Back row L-R: Emond, Vanessa Huel and Assistant Coach Sarah Walther Middle row L-R: Grace Besserer, Sophie Salter, Ainhoa Boyle and Charlotte Black Front row L-R: Sydney Murray and Megan O’Connell.

by Angus MacDonald

The Senior girls volleyball team is heading to OFSAA after winning the EOSSAA championship last week in Deep River. After being granted the number one seed in the tournament, the Mustangs began pool play against the 6th seeded team, Granite Ridge High School from Kingston. It did not take long for the offense to take over, as Tatiana Weissflog and Megan O’Connell led the way with 7 kills each to finish with an impressive 25-8 and 25-18 win. The Mustangs then faced off against the 3rd seeded Mackenzie Community school. Vanessa Huels’ strong play at the net, and excellent serving from Makayla Emond, helped the Mustangs trample the host school 25-5 and 25-13 to set up a semi-final match against L’Citadelle from Cornwall. Excellent defensive passing from Sydney Murray helped the Mustangs send La Citadelle home with a dominating 25-10 and 25-10 win to advance to the finals.

With OFSAA on the line, the girls started the championship match against Ecole Secondaire Catholique Embrun with a few missed serves and several mistakes, and found the score tied at 7-7. Strong leadership from Grace Besserer helped settle the nerves, as the girls overcame a slow start to take the first set 25-13. In the second set, Charlotte Black continued her dominating ways and led the team with 10 kills to seal the victory with a 25-14 score.

This marks the second time in school history a senior girls volleyball team has won the Eastern Ontario volleyball championships. Truly a team effort, coach Angus MacDonald was very proud of how the team came together to win this championship. The girls set sail for Windsor on March 4th to compete at OFSAA.

Special congratulations go out to the graduating members of the team: Megan O’Connell, Charlotte Black, Tatiana Weissflog, Vanessa Huels, Sydney Murray and Grace Besserer.


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