SUDBURY – The rescheduled Northern Ontario Secondary School Athletics (NOSSA) competition took place this past Monday, February 24, and the previously undefeated North Shore Secondary Schools Association (NSSSA) champion Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) Mustangs junior girls’ volleyball team earned a respectable bronze result.
“The girls finished third at NOSSA today. They fought hard in their first match, losing a close one 2-1 to Franco-Cite (Nipissing),” said coach Neil Debassige.
It was a tough loss for the team and was hard on both their standings and their energy. Up next was another tough competitor: College Notre-Dame of Sudbury. The ‘Stangs fell in two straight sets.
Things were not looking overly promising as they began their final matchup against Notre-Dame-Du-Sault from Sault Ste. Marie. Their first set of three ultimately ended in a loss.
“Even though they lost their first set of the final match against Notre-Dame-du-Sault and were down seven points in the second set, they composed themselves and got to work to dig themselves out of a hole to win the next two sets,” said Mr. Debassige.
That hard-earned victory secured the Mustangs a solid third-place finish overall.
“They had a great year,” said Mr. Debassige.
Now that the off-season period has begun, the girls will be thinking of their preparations for next year’s season and fighting hard to ensure they give an even better showing next year.
The 2019-2020 junior girls’ Mustangs volleyball team members are Jordan Bailey, Mikayla Cafferty, Katie Chapman, Jasmin Colwell, Nicole Cress, Darci Debassige, Autumn Deschenes, Whittier Dwyer-Gauthier, Aysia Francis-Debassige, Sophie Hietkamp, Noel Naokwegijig, Chloe Peltier, Sabrina Shamess and Madison Skippen.