Malvern Collegiate’s principal Dianne Sharpe is truly diggin’ the girls volleyball team’s performance this season. Led by coach Rob Salvatore and team captain Kersti Sorra, Malvern defeated Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate on February 27 by a score of 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-12) in the city’s AAA final.
The Black Knights were undefeated all season with nine straight wins and will be heading to the OFSAA championships in Ingersoll March 9 to 11.
“We played a really strong game – probably one of our best games of the year so far,” said Salvatore of his team’s performance in the finals. “We are in a good position to medal at OFSAA and be a top seed.”
Salvatore did not discredit their opponents, admitting they are one of the strongest defensive teams and very well coached.
Sorra, who last year was a national champion in 18 and under beach volleyball, felt that the team’s confidence played a big part in their win and their overall performance during the season.
“Everything just came together, which is nice at a city finals,” said Sorra. The strategy? “Go out there, play, and have fun,” she said.
With eight out of the 10 players on the team playing at the competitive club level, Malvern will prove to be a strong contender in Ingersoll, where last year’s champs, Oakville’s Abbey Park H.S., will certainly try to defend their title.
As for principal Sharpe, she hopes they win big at OFSAA “But whatever they do, we’re still proud of them.”