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Blue Devils Win EOSSAA Volleyball Title
Blue Devils Win EOSSAA Volleyball Title

By Mark Calder 

(Perth) – The hometown team is going to the provincials.

Perth and District Collegiate Institute(PDCI) swept Brockville Collegiate Institute(BCI) in straight sets Friday to take the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) Senior Girls’ A Volleyball Championship before a cheering hometown crowd. The PDCI Blue Devils beat the BCI Red Rams in hard-fought sets 25-22 and 25-21. Perth will now head to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Girls’ A Championship March 6-9 in Kitchener.

“This is what we were pushing for over the last four years – to win here (EOSSAA) – and to do it at home is just great,” said coach Leanne Watt of her team. “They have worked so hard and put in the practice time, and played so many games over the last four years, all for this! I am so happy for these kids.”

The Devils were led by strong play from middle Abby Brandon, said Watt. The Devils’ captain was supported by forwards Alex Roberts and Mickey Congreves, who provided strong hitting and blocking for Perth.

“The difference was our patience, our blocking and being aggressive and attacking at the net. When we hit we win.”

While the Rams were defeated in the final, coach Jessica Dixie said she was proud of her girls’ efforts on the court. She cited co-captains Maggie Bauder and Jessica Morrison for inspiring the team to keep the sets close.

“Maggie was the player able to make incredible saves, getting to balls that would be impossible for most people,” said Dixie.

“Jessica's net play in the semis and finals was very strong. We knew we were up against a hard-hitting team in the finals, and Jessica's defensive play really shut down a lot of Perth's strong hitters, and allowed us to keep the games so close.”

The Rams overcame a difficult semi-final against École Secondaire Catholique de Plantagenet to earn a berth in the finals, while the Devils defeated St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in their semi.

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