After sweeping the WCSSAA Championship, the Viking senior girls’ volleyball team would meet the Forest Trojans once again in the CWOSSA final, resulting in a five set thriller.
The WCI Vikings dominated the regular season winning 13 of 14 matches with their only loss being the first game of the season to the team they would face in the finals: Forest Heights. After their successful run, it was no surprise that the Vikings would meet the undefeated Trojans in the WCSSAA finals, WCI as the “underdogs” of the title bout. The Vikings would go on to end the match abruptly in three solid sets (25-18, 25-17, 25-16).
The two teams met once again in the CWOSSA finals on March 2nd, resulting in the Trojans’ second defeat by the Vikings.
As the powerful drone of the drum beats from the stands ensued the tension within the gym walls only grew.
The CWOSSA final, which took place at Forest Heights was nothing short of exciting. Even with the Trojans possessing home court advantage, many assumed the results would play in favor of the Vikings with a slight resemblance to the WCSAA finals.
This was unmistakably not the case as the match lasted all five sets and stretched into overtime.
“[The Trojans] made us really work for this one,” stated Marcela B in a post-game interview.
The Vikings would lead the game by two sets only to be tied after four sets as the Trojans seemed to come back with strength. This ultimately didn’t matter as the Vikings would take the last set 15-8, powering through the Trojans’ defense with intensity.
“The intensity was pushed even higher by the article in The Record in which the Trojans were already prepping for OFSAA,” stated team captain Maeve M. On top of this, two sources confirmed that the Trojans had gone ahead and booked hotel rooms for OFSAA in advance of the competition.
“We were so close to coming back,” said an emotional Leah S, a member of the Forest Trojans. “As a fifth-year in my final year of high school, it’s definitely hard for me to come to terms with realizing it is over.”
This shock was shared throughout the crowd as the last set was played and the gym seemed to gradually grow silent as the Vikings pulled away. And with the final point, a beautiful spike from the hard hitter, Lauren H, the game was sealed.
The Vikings, as the CWOSSA champions, will now advance to the all-Ontario (OFSAA) championship from March 9-11 in Chatham, Ontario. With two titles under their belts, all that’s left to ask is this: “Can there be a third?”