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EDSS girls golden at Rockway tournament

The EDSS senior boys’ volleyball squad is off to the WCSSAA quarter-finals. Back row: Owen Kidnie, Keaton Weiss, Justin Lebold, Robbie Mazzocca, Daniel Howell. Middle row: assistant coach Melanie Austin, Quentin Mayer, Zach Wideman, Ben Straus, Callum Johnson, head coach Adam Hiller. Front row: Nicholas Pavanel and Eric Devos. [Scott Barber / The Observer]

EDSS’ senior girls’ volleyball team started off the season on a high note, bringing home gold last weekend from a tournament at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener.

The EDSS senior girls’ volleyball team lost to Waterloo-Oxford on home court Dec. 9, after returning home with gold from a tournament at Rockway over the weekend.[Whitney Neilson / The Observer]
The EDSS senior girls’ volleyball team lost to Waterloo-Oxford on home court Dec. 9, after returning home with gold from a tournament at Rockway over the weekend. [Whitney Neilson / The Observer]
The girls worked to earn the top spot in a seven-team tournament. Coach Melanie Austin said they had anywhere between six and nine players throughout the day because of different work schedules.

“They realized their potential,” Austin said. “I think it was a great confidence booster and everyone had equal playing time.”

They played a total of 15 games at the December 6 tournament, defeating Valley Heights Secondary School in the championship game.

The lady Lancers have three rookies coming up from junior, one brand new player and the rest have played with each other.

Austin said there’s a core group that has played with each other before, which will likely work to their benefit. Last year they ended the season in the middle of the pack.

“We have a lot of the key players back this year, so we’re hoping to do even better than that this year,” Austin said.

She noted the league they’re in is going to be a challenge. Some of the teams are built exclusively of club players who play volleyball nearly year round.

“If we could be anywhere in the top half that would be fantastic,” Austin said. “We have our sights set on somewhere hopefully near the top in the end. It’s definitely possible.”

They were defeated by Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School on Tuesday, winning two out of five sets. The final scores were 26-24, 25-25, 20-25, 15-25, and 15-4.

They previously beat Eastwood Collegiate Institute 3-0 on December 4. The set scores were 25-15, 25-9, and 25-18.

Their first game of the year against Forest heights Collegiate Institute ended in a 3-0 loss for EDSS. The first two sets were close, with final scores being 24-26, 24-26, 12-25.

“They mesh really well as a team,” Austin said. “They’re positive, supportive kids on and off the court. They’re hard-working.”

They’ve won one game and lost two so far, in regular league play. Their next home game is December 16 at 3:15 p.m against Galt Collegiate Institute.

In junior girls’ volleyball action, EDSS defeated Waterloo-Oxford on December 9, 3-1. Set scores were 23-25, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-11.

They also won against ECI on December 4, 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-18). Their game against FHCI ended in a loss 3-1 (21-25, 23-25, 25-12, 27-19). This brings them to two wins and one loss so far. The next home game is also next Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. versus GCI.

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