By Larry Moko
After an absence of more than two decades, Hamilton’s St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School is about to return to the OFSAA stage in girls’ volleyball.
“We were there a couple of times in the 90s,” veteran Brebeuf coach Carolyn Mossey said at the conclusion of Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference playoffs Tuesday.
The Braves qualified at the AAA level for the provincial high school championships with 3-1 GHAC semifinal victory over Oakville’s Iroquois Ridge on Monday. In the final, on Tuesday, Brebeuf then dropped a 3-1 decision to the visiting Frank Hayden Huskies of Burlington.
Brebeuf and Hayden both advance, however, thanks to Hayden’s medal at OFSAA last year which allows GHAC an extra berth.
“We are going on,” Mossey said. “I’m extremely proud of these ladies.”
The OFSAA tournament is scheduled for March 5-7 in London.
The second-place Braves recently reached the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association final before bowing 3-0 to the first-place St. Mary Crusaders. Then came the must-win situation against the Halton visitors from Iroquois Ridge.
“The girls’ play was fabulous on Monday,” Mossey said. “They were high energy. It was just amazing to watch. They played as a real team … covering, hitting, blocking. And they were passing with consistency.”
Brebeuf topped Iroquois Ridge 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17.
“It’s awesome,” Brebeuf’s Logan Garvey said of successfully getting past the regional qualifier. “I’ve been to OFSAA before doing javelin. So I have a little experience. Volleyball is my true favourite sport, though.”
A Grade 10 student and member of the Mountain Volleyball Club, Garvey turned in a strong performance against Hayden. She was especially effective on the serve.
Other members of the Braves are Kinsley Bozzo, Grace Mazur, Babelonea Hawel, Madison Pinder, Chyann Martin, Emma Valentine, Isis Igwe, Victoria Orfei, Carlene Cecchelli, Rebecca Darby and Mirella Giraldi.
“I have three club players on my team and one former club player,” Mossey said. “My job as a coach is to build team chemistry and get the girls to play together.”
St. Mary’s OFSAA participation will be in the AA category (March 5-7 in Mississauga). The Crusaders punched their ticket to provincials with a 3-0 GHAC semifinal win Monday over the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The AA level at GHAC also has two berths available because of the gold medal won at OFSAA last year by the Corpus Christi Longhorns.
“It’s a nice accomplishment for both (St. Mary and Brebeuf) that we can represent our board in our respective OFSAA championships,” Mossey said.
Source: Marnie Jadon