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Weekend Round-up

2015 / 01 / 21

The 14u boys teams were off to Markham for the Challenge cup Trillium level. They were able to pull out a thrilling three set win in their first match of the day against the Lakers from North Bay. However a tough loss to the PEgasus black team put them in second place in their pool. The first round of playoffs brought on the new comers Titans Wolverines. The boys abttled hard but fell in the in the first set 25-27 and could not recover from that losing the second 21-25. Stinging from the loss the team was unable to bounce back agaist the Impact club and in the end finished 7th.

In the 17u girls division 4 teams travelled to 2 separate locations. The Twisters and Trailblazers (16u HP) headed upstream to Pembroke to compete at the trillium division while the BlackJacks and the Outlaws (16u HP) took the usual route down the 401 to Bowmanville.

In Pembroke the Twisters were able to post a win against the home town Vikings to remain in their seed placement going into playoffs. There like the Bandits they lost a first set heartbreaker 25-27 to the Clarington Grizzlies and were unable to regroup both in the second set and in the subsequent consolation game. A final match win over the hosts again eneded the day much as it had started. The Trailblazers faired slightly worse in their pool matches on the day playing an age group up, however their big win came in their 4th match vs the Twisters to hold a 5th place finish.

Meanwhile in the Championship tournament in Bowmanville the BlackJacks once again exerted their dominence at this level by putting together another undefeated effort cruising through the comeptition without surrendering a single set enroute to the Gold Medal and thus booking their ticket back to the premiere division for the next event. Meanwhile the 16u Outlaws posted an equally impressive record on the day where they took down every 17u team they played with the exception of a single loss in the semifinals to the BlackJacks. This team is constantly raising the level of their play and are on the verge of qualifying for premiere in two age groups. Climbing the ladder just like the plan says.

On the 14u Girls side the teams were all off to Kingston as both the Championship East and the Trillium level were held in the familar confines of Queens University. At the Champoionship level the Six Shooters moved in to unfamiliar territory with their first appearance outside of the Trillium level. The Goldiggers were crusing through the day with their only loss being a semifinal defeat to the eventual goldmedalists but bouncing back to win the Bronze over the Titans from Scarborough. results from the Trillium performance of the Revolvers has yet to come in.

South ot the border the 18u Mustangs, 17u Desperados and the 16u Longhorns were all facing off in a different volleyball environment. Serving liberos and unlimited substitutions can change the fell and flow of the game but the teams enjoyed the challenge and change. 

In the Rochester CAN-AM the 17u Desperados defeated teams from Albany, Buffalo and Maryland while suffering a contraversial loss to the 2014 NY State champs from Victor NY. However the disappointment came with lossed to Ontario teams Pakmen Gold and Predators sending the boys north a little earlier than anticipated (9th). The Longhorns faired much better with a string of victories in the second phase of the tournament until they hit the final four. Running in to the hometown Pace Bootleggers, the eventual champions. A second loss in the bronze to Eden Mizuno left the team disppointed with the 4th place finish. Over time will settle in to a feeling of satisfaction when they look back on a weekend of adventure that will inspire them (or their coach) to work harder and stronger to overcome some of those oh so close losses.

Meanwhile the 18u Mustangs were also playing in the US, results have not come in yet but we will post them soon,

 

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