George Brown women's volleyball made program history on Saturday afternoon, qualifying for their first crossover playoff berth since the program was inaugurated in 2006-07. The Huskies swept Centennial 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-22) to close the regular season with their second straight win and assure themselves the east division's fifth seed.
"When the season began, we said that we didn't want to peak too early," said head coach Daphne Choi. "It was all about respecting the process and making sure we didn't take any shortcuts, and everyone in the program committed to that and it's why we've been successful."
This season has been a memorable one for many reasons up to this point, with the Huskies making a six-win improvement from last year, Choi and obvious coach of the year candidate, and a set of elite players including Tiana Samuel, Beatriz Vilches and Ashley Lau who count among the best in the province.
"The support of the college has been big for this turnaround, we have more resources available to our athletes than ever before," said Choi. "One of the most fulfilling things for me is that there has been a lot of sacrifice from everyone involved, my coaching staff works full-time, our players are extremely busy, and everyone has been willing to go above and beyond. You need that type of buy-in to succeed."
George Brown will travel to Humber next weekend to take on the Hawks with a spot in the OCAA Championship on the line, and before that had been decided Choi was decidedly indifferent as to who George Brown would face off against.
"To be honest, I don't care who we play. We'll be ready to go."
The men's team closed their regular season with a sweep of the Colts 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-13) with graduating seniors getting the vast majority of the playing time.
Nick Baker-Bell, Perry Kumi and Yuseph Jackman paced the home side with six kills apiece. Matthew Palkowski stepped in and had his best game of the season, finishing with three blocks and kills while making his presence felt at the net on a consistent basis.
With the win George Brown finishes the regular season 10-8 and sixth in the east; they will take on either Redeemer or Niagara in next weekend crossover matchup, looking to win their third consecutive crossover game.