Fresh off an Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) championship victory last week in Pembroke where they defeated a tough Casselman team 25-19 and 25-11 in the finals, the Sydenham Golden Eagles senior girls volleyballers are off to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) AA championships March 4-6 in Amherstburg near Windsor.
Coach Bryan English said “the girls played well” to win EOSSAA but knows an OFSAA championship will be a more elusive goal.
“We didn’t really play any of the teams we’ll be facing at OFSAA this year but having been there the last couple of years, we know the kind of teams that will be there,” English said. “We expect to be a fairly high seed, 13-17, but we’ll be in tough for a top-2 finish in our pool.
“Last year, we finished third in our pool and went on to win the consolation final so something like that is realistic this year.”
After trips to OFSAA four years in a row (plus a triple-A berth five years ago), English hopes his squad hasn’t become complacent.
“It’s the first trip for the Grade 11s but I just hope the Grade 12s don’t take it for granted,” he said.