February 27th, 2015
Cambrian Golden Shield women’s volleyball coach Dale Beausoleil has noted, in the past, that the key is to simply get to the OCAA championships. Once there, anything can happen.
Those words were ringing especially true late Thursday afternoon, as the Cambrian women pulled off the upset, bouncing the Niagara Knights in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16 in their opening game of the 2015 OCAA Championships in Ancaster.
Where the Golden Shield had secured the sixth and final playoff spot in the OCAA West Division with a record of 8-10 this year, the Knights had earned a first round playoff bye, finishing in second place at 15-3.
The fact that Niagara had swept the home and home series with Cambrian, taking out the Shield in three sets in November and slipping through with a five-set win in Sudbury in late January, made it clear that Beausoleil and company would enter the game as underdogs.
“We were extremely focused today and very, very disciplined; following our game plan to a “T”,” said Beausoleil, who was still at the Redeemer gymnasium Thursday evening. “I think we’ve come a long way.”
“The way we were playing, it was a pretty special day for us.” Fifth year setter Stacy Carter was named as the Player of the Match, as Beausoleil unveiled the same starting lineup that knocked off the East Division third seeded Canadore Panthers over the weekend.
“For the girls to be here and experience this is essential for the success of our program,” added Beausoleil. “There are only a small handful of them who have been here before.”
Cambrian now advances to face the Durham Lords (13-5), an opponent they have yet to meet this year, even in tournament play. “They are big,” stressed Beausoleil. “We’re going to have to outwork them and out-defend them, because they’re so big at the net.”
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