Both Dorchester's junior and senior teams had 2-1 leads but fell in five games
in their WOSSAA 1A volleyball gold medal matches
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
LONDON, ON. - It was a pair of agonizing five game defeats for the gold medal.
The Lord Dorchester Beavers were edged in both the senior and junior Western Ontario Secondary School Association (WOSSAA) 1-A girls' volleyball championship matches, at Westminster Secondary School.
In the senior tilt, the London Monsignor Bruyere Panthers squeezed by the Beavers, in the fifth and deciding set, to capture gold and advance to OFSAA, taking the match 27-25, 18-25, 15-25, 25-21, 16-14.
"I was really, really pleased on how hard our girls fought. A couple misses. Everybody always thinks what they could have done," Dorchester coach Bruce Dalke said. "A really good battle and we matched up well against them. Just a couple mistakes here and there."
In the fifth game, the Beavers jumped out to a 5-0 lead, led 8-4 and had a 13-10 advantage, before the Panthers had a run to tie.
"Some may think we choked but I think in the fifth set their big hitters got on a roll," Dalke said. "We know that (a lead) doesn't mean anything. We get that lead, and then a couple points and a couple points (for the Panthers), but I don't think it was a matter of the kids getting rattled. We kept our composure really well and we kept our fight."
Dorchester led the match two games to one, before the Panthers tied the affair. The Beavers trailed game four 12-6 early, but battled back for a 20-19 lead. In the opening game, Dorchester fell behind quickly before pushing the game to extra points.
"We had them on each other and we needed to take advantage of that and win the fourth set," Dalke said. "If we had got a quicker start in that first set and not given up those first five points, maybe we take it."
The experience gained should strengthen the Beavers for next season, when all but one player is eligible to return.
Next year, London hosts all three levels of OFSAA volleyball.
In the junior encounter, St. Marys DCVI trailed Dorchester, two games to one, before knotting the affair and riding the momentum over the Beavers, 15-3, in the deciding game, for WOSSAA gold.
"They'll be a lot more happier with their silver," Dalke said of the junior team. "They weren't sure they would get out of the South-East and they won."
St. Marys took the match 13-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20, 15-3.
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