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'Varsity' volleyball in a senior league

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Glendale High School's senior boys volleyball team found itself in a unique position to start the 2016 TVDSB South East season.

"This year's team is very unique," said Glendale senior boys coach Sherry Coulter, "because we have a mixture of juniors and seniors. We're calling ourselves a varsity team, but we have to technically play as a senior team."

The Gemini have four 'true' seniors and six juniors, including Grade 9s.

"So we are a very young team," said Coulter. "We're developing, we're learning a lot of new skills.

"Our libero and Jayden (King) are both in Grade 9, and they are starters. Trent Sinden is our only returning senior - so everybody else is either a junior that has come up, or brand new Grade 9s."

Sinden, who typically plays power hitter, shifted to the middle for Tuesday's home game against Ingersoll.

"He loves to play power, but I thought to get a better matchup this evening we needed to move him to middle," said Coulter, recalling a lineup change for the second set. "Their middle guy was pretty big so we needed to get a hand on him and block the ball. Trent did a really nice job because as a middle blocker you're covering a lot of ground. He was able to do that really well for us."

Ingersoll won the best-of-five 25-11, 25-13, 25-12 to stay unbeaten (3-0) in TVRA East. Glendale, winners of their season opener against Dorchester (25-19, 25-14, 26-28, 27-25), dropped to 1-2 on the season.

"A nice way to start the season, for sure," said Coulter. "Hopefully we can build on that.

"This game, everything was moving at a higher tempo than anything the juniors have ever seen before. IDCI is a very talented team - they've always been a strong team. But that last game, they had quite a few of their starters in, and we still played right with them. That was one of the nice about our guys - they never gave up. They were still really trying their hardest."

Glendale was scheduled to play at WCI yesterday (Oct. 4). The next four games will also be on the road - CASS, Dorchester, Huron Park and Ingersoll - before returning to Glendale on Thursday, Oct. 27 against Woodstock Collegiate Institute. 

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