MAPLE RIDGE -– The ability to close out games after great starts is something Patti Hall, coach of the North Dundas District High School (NDDHS) senior girls’ volleyball team, hopes to work on in 2018.

“We started strong today, but we just can’t seem to finish off games,” Hall said.

In the senior Devils’ first game at NDDHS Wed., Dec. 20, the team couldn’t have started better.

North Dundas convincingly defeated L’Heritage in the opening games’ first set, 25-9. However, the opposing Dragons were able to rally and cruise through the second set, 25-13.

A pair of senior Devils prepare to receive a serve during their volleyball game against La Citadelle. Press Photo – Kennedy

Heading into the tiebreaker, both teams exchanged points in a close third set. Though, it would ultimately be L’Heritage winning by a score of 15-12.

North Dundas’ final game before heading into the new year was another close one against La Citadelle.

Both teams split wins in the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 23-25. The Patriotes would take the tiebreaking set, 15-8.

“Overall, we do have a good team,” Hall said. “Height is a big advantage for us, but we do need to work on our serve reception and covering more of the floor.”

Juniors drop pair of games

Facing a team featuring several players who play provincial-level volleyball, the North Dundas junior girls’ team lost 25-5 and 25-12 to L’Heritage.

The girls’ second game was against the La Citadelle junior squad where they would fall in two sets, 25-8 and 25-14.

Junior coach Kelly Durant noted some things she’d like her team to work on for their next games.

“Moving around on the court and letting our setter take that number two ball so we can set it up,” Durant said. “When you move on the court and let the setter take that second ball, we’ll definitely see a difference.”

Up next

Both teams will travel to Char-Lan District High School on Thurs., Jan. 11 for their next games.