By Martin Laruelle
The Louis-Riel Rebelles captured a silver medal at the Nov. 21-23 OFSAA ‘A’ Boys’ Volleyball Championships, but their seniors’ drive for four consecutive provincial high school titles in four years came up just short in Pain Court, outside Chatham-Kent.
“For sure the guys were disappointed not to finish as high as the previous years,” signalled coach Alexandre McLellan. “The majority of the tournament went well. We performed really well in pool play and we made it all the way to the final. The team we faced there had several really strong players. It was a good game and our guys played well.”
The Rebelles blasted through pool play with four straight-set victories, their opponents scoring more than 15 points just twice. They then won each set by no less than 25-20 in the quarter-finals and semis against Quinte Christian and Brampton Christian to advance to the final, where they ultimately fell 22-25, 22-25, 21-25 to Smithville Christian.
Franco-Cité falls in final to familiar foe
At the OFSAA ‘AA’ Championships in Stratford, many of the Louis-Riel players’ club teammates with the Ottawa Mavericks earned a matching provincial silver medal with their Franco-Cité Faucons.
Franco-Cité powered through pool play without dropping a set, swept their quarter-final over Port Perry and prevailed 3-1 over Ingersoll to setup their practically perennial ‘AA’ gold medal showdown with Eden.
Eden wound up winning their 11th title in the past 14 years (Franco-Cité owning 2 of the 3 blemishes on that record), taking the final 29-27, 25-19, 27-25.