“If we play like we did last Thursday, we will do well this Thursday,” says Seaway District High School’s senior volleyball coach Lindsay Waddell.
Waddell is referring to last Thursday’s, SD&G volleyball championship, won by her senior Spartans and this coming Thursday’s EOSSAA championship in Perth.
The Spartans had a so-so season, but according to their coach worked hard on their game to get to where they were for the SD&G championship hosted by L’Heritage in Cornwall Thursday, February 18.
“We didn’t go to the SD&G ranked high,” she said. “But I knew if we made it to playoffs, we could make some noise.”
And indeed they did.
The Spartans opened against St. Lawrence and knocked off the Saints in two straight, 25-11, 25-11.
That set them up in the semifinal against the number one seed L’Heritage.
“L’Heritage gave us a tough time,” says Waddell of the first set 23-25 loss.
The Spartans stayed strong and stayed committed to come back with 25-20 and 15-5 wins to take the match and advance to the championship final against La Citadelle.
The Spartans won that one (25-11, 25-20) for the championship.
“We have worked hard all season on our passing and our defense. That is what got us here,” says Waddell of the eight-member team that includes three players in grade 10 who moved up to play senior ball. “They have had just one year of volleyball. They were nervous at first, but they have a lot of talent.”
Experience on the team comes from setter Sophia Currier and Kendra Buter, who played on a Spartan EOSSAA championship team that also experienced play at the OFSSA level two years ago.
Waddell says the Spartans “are really excited. We went to the SD&G with the plan to do our best and see what happens.”
The plan, with a lot of hard work and good play, worked and now the same plan will be in place for EOSSAA.
“These are a great group of girls. They have a great attitude and play with a lot of heart.”