Junior NDSS Hawks sweep Blazers, advance to KASSAA volleyball semifinals

NDSS' Sophie Donnan and Vienna Ballance-Hinch block a shot at the net during Thursday's KASSAA junior girls' volleyball quarter-finals. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

Adam Prudhomme

NDSS’ junior girls’ volleyball team took the first step towards defending their KASSAA league title on Thursday, sweeping the Bayridge Blazers in the quarter-finals.

Napanee entered the playoffs as the top seed by virtue of their 11-1 record in the regular season. That also bought them a first round home match up against the eighth seeded Blazers.

The Hawks came out firing, taking the first set 25-4. They finished the sweep with a 25-10 and 25-15 win in the second and third sets respectively.

Vienna Ballance-Hinch leaps to return a volley. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

The Hawks will next welcome the Kingston Secondary School Bears to the NDSS court for the semifinals, Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Bears are the lone team to beat the Hawks this season, rallying from an 0-2 deficit to win in five sets in their only regular season match up.

NDSS’ Abby Kelsey prepares to serve in the first set of Thursday’s KASSAA quarter-finals. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

The winner of Monday’s match will secure a spot in the KASSAA finals which will take place Feb. 14 at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. They’ll take on the winner of the Sydenham and Frontenac semifinal show down, which is also set for Monday.

-Elsewhere the NDSS senior boys’ basketball team fell 68-32 in their quarter-final match up. The Hawks entered as the eighth and final seed, drawing the unenviable pairing with the top ranked Holy Cross Crusaders.

Prior to the playoff defeat, they did end the regular season on a high note, topping Mille-Îles Public School 49-32 on Tuesday. giving them the extra two points needed to at least qualify for the playoffs and earn an extra game. NDSS went 3-7 on the season.

-NDSS’ boys hockey team had a rough day on the ice, losing 8-2 to La Salle. They’re now 2-5-1 on the season, sitting eight in the KASSAA standings.

-NDSS’ girls hockey team was blanked 2-0 at the hands of the Crusaders on Monday, their first regulation loss of the season. Napanee is now 3-1 with one shootout loss, placing them third in the standings.

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