By Darryl G. Smart
The Holy Trinity Catholic High School Titans crowned themselves queens of the court Wednesday night during the Norfolk Secondary Schools Athletic Association junior and senior girls volleyball finals.
Playing on rival territory at Simcoe Composite School, the junior and senior Titans came in and captured both titles.
In the senior game, the second-seeded Titans peaked at the right time. They swept and stunned the previously undefeated Simcoe Sabres 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-20) to capture the NSSAA senior girls championship.
“As coaches, we truly loved the teamwork and exceptional dedication to the team and the sport of volleyball that the senior players showed,” Titans coach Stephanie Haak said. “They won together and lost together. SCS provided tough competition for the Holy Trinity squad, making the NSSAA finals an exciting way to finish the season (in Norfolk).”
Despite that, there is still plenty of volleyball left for the Titans. On February 26 and 27, they will head to Norwell for the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association AA championships.
And they aren’t just looking to participate.
“HT participated in two tournaments and placed second in both competitions,” Haak said. “We are hoping that victory at CWOSSA is the final step for an outstanding team of volleyball players.”
The junior Titans will also head to Norwell, thanks to their thrilling come-from-behind five-set thriller. After dropping the first two sets to the previously undefeated Sabres, the Titans came roaring back to take the NSSAA girls championship with a 3-2 (20-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-22, 17-15) victory.
“I was really impressed how they never got too down and never gave up,” junior Titans coach rob Haak said. “It was tough having a lead as high as six points in game two and losing.”
He said in that set, they were actually up 24-23, before losing.
“So we were in a position where we had to win three-in-a-row after that loss with SCS having the momentum,” Rob Haak said. “In Game 5 we were down by six points at one point. We were down 14-13 at another point and the girls never gave up and kept fighting to win 17-15 in the last game.”
He said credit goes to the entire lineup.
“Having a strong supportive bench and a loud supportive crowd of parents and students was a factor in pulling the girls on to victory,” he said.
CWOSSA A TOURNAMENT
While the Titans will represent NSSAA at the AA CWOSSA championships, the Valley Heights Secondary School Bears senior team and junior DDSS Raiders will take part in the CWOSSA A championships in Walkerton on February 27.