Regi Squeaks to Junior Victory
DOUG GRAHAM - The Whig-Standard
A volleyball match can easily be a momentum contest, crossing over from team to team almost as often as service volleys.
The Kingston area high school junior boys championship Saturday night at Queen’s Athletic Centre was a good case in point.
The Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers and Holy Cross Crusaders traded momentum spurts throughout a five-set match.
In the end, it was the Panthers who prevailed, with key Grade 9 student athlete Liam Huntley proving to be the difference in a 3-2 Regi victory.
“Momentum played a big part in this,” said Regi coach Pat Farrell.
“Holy Cross grabbed the momentum when they won the second set. In the fifth set we got some momentum there. That’s a big part of volleyball.”
Although the Panthers never trailed with 25-19 and 25-22 wins in the first and third sets, neither would Holy Cross go away.
In the decisive fifth set, Huntley put down kills for three of Regi’s first four points, added another point off a serve and the Panthers prevailed, 15-8 to capture the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association title.
“Liam is our left-side (player) and he was one of our guys who captured the momentum for us a bunch of times,” Farrell said.
“He doesn’t play like a Grade 9 player. He’s our go-to guy and that was the best game he’s played all year.”
Nick Savoie, middle Joel Malcolm and setter Angus Fay were among the other Panthers playing big roles.
The Crusaders' play was led by Ryan Kinsella, Luciano Troiani and setter Chris Kimmerer.
“That was just good quality junior boys volleyball,” Farrell said. “Both teams run really good offences with two of the best setters in the league, the Kimmerer kid and Fay.
“We knew going into this as coaches it was a 50-50 kind of match. We’re happy it worked out for our side.”
The Crusaders, after dropping the first set on a thunderous slam by Huntley, came back gamely in the second set. Kinsella and Troiani sparked the Holy Cross recovery as both clubs left the opening set jitters behind.
Crusaders won set two, 25-23.
It was 16-16 in the pivotal third set before Huntley went to the service line. By the time he was through, Regi had a 21-16 advantage and went on to go up 2-1 with a 25-22 set win.
Holy Cross evened it again with a 25-20 fourth-set victory. Zac Hutchinson’s two kills down the stretch sent the game to the 15-point final set which Regi took, 15-8.
The Panthers will now host Brockville’s Thousand Islands for the Eastern Ontario championship on Thursday.
Playoff Week 11.04.12
The Panthers host a Tuesday Tripleheader of KASSAA Basketball and Volleyball Quarter-Final action. Garnet & Gold fans are needed in the CND gym to cheer the Panthers squads on as they look to qualify for Thursday and semi-final action.
The RND Panthers survived a first set scare from the KCVI Blues and ended winning in straight sets 3 games to 0 (28-26,25-17,25-14). Down the whole first set and with KCVI leading 24-21 Middle Nick Savoie hit the top of the tape with his serve and the ball landed on the KCVI court to spark the Panthers comeback. The Panthers began playing better defence and took the games momentum to the finish. Leftsides Andrew Borschneck and Liam Huntley combined for 14 kills while rightside Matt Chow played his best game of the year with 6 digs and 7 kills.
The RND Panthers are moving on to the semifinals after a straight set victory over Sharbot Lake. Rightside Matthew Chow served 20 straight points in the opening set to set the stage for the Panthers. Left side Liam Huntley led RND with 8 kills while setter Mike Thivierge ran the offense contributing 16 assists.
Panthers versus Marie Rivier 10.30.12
The RND Panthers kept their undefeated season alive (25-11,25-15,25-9) with a straight set victory over Marie Rivier. Libero Enzo Romeo supplied great passing and 5 digs to start the Regi offence while setter Angus Fay contributed 12 assists.
Old Time North End Match-Ups 10.16.12
The RND Panthers played with focus tonight as they swept QECVI three games to zero (25-7,25-8,25-11). Middles Sean Storr and Eli DeLuzio led RND with a combined 9 kills while left side Nathan Burtch had 13 service points and 5 digs.
Thursday Results 10.11.12
The RND Panthers played some great defense in defeating LCVI 3 games to 0 (25-14,25-18,25-18). Setter Michael Thivierge had a great game contributing 10 assists and 6 spectacular digs in the match as he captured the RND player of the game. Left side Liam Huntley led Regi with 7 kills.
RND Close Down the Blues 10.04.12
The RND Panthers and the KCVI Blues played an exciting junior boys game with RND coming out on top 3 games to 1 (23-25,25-14,25-13,26-24). The Panthers did not have much focus in the warmup and it reflected in how they started the game by falling behind early and eventually losing the first set. Libero Enzo Romeo sparked the Panthers in the second game with some great passing and had 5 digs in the second set. Leftside Greg Borschneck led RND with 12 kills in the match while Romeo finished the match with 1o digs and setter Angus Fay had 24 assists.
Wins in a Western Doubleheader 10.02.12
The RND Panthers travelled to Napanee to take on the Goldeh Hawks and came away with a 3-0 win (25-9,25-9,25-16). The team showed some great defense and transition to offense. Left side Greg Borschneck led RND with 7 kills while setter Angus Fay had 10 assists.
A Busy Thursday 09.27.12
Junior Boys Volleyball: In a spirited affair the homecourt RND Panthers defeated the Black Knights from LaSalle 3 games to 1 (25-6, 25-15,14-25,25-23). After dominating play in the first two sets the Panthers starting committing too many unforced errors to let LaSalle back into the match. The fourth set saw Tom McCabe take over as he had 6 kills to pull out the win for Regi. On the night rightside McCabe led Regi with 14 kills while middle Ogi Marceta had 6 kills of his own.
Tuesday NIght in the North 09.25.12
The RND Panthers started slow in their game against the Northern Panthers from Sharbot Lake as they committed many unforced errors but made a late first set comeback to win 25-23. Left side David Spies sparked Regi in the second and third sets with 6 kills and 4 digs. Middle Joel Malcolm was big at the net with 4 blocks and 12 service points. The final result was a victory for the Southern Panthers; 25-23,25-10,25-4
Junior Panthers Overcome Odesaa Eagles 09.20.12
The RND Panthers started off their season with a dominating win over the Ernestown Eagles (25-8,25-14,25-10). Setters Angus Fay and Michael Thivierge ran a great offence combining for 21 assists. Rightside Thomas McCabe and leftside Liam Huntley combined for 14 kills and 16 service points.
September 2012 - Tryouts
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Student-Athletes return to school on Tuesday, September 4. RND coaches will be prepared for the upcoming KASSAA Fall Sports season on day one with information about sign-up meetings and tryout sessions available through: Hallway Posters, Morning Announcements and Postings on the RND Scoreboard web site.
JUNIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL
Why Play Volleyball?
All RND Student-Athletes must complete and submit to a RND Teacher Coach a Student Athlete Participation Form before participating in any tryout session. These forms can be downloaded and printed (Click Here) for careful completion before the first tryout session.