lee and Tiffany Roskell gave strong defensive efforts all tournament long, while Shannon van Moorsel and Kaitlyn Geurkink were very good at the net and blocked many of the other teams’ big hitters.”
Sophia Currier had a great tournament and set the ball extremely well.”
“We were very happy to win the Consolation Gold title. To be a small school from such a small town, we are extremely pleased to be one of the top 10 ‘A’ volleyball teams in the province.”
“I think going to OFSAA the last two years also really helped, as it allowed the girls to get over the shock of being there. This year they were more comfortable with their surroundings and with their opponents. They had the confidence that they not only belonged there, but that they could win. We didn’t win a single set at OFSAA last year, so to win five games and come home with some hardware is a huge accomplishment.”
“The girls should be very proud of themselves. It’s been an amazing season.”
Following their EOSSAA win, the Spartans competed for and won the Upper Canada Cup in Gananoque. They opened with a win over Athens in two straight sets, and defeated Smiths Falls in three. That put them first in their pool and got them a bye into the semi-final where they met and defeated South Grenville in two straight sets.
For the championship, the Spartans met Russell High School and claimed the Upper Canada Cup in two straight sets.
Members of the Spartans team are co-captains Sophia Currier and Casey McNairn, Shannon van Moorsel, Jessica Hartle, Katrina Geurkink, Allison Lee, Kaitlyn Geurkink Tiffany Roskell, Ali Van Hoof, and coach Lindsay Waddell.
Five of the Spartans graduate this spring.