The SDSSAA Senior Girls Volleyball season concluded with the Confederation Chargers claiming the city banner with a four set with over the Horizon Aigles. Based on the next wave behind them, don't expect the two Valley rivals to fall from the list of contenders for the senior crown any time soon.
Working around everything ranging from club volleyball schedules to a never-ending stream of snow days, junior bragging rights would not be decided until a few weeks later when the Chargers completed the sweep, taking down the junior Aigles 25-23, 25-20, 25-20.
A former dancer and all-around volleyball lover since the age of 12 or so, Marley Tremblay pointed to a handful of factors that contributed to the junior success at Confederation this year.
"We have all played against or with each other, we we're all friends to begin with," noted the 15 year old left side. "We had a strong bond which is super important on the court. We had all different skills to create a team that we thought could be pretty good this year."
Despite the fact that the two schools are separated by a distance of likely three kilometres or less, the teams had not yet met in 2022, prior to the championship affair, as schedules in all sports became something of a moving target.
"We were unaware of a lot about Horizon going into that game - we had never played them this year," stated Tremblay. "When we saw them play the first set, we knew what we needed to adjust to, where we shoould be placing the ball."
A clear leader within the group, Tremblay found a way to balance her natural instincts in a sporting milieu with a recognition that only a handful of her teammates would share a similar volleyball background, with years of experience with the Northern Chill Volleyball Club.
"I've always been super competitive since I was really little, even in our gym games," she said. "But for school, I find I can help people more because I am training more. I get to let loose and have fun."
On the other side of the court, Horizon volleyball mentor Patrick Gervais noted the improvement of the team since the beginning of the season, highlighting the play of Emma Perreault. "She was a standout, with some massive kills in all three sets," he said.
Both the Aigles and the Chargers also captured their respective NOSSA titles, with both schools clearly setting the sights on raising the bar even more when it comes to high-school volleyball in Valley East.
"Our boys wanted to do tryouts before the summer and then be able to workout during the summer," said Gervais. "Now, we want to do it with the girls, just let the girls get some extra touches in during the summer.
Members of the winning Confederation junior team included Reece Crane, Abbey Walker, Rylee Thompson, Madisyn Leblanc, Isabella Vis, Danica Fleming, Mya Stewart, Avery Brule, Marley Tremblay, Kendra Desrochers, head coach Joey L'Heureux as well as assistants Ethan Selk and Giuliana Parisotto.