High School Volleyball
Sabres, Titans set to meet in senior final
Simcoe’s Larry Hopper spikes the ball as Delhi’s Bryan Turner and Kyle Vanbiesen aim to block during the senior boys volleyball NSSAA semifinals held at Simcoe Composite School on Monday. Simcoe won in straight sets and now face Holy Trinity for the league title. (SARAH DOKTOR Simcoe Reformer)
The NSSAA senior boys volleyball finals will come down to the two Simcoe high schools once again.
Simcoe Composite School and Holy Trinity Catholic High School will renew its rivalry on Wednesday following wins for each school in the semifinal matches played at SCS on Monday.
Holy Trinity beat Valley Heights in four sets to get the night going.
Holy Trinity started off strong in the first set, but the Bears bit back immediately, answering almost every point. With the set tied 24-24, Valley Heights pulled ahead to win 27-25.
The following three sets were all close — 25-21, 25-14 and 25-20 — but small mistakes proved to be Valley Heights’ downfall.
“The second, third and fourth sets we just lacked execution,” said VHSS coach Todd Vermeulen.
Despite the loss the team still qualifies for the single-A CWOSSA tournament, which will be held in Kitchener next week.
Holy Trinity coach Tara Williams noted Valley Heights played a strong game at the net, which almost proved fatal for her side.
“Our boys have to get their hits in, that’s their game, but we just didn’t pull it together tonight . . . (The Titans) kept digging to get the win but we didn’t necessarily play our full game tonight,” she said.
The Titans also defeated the Bears during their last match, which gave the Holy Trinity team a boost of confidence, said player Conlan Williams.
“We knew they had the skills to beat us if they played really hard but we also knew we had the skills to beat them if we played just as hard,” he said. “We come together as a team really well and once we get our energy up and we get loud, there’s nothing really that can stop us.”
He also noted the team played well defensively.
“We were just doing the little things right,” added Holy Trinity player, Mark Gubbels.
Simcoe played Delhi in the second semifinal of the night, and took down the Raiders in three sets.
That's not to say Delhi went down without a fight.
During the second set they managed to keep the ball afloat using untraditional plays, diving for and hitting balls that looked like they were long gone. Ultimately it earned them some key points, but not the set.
“We started out strong but we stopped communicating,” said DDSS co-captain Drew Murray.
Communication proved to be essential for the Sabres.
“We were loud. We were talking,” said Aaron Miller, co-captain of the SCS squad.
The communication was backed up by strong serves and spikes.
“I thought we covered the court pretty well. We didn’t make too many mistakes,” said Kevin Allemang, co-captain of the SCS squad. “Our hits were pretty consistent. We executed well.”
SCS will play Holy Trinity on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's final, when the Titans upset a previously undefeated Sabres squad for the title.
“It’s going to be close but if we play like we did tonight we should be alright,” said Miller.
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