For the second consecutive year, the Seaway Spartans junior and senior girls volleyball teams have topped the SD&G ‘A’ school volleyball circuit.
The very powerful Seaway Senior girls kicked it off Friday afternoon when they defeated Char-Lan in three straight sets, 25-0, 25-12 and 25-9 for the SD&G championship.
Then as the senior Spartans, did their celebrating, the junior Spartans went to work for their SD&G championship against Glengarry District High School.
The junior Spartans had a little more difficulty against the Gaels in claiming their win.
They got it rolling by winning the first set 25-17, but then the Gaels charged back in the second for a 25-20 win.
Seaway eked out a close 25-21 victory in the third set, and put it away in the fourth with a 25-18 win.
Both of the Seaway teams went into their respective finals as the defending 2011 SD&G champs.
This year’s seniors were coached by Lilace MacIntyre, who moved from her position as junior coach last year with four of her graduating junior players.
This year’s Senior Spartans were undefeated in 27 sets (nine games) played during the regular season. They competed in three tournaments, won one and finished third in the other two.
As they head towards EOSSAA, which will be hosted this Thursday by Seaway, the very experienced Spartans are expecting some very tough opposition from last year’s OFSSAA champs from Embrun.
Last year’s senior Spartans competed at EOSSAA but fell short of bringing home silverware. Their experience, along with the experience of the four rookies who last year were EOSSAA A school junior champions should make them very competitive.
“I am expecting some really tough competition for the girls this Thursday,” said McIntyre who was extremely pleased with the team’s regular season results.
As for the junior Spartans, who too finished in first place in this year’s regular season, their coach Lyndsay Waddell said, “I am really proud of them today. They’ve worked really hard.”
Although they won first place in the regular season, it was by a slim, one set ahead of Glengarry.
That made Friday’s game the ‘big showdown’ of the year and it was close all the way through.
The Junior Spartans have seven first year players, five from grade nine and two grade 10s.”
As for what she expects at the Junior EOSSAA championships this Thursday in Brockville, Waddell says “we should be competitive. They work really hard and they are a great bunch of girls. We are a pretty resilient team when we need to be.”