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Girls' Volleyball 2019-2020

Humberside Captures TDSSAA City Championship            

Humberside Team Photo

   When our coach told us to play like you want to win, it was like playing with fire in our bellies” Aislynn Grant, volleyball player, Humberside Collegiate

By David Grossman

They gathered, standing in a circle on the gym floor, listening and somewhat attentive to words filled with recognition and tribute from their head coach.

Some of the members of the Humberside Collegiate girls’ volleyball squad were in a bevy of excitement. Others stood, eyes glazed, still in a state of disbelief at what had just happened.

Twelve ambitious players had made history for a school, established back in 1892, after winning the Toronto District School Board 3-A championship for the first time in the history of the academic institution.

To many of the players, the victory meant more than a trip to the Ontario playoffs – something they earned after a stunning three-game sweep.

With what some referred to as their best performance of the school year, the Huskies dismantled a Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate squad winning 25-14, 25-14 and claimed a trophy symbolizing excellence, after a thrilling 27-25 third match victory. That last one, was tied nine times.

There’s a saying around Humberside – felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas”. That’s the school motto in Latin, and is described as “happy is the person who has been able to learn the reasons of things”.

As for the volleyball team, those words sum it all up.

Prior to the gold medal game, there was quite a bit of chatter about the strength of an accomplished Mowat team, one that was out to defend the title and its league domination of the past few years. Mowat was also led by Kat Georgiadis, a Canadian Youth National team star, one of the top teenage players in the country and the backbone for many other top calibre athletes.

Humberside had memories. Just ask the players.

Looking back, it was Mowat that eliminated Humberside last year in the Toronto City-wide semifinals. Humberside wanted nothing more than to settle the score.

Having split games in a tournament earlier in the school year, the competitive fire, with many players in their graduating year, was at its extreme for both teams in this showdown - the finale of the Toronto District Secondary Schools Athletic Association season.

Humberside head coach Brian Singh watched his team combine power, precision play and a defensive gem. He only called one time-out – and that came late in the third match. After it was all over, Singh gathered his players on the gym floor at Centennial College.

“In the huddle, I told them to enjoy the moment, their performance was amazing and their constant hard work, two years in the making, was something special to cherish,” said Singh. “The girls served tough, got lots of free balls, controlled the play and the defense was superb. I never thought this would be a sweep, but more like a five-match battle.”

Mowat didn’t start out well and quickly fell behind in the first two matches with a series of mental team lapses. Poor communication among players led to mental miscues, as Humberside continued to expose weaknesses and pile up points. The third match was a barnburner with a skilled Gala Halilovic showing some brilliant defensive plays.

“This was a big prize for us,” said an elated Halilovic, the 17-year old Libero playing her last high school game in Toronto. “Everything went well, we were focussed and it all came together – our best volleyball of the season.”

Saying her nerves got to her the night before the final, Aislynn Grant, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, played with poise and confidence frequently displaying her gifted athleticism with power hitting and pin-point placement of the ball.

“When our coach told us to play like you want to win, it was like playing with fire in our bellies,” said Grant, who is planning to attend the University of Ottawa in the fall. “We had worked so hard and didn’t want to lose this one. We knew they would be tough, but I truly believe, based on how we played, that we wanted this win more.”

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David Grossman

David Grossman is a veteran award-winning Journalist, Broadcaster with some of Canada’s major media, including the Toronto Star and SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN, and a Public Relations professional for 40+ years in Canadian sports and Government relations.

 

IMG_5293ECAthletes meet at the net during a game at Riverdale CI. To see more photos, visit the Photo Gallery.

Girls' Volleyball

Thank you to all students and coaches for a great 2020 season! City Championships at Centennial College played host to some great match ups! Congratulations to our City Champions: 

Junior: York Mills CI

Senior AA: Silverthorn CI

Senior AAA: Humberside CI

Good luck to Silverthorn and Humberside as they represent Toronto at OFSAA! 

City Champions - 2019

Birchmount CI 2A Girls City ChampionshipCongratulations to the Senior Girls at Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute for being the Champs of the 2018-2019 AA City Championships! To see more photos, visit the Photo Gallery.

Sir Oliver Mowat CI Girls Vball Team City ChampionshipAll that hard work and practice paid off! Congratulations to our Junior Girls at Sir Oliver Mowat CI for winning the 2018-2019 City Championships! To see more photos, visit the Photo Gallery.

 

This year's City Championships took place on February 22nd at the Centennial College. Championships were held in the Junior, Senior AA, and Senior AAA divisions.

 

vball_jrgirls-EC Congratulations goes out to the girls from Sir Oliver Mowat CI for taking the title of Jr. Girls Volleyball City Champions! Well done! To see more photos, visit the Photo Gallery

vball_srgirlsAA-EC This year's Sr. Girls Volleyball AA City Champions are the girls at Silverthorn CI. Congratulations! To see more photos, visit the Photo Gallery

vball_srgirlsAAA-EC Congratulations to the girls from Richview CI, who came out on top as the final winners in the Sr. Girls 3A City Championships against Malvern CI. To see more photos, visit the Photo Gallery

OFSAA 2020

OFSAA volleyball will take place from March 9-11, 2020. For more event details visit the respective A, AA, and AAA OFSAA websites.

http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/championships-festivals

 

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