Dorchester takes over match following unfortunate injury to win the bronze medal
at WOSSAA A junior boys' volleyball downing the host team in five games
Thursday, November 14, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - One extended break seemed to re-energize the Dorchester Beavers.
Down two games to one, the Beavers took over the match mid through the fourth game on their way to capturing the bronze medal, at Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) single-A junior boys' volleyball, defeating the host London Christian Pioneers in five games, 20-25, 25-10, 20-25, 25-19, 15-9.
"Seeing all of the players with hands up, seeing how they blocked and their coverage. It was amazing to see it all come together in this game. The improvement over the whole year was amazing," Dorchester coach Emma Westman said. "Small things they did, like digs and blocks, inspired them and they worked harder and harder."
An unfortunate ankle injury to a London Christian player caused the break in the action. At the time, the Pioneers led the match two games to one and the fourth game, 12-10.
When the match resumed 20 minutes later, the Beavers took over, outscoring the Pioneers, 15-8, to take game four. Dorchester jumped out a 7-1 lead in game five on their way to claiming the bronze.
"I feel that break, what happened was I got them all together and we talked about what we need to improve on,” Westman said. "Seeing them put their heads together really showed me how much they improved and gained an understanding of the game."
Defence was instrumental in the victory.
"The blocking and the coverage because I feel in volleyball there's a lot of bases you need to play," said Westman. "To win you need to eliminate the chances of the other teams."
In the semifinals earlier in the day, Dorchester lost to the eventual gold medalists, London Westminster, three games to none.
Westminster defeated Goderich in the gold match.
Westman will now prepare to be on the court for the upcoming senior girls' volleyball season. That's correct, Westman is a student at Dorchester, only in Grade 11.