By William Wu:
“Front hands, three swings, watch the dump – FLOOAAATER!”
Three years ago, the Lisgar Junior Boys Volleyball team lost in a heartbreakingly close semi-final game against Samuel Genest. Two years ago, the Junior Boys, consisting of many of the same players, were eliminated once more in a semi-final game against Samuel Genest. Last year, the Senior Boys had the talent and potential to win everything, but the disruption of Bill 115 prevented Lisgar from fielding a team. This year, the Senior Boys Volleyball team is out to redeem themselves.
And redeem themselves they have.
The season started in high fashion at the Queens Invitational Tournament. Despite having no practises beforehand, the previously unknown Lisgar Lords were the talk of the tournament as they came out with a second place finish, losing in a narrow final to Regiopolis Notre Dame, Kingston’s 7th consecutive City Champions.
After this season opener, the boys returned home to win gold at the annual De La Salle Tournament, dominating the tournament with an undefeated record. “I would say that the team really came together lately,” says Stephen Kary, one of the team’s starting middles and a member of the Fusion Volleyball Club, “everyone started doing the little things that we needed from them to achieve success as a team.”
A few weeks later, the team found success once again at the Sam’ Frappe Tournament, hosted by Samuel Genest as they beat out schools such as Franco-Cite, St. Michael’s, and Louis Riel to bring home the gold medal. In season play, the Lisgar Lords dominated with a 9-1 win/loss record and continued their success by winning their semi-final game in straight sets, and eventually, taking home the title of City Champions by defeating Longfields Davidson in the AAA/AAAA final held at Lester B. Pearson.
Now with OFSAA now around the corner, the team is gearing up once more to assert their presence against the best teams in the province. “We are going to have to find new ways too win rather than relying on our physicality,” says team captain Ben Harper, one of the team’s key players and a member of Team Ontario this summer, “the teams at OFSAA will be just as physical as we are, if not more.”
OFSAA this year will be hosted by John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in London, Ontario, and will include the 18 best “AAA” teams from around the province.
For the graduating players, it will be the last time that they wear the Lisgar blue.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to spend my last season of Lisgar volleyball with”, says Josh Isaac, the team’s most versatile player and a member of Team Ontario, “I think we’ve grown tremendously as a team, from never playing with each other and placing second at our first tournament to becoming city champions. Love these boys.”
*Update*: The boys placed 3rd at OFSAA, beating out the seven-time City Champions Regiopolis Notre-Dame from Kingston in the Bronze Medal match! Congratulations goes out to Sena Katigiri, Isaac Mckeague, Jin Xu, Josh Isaac, Gareth Luke, Stephen Kary, Tom Davidson, Ben Harper, William Wu, and Abbas Ghandour for their incredible season.