By Darryl G. Smart
The Holy Trinity Titans came so close to striking gold at the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association girls AA volleyball championships in Norwell on Tuesday.
But after taking the Galt Collegiate Ghosts the distance, the Titans had to settle for silver after a hard-fought 3-2 (11-25, 25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 15-4) loss.
The road to the gold medal game began Monday, when the Titans dropped its opening set before bouncing back to beat Guelph’s Bishop MacDonell Celtics 2-1 (23-25, 25-15, 15-9). Next up was a Grand Erie District School Board battle against the Paris Panthers that the Titans won 2-0 (25-22, 25-15). In their final round robin game of the day, the Titans dropped a close 2-1 (13-25, 26-24, 15-12) decision to Hanover’s John Diefenbacker Senior School Trojans.
With first place in the pool wrapped up, the Titans took on the Norwell District High School Varsity Reds, and punched a ticket to the final against the Ghosts with a 2-0 (25-21, 25-18) win.
The junior Titans got to the semifinals Monday, before the St. David Catholic Secondary School Celtics, from Waterloo eliminated them with a 2-1 (23-25, 25-14, 15-12) win.
To get to the semifinal, the Titans had a strong run, winning four sets and two games, earning second place in the pool.
They opened the day with a tough 2-0 (25-21, 25-15) loss to Guelph’s Bishop MacDonell Celtics. The Titans then went on to beat Brantford’s Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School Thunderbirds 2-0 (25-18, 25-13), and Owen Sound’s St. Mary’s High School Mustangs 2-1 (25-23, 21-25, 15-8).