MAPLE RIDGE – They entered the 2017 SD&G “A” junior boys’ volleyball playoffs as the top two seeds and when the title match finished the top-ranked Char-Lan Crusaders were crowned the tri-county champions.
The Crusaders swept the North Dundas District High School Devils 2-0 to take the gold.
North Dundas coach Kathi Poirier said the Devils were disappointed that they had to settle for number-two status, but pointed out to her team that they had posted just one win last year.
“They improved a lot this year; hopefully they can continue to next year,” said the coach.
Last week’s (Tues., Nov. 7) playoff tournament, held at Char-Lan District High School, began on a positive note with the Devils sweeping the St. Lawrence Saints 2-0 in semi-final play. That win qualified North Dundas for a berth in the gold-medal game against the host Crusaders (No. 1 seed).
St. Lawrence (No. 3), the Glengarry Gaels (No. 4), Seaway Spartans (No. 5) and L’ Heritage Dragons (No. 6) played in the quarterfinals with North Dundas and Char-Lan earning byes to the semi-final round.
North Dundas’ Senior Devils, coached by Cheryl Williams, also qualified for post-season play earning a fifth-place finish. They met the La Citadelle Patriotes in their quarter-final match (Tues., Nov. 7) at Tagwi and were eliminated in two sets (25-14, 25-20).
The host Tagwi Warriors manufactured an undefeated record during the regular season, ousted the Patriotes 2-0 (25-22, 25-17) in the semi-finals before striking gold in the title match defeating the Glengarry Gaels in two sets (25-22, 25-14).