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Seneca Sting Women's Varsity Volleyball Alumni Pose for a Team Photo from Alumni Games in Oct. 2011
By: Michael Katz, Seneca Student Sports Reporter
It was a fun Saturday afternoon in late October at Seneca’s Newnham Gymnasium as many of Seneca’s varsity alums returned to the place where it all started.It was a rare opportunity for those who returned to relive great memories and play on their home floor, once again, against the 2011 Seneca Sting varsity squads.
Some of the Women’s Volleyball Alumni in attendance took a few minutes to reflect on their time at Seneca following their match against the current varsity student-athletes.
Program: Lab Technician (1993-1996)
Current Occupation: Physio & OT Assistant at Centennial Hospital
Fondest Memory as a Seneca Athlete: Winning three straight OCAA championships
(FUN FACT – The Sting won 7 straight OCAA Championships from 1989-1995)
Alumni Game Appearance: 5th
Comment on 2011-2012 Sting: “This year’s Seneca squad is pretty good. They need to stay positive and never give up, even if they fall behind late in games.”
Program: Post Graduate Communications and Public Relations (2007-2008)
Fondest Memory as a Seneca Athlete: “The road trips with the team were the best! We were a very small and close knit team.”
Alumni Game Appearance: “First alumni game, it was a ton of fun. Even though we lost, we put up a decent fight.”
Comment on 2011-2012 Sting: “They have really good blocks, and a lot of back court hitting. Keep up the
Program: Broadcast Journalism (2009-2011)
Fondest Memory as a Seneca Athlete: “I miss the regular routine practices and work-outs. I also miss the family-oriented bond I had with the team.”
Alumni Game Appearance: 1st
Comment on 2011-2012 Sting: “They played well. They still need to learn each other’s tendencies, however with a coach like Shane [Timms], they’ll be really good by the end of the year.”
From the perspective of the current Sting team the Alumni Games were a rewarding experience.First-year player Guilia DiGiorgio reinforced the positives vibes from the day.
“It was a fun game, it was a day to have fun, it’s what the Alumni Games are all about.”
However, DiGiorgio believes the team needs to work on its focus and preparation.A lack of both of those qualities resulted in a loss to the Alumni in the third set.
All in all, the Sting Women’s Volleyball squad held their own, taking three of four sets from the Alumni.
Meanwhile, it was a different story for the Seneca Sting Varsity Men’s Volleyball team, who had their hands full with a determined alumni squad.
The Alums were full of pride and confidence in their veteran savvy after taking 3 of 4 games from the 2011 version of the Sting.
Program: International Business (1998-2000)
Current Occupation: Business Entrepreneur & Creator of filemytickets.com
Fondest Memory as a Seneca Athlete: Recorded 7 digs in a single game against Humber while he was a member of the Seneca squad. Fleishman says it “sealed his love for the game of volleyball.”
Alumni Game Appearance: 2nd
Comment on 2011-2012 Sting: “They looked pretty good, but seemed to be fighting some early season nerves. The old guys won today, but that could change by the end of the season.”
Fondest Memory as a Seneca Athlete: Making the finals and the feeling of having a second family.
Alumni Game Appearance: “It’s my fourth alumni game! I love coming back!”
Comment on 2011-2012 Sting: “This year’s squad has a lot of talent. They need to show more emotion on the court, volleyball is meant to be fun.”
Program: Photography and Pre-Media
Current Occupation: LCBO Marketing Department
Fondest Memory as a Seneca Athlete: “Making Nationals, and winning two Silver Medals.”
Comment on 2011-2012 Sting: “They’re a young team, they need to play more as a team. They serve quite well.”
Fourth-year Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Shane Timms thinks the alumni game is a great event for all former and current Seneca athletes.
Assistant coaches Mike Haines and Andrew McCutcheon are both alumni, and Timms believes they are vital to the success of his team.
After a rough outing against the Alumni, he says “the team needs to show more consistency. There were too many unforced errors, and the team must compete for every single point in order to be successful.”
However, Timms’ confidence in the squad still remains, as he thinks the squad has the skill to compete for a gold medal.