The Seaway District High School intermediate girls put the finishing touches on a big season on Monday, December 12 when they, quite handily, collected the Leeds Grenville Secondary School Athletic Association’s (LGESSA) championship.
“It was an honour to coach these girls, and I look forward to next year’s volleyball season to defend our championship,” said coach Andrew Carson. “We have been to the finals for the last three years, and it is fantastic to finally take home the top honours.”
The Intermediate Spartans had a big season as they put together a record of 42 sets won to just 12 lost.
They competed in five tournaments, and went to the finals in all five.
At three of them they took home the tournament championship. The wins were at tournmanets at St. Mike’s, St. Mary’s and the LGESSA Championship held at Thousand Island Secondary School in Brockville on December 12.
At the LGESSA championship, the Spartans eliminated St. Mary’s in the semi-final, by winning back-to-back sets 25-21 and 25-22.
That put them against Front of Yonge for the championship and again they were on top of their games. This time they produced a pair of 25-18 wins which allowed them to take home the LGESSA title.
Carson said the strength in this year’s team was partily due to their serves. “The girls have hard serves that are difficult to pass up and they have great placement.”
“The girls also put a great deal of focus on hitting and use their skills to force the other teams to dig hard to get the ball.”
Carson also pointed to the Spartans’ great leader and team captain, Sophia Currier.
“Sophia is a phenomenal volleyball player. She would chase down any ball to keep the play alive and usually got us the point. Most teams feared her jump spike.”
While Carson credits great team work, he also was happy with many individual performers.
Among these was Courtney Casselman, whom he described as a “great player. Courtney was always positive and cheered the team on for every point. She too, dug for the ball to keep the rally going.”