Dorchester goes undefeated dusting the West Elgin Wildcats in three games
for the TVRA South-East 1-A senior girls volleyball crown
March 10, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, Ont. - There was little time wasted as the Dorchester Beavers completed an undefeated season.
Only three games were needed as the Beavers swept aside the West Elgin Wildcats, 25-18, 25-15, 25-14, to capture the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) 1-A South-East senior girls volleyball title, in front of a home crowd, at Lord Dorchester Secondary school.
"The girls are so naturally talented and they are really good friends so on the court that shows," Beavers' coach Nigelle Dalton said. "They were able to execute and they were able to transfer those skills and those friendships on the court and take those games."
The Wildcats did jump on the Beavers for a lead early in game one.
"We weren't expecting them to come out so strong, so we had to collect ourselves," Beavers' captain Grace McLean said. "We were also nervous with all the people watching, because we've never had that many people watching this season. We had to focus and keep our heads in the game."
Nerves affected Dorchester on the service line in the early stages.
"It was our serves. Our serves kind of killed us," Dalton said. "We had the same problem on Tuesday (semifinal). We just weren't consistent with our serves, but once we got our serves in, the girls were skilled enough to take the rallies."
Once consistency returned to their serving, the Beavers made quick work of the Wildcats in games two and three.
This season, Dorchester won every every match, only dropping two games in those matches.
"It was really a nice team to have," said McLean. "We were all really committed and we really wanted to do well. Everyone on the team worked together well. We had people who never played volleyball before but we all grew together. Their skills really improved. We all communicate very well together and we know not to take anything personally if we're yelling at each other."
Due to the COVID pandemic pausing sports in January, both the WOSSAA tournament and OFSAA, the high school provincial championship, was cancelled. OFSAA would have been this week.
"I genuinely feel upset for the girls because they kind of got robbed out of that experience, because given the talent we have on this team, they had not just a legitimate chance of going to OFSAA, but possibly medaling," Dalton said. "I feel bad for them missing out on that, but at least we have the TVRA final and being able to win that championship in our home gym with fans back."
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