By Peggy Billingsley
For the first time in the history of men’s volleyball at Centennial College the Colt’s team earned a spot in the Canadian championships.
During the three day round-robin tournament in Sherbrooke Quebec, the team placed fifth out of twelve Canadian provincial champion teams.
Despite the respectable performance there was some disappointment because mental errors cost the men points when they needed them most.
“I think we lost some concentration at some crucial points,” team captain and All-Canadian Doug Bartmann said after the consolation game.
That was evident in their second match of the tournament with Ontario’s Loyalist College.
The Colt’s lost three games to one.
“It just wasn’t there,” said coach Janusz Packowski. “They (the Loyalist team) were better at the time.””Mentally they weren’t ready for that match,” he said.
The Colts went on to redeem themselves in the next day’s match with the tough Quebec team from Sherbrooke Community College. They gave up two games to the strong Quebec team after winning the first two, “Centennial rallied to win the tiebreaker.
“When we’re on our game we can compete with any team in Canada,” Bartmann said.
The mental errors were a nemisis again the next day when the Colts lost to a team from Alberta.
Despite being out of medal round the men collected their resources and played like champions in their final game early Saturday morning to determine their national standings for 1989.
Graduating player Paul Marych said that the competition was tough and it was difficult coming into the tournament and playing well when the teamhadn’t been regularly exposed to the high caliber of play.
While they had met some of the teams at previous tournaments most had improved over the season and it was difficult to anticipate the level of competition he said.
He said he wished the team placed in the medal round, but Marych was pleased with the way the team played, especially when it came to defense.
“Our main goal was to win the Ontario’s and this was kind of like gravy,” he said.
Coach Packowski agreed that the team played well and said it was good for the returning players to be exposed to the high caliber of competition.
Even though the final standings didn’t tell the story, Packowski felt that Centennial was the most powerful team in the tournament.
“Everybody knows now that Centennial can play good volleyball,” he said. “They respect them.”
Women finish in 6th
By Robin McNamara
Centennial’s women volleyball Colts surprised everyone with their performance at the Canadian College Athletic Association championship tournament in Sherbrooke, Quebec Mar. 23-25.
The team was not rated to place in the top ten against Canada’s best, but walked away with 6th spot after three days of competition.
The women were not prepared for the level of competition and a lack of experience hurt, says coach Hope Humphries.
“Our defence wasn’t sharp, and therefore it hurt our attack,” she said.
“We got into some pretty tough five-game matches and our bench is not strong.”
On Thursday the Colts opened the tournament with two match losses.
They had to beat Mt. St. Vincent for a spot in the quarter finals and hard work and “togetherness” won the match for the Colts in four games.
But the women seemed to lose their drive after the first quarter final game Friday against their competitor.
They came on strong to win the first game 15-13, but it was downhill from then on.
An injury to Colt Stephanie Purvis was a blow that Centennial could not put behind them. Purvis broke a tooth on the floor as she dove to return a spike. She was taken to hospital, but had to wait until the next morning for repairs to her exposed nerve and root.
After the injury the Colts lost the match in three games and any hope for a medal was lost.
“When you have six players on the court you have a unit. Losing Stephanie really hurt us,” Humphries said.
The Colts once again started strong and crumbled during the consolation match Saturday morning.
After winning the first game, the team dropped three straight to finish in sixth place overall. For team captain Mary Jo Jarosz the tournament was disappointing. But Jarosz said she was happy with the team’s accomplishments in this, her final year at Centennial.
“Nobody really expected us to come second at the provincials, she said.
“It was a good season.”