Though there was certainly a much greater pushback than when the teams first met in late October, the Cambrian Golden Shield men’s volleyball team managed to complete their season sweep of the Collège Boréal Vipères on February 1st in New Sudbury.
The Shield took down their cross-town rivals in three sets, winning 25-21, 25-21, 25-17, much closer than their victory of 25-10, 25-9, 25-18 a few months back. In fact, at various points in each set, it appeared as though the Vipères were right on the verge of tasting triumph for the first time all year.
Closing the door, more often than not, was left-side powerhouse Isaac Claveau, far and away the game’s most productive hitter with 13 kills. Also chipping in for Cambrian were Sean O’Connor (6) and Lucas Claveau (5), while Thierry Dugas (9), Nathan Rehner (5) and Christian Mian (4) showed the way for Boréal.
Though still easing his way back into the lineup following an ankle sprain, former Boréal setter Jérémie Lachapelle, now at Cambrian, is starting to develop a nice chemistry with the Shield hitters, including the “twin towers”, offering a slightly different target.
“With Isaac (Claveau), you have to put the ball really high, because he has the big “vert” (vertical),” noted Lachapelle. “With Lucas on the right side, I find, it’s an easier set for me.”
Growing increasingly acclimatized to the OCAA game, Lachapelle noted the specific areas where his setting had to improve this year. “I had to step up my game, play faster, move quicker, have more quality sets off my hands,” he said. “That was the most challenging part of it.”