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Ontario Chapionships Round 1

2015 / 04 / 14

Starting off with the only boys age group on the weekend the 17u Desperados and Chargers both sprung in to action. The Desperados were seeded 5th and the Chargers 19th, both teams would see a rise in that final standing.

Each of the two teams finished tied for first in the pool on day one. The Desperados stole the #2 seed away from Aurora despite losing in straight sets to the Storm. While the Chargers lost their tie break and were relegated out of Tier 1 on the first day.

The Desperados lost that seed the following day falling 2-1 to LVC Fire, setting up an inevitable date with the #1 Pakmen on Sunday. After surviving a scary quarter final the boys came out blazing taking the first set 25-23 and a step closer to history. That story will have to be written another day as the team from Mississauga came roaring back to win in 3. A lacklustre performance in the Bronze sent the guys back home a little down with a 4th place finish.

The Chargers ended up in Tier 3 after day to but made the best of that situation with a 3 match winning streak and some revenge over day one adversary Toronto West. A gold medal can take away a lot of pain from missed opportunity. The Chargers  finished 17th and will return to Waterloo in two weeks to try again at the 18u tournament.

On the girls side our Outlaws, TrailBlazers and Derringers all mounted great efforts in their 16u division. All three teams would improve their rankings from the beginning of the event to Sunday afternoon although it would prove to be a rugged road.

Day one was exceptional for the HP Outlaws as they secured a Tier one finish guaranteed, by winning 2 of their first three. A close loss in their opener didn't deter these ladies from rebounding and winning consecutive matches against higher seeds and moved from #15 into the top 8 temporarily. One parent noted that coach Nguyen was in danger of hurting his head on the roof he was so high with elation, we all know what that feels like when your team gets the job done. He had the right to be as he started with this group last season when the core group of Outlaws came out of 14U ranked in the mid-50's, finished a disappointing 37th last season at 15U Provincials but bounced back at Eastern Canadians and finshed 10th and have been improving steadily all season.

Day two would be the proving ground for the team. Three top 8 teams in their pool would show if they had what it takes. At the end of Saturday despite losing all three matches (not one score below 21) the team was undaunted by their record and buoyed by the quality of play. The Outlaws were out to make some noise on Sunday.

With 84 teams in this division the TrailBlazers came in ranked 42nd and the Derringers 55th. With so many tournaments and teams; moving up the ladder on the girls side of the OVA is a tough Challenge indeed. This weekend would be the time to test the waters for Coaches Shaheen and Slutier and their charges.

The TrailBlazers had their toughest match right out of the gates. A heartbreaking 23-25 first set loss carried over into the second set and the girls could not rebound against Hamilton Smash. A little between match chat with coach Mo and things got a lot better with convincing wins over Peterborough and ACTS Elite for a second place standing. On to Saturday, where our girls found out there is something in the water in the Georgian Bay, losses to both Barrie Elites and Georgian Cubs meant we needed a big win over the gals from Kingston, our old rivals Pegasus. What a bastille! 3 exciting sets and when the dust settled only 2 points separated out girls from the Pegasus squad, on to Sunday.

The Derringers began their weekend with a win over the Breakers from Cobourg followed by a loss to the Waterdown Raiders. Undeterred Coach Slutier rallied his troops for a big win over the ThunderCats of Richmond Hill. A second place finish on day one has its satisfaction but also it's regrets. Saturday those little pistols showed a mark of consistency by repeating their 2-1 record defeating Markham and Oakville but falling to Stratford. Overall a good 4-2 record over two days and some great volleyball action was surely waiting for them Sunday morning.

So 16u Sunday went something like this.... The uplifted Outlaws were suddenly struck by Lightning of the Leaside variety in their quest and had to settle for a 9th place standing. It was very disappointing result but when put into perspective this was an over 40 plus spot improvement in two years in the second largest age group in the OVA and the largest 16U group in Canada. The Outlaws now await their fate for a Division 1 Tier 1 birth at Nationals in Calgary. Here's hoping the large number of 16U Girls Ontario teams will benefit their percentile ranking in Canada.

The TrailBlazers and Derringers won their opening round match ups over Guelph and Orillia. The Trail ended in Orangeville for the Blazers (21st overall) as ACTS Elite continued their winning ways against the Mavs. Meanwhile the Derringers (36th overall) made their way past Brantford and into the medal round of Tier 2 but came up short to Sarnia and Markham to finish with that sour taste of 4th. All in all a good weekend for our Comp team and the entire 16u corps.

If you are still with me then you must be a fan of 15u girls.... well the tale is worth sticking around for, although with 4 teams in the top 42 of a division that sports an unreal 106 entries you can imagine that sorting out the whey from the chafe will be a challenge. Maybe you should go online and get a program to sort all these out.

So lets go down our roster. Up first will be the #19 Ambush, followed by the #26 Stampede then the #35 Colts and close behind the #41 Spurs. Remember 106 team!!! WOW all of ours in the top third pretty much.

In How ever 1 the Stampede and Ambush both sported 1-2 records on the first day. However in one pool that would get you the expected third place standing while the other is brought about a disappointing 4th. So while coaches, players and parents may have been a little disappointed in the result it in fact showed that rankings going in are sometimes more accurate than we know, These teams would be in the 17-32 placement bracket now.

Day two began with an all Maverick battle between the Ambush and Stampede with the Ambush establishing their dominance. They would carry that through to a perfect 3-0 record with wins over two Niagara Rapids teams, while the Stampede would split those matches and finish 3rd in the pool.

Day three would see both teams winning their round of 16 matches over South County and Etobicoke. The Ambush would see their quest end with Thunderous Blues from Oakville and the Stampede discovered that the Elites from Barrie could be just that. With three days done and all that volleyball our two 15u HP teams ended up both in the tied for 21st slot, a slight slip for the Ambush but a little boost for the Stampede.

In DIV 2 the Colts and Spurs had their hands full right out of the gate. Both teams fell in their openers with the Spurs rebounding to win their next two the Colts continued a hard start to the weekend going 0-3. (Things got better if you saw our other article)

Saturday the Spurs lost two before winning their final of the day against Evolution from Pickering. This final win must have boosted their spirits somewhat as Sunday morning the Spurs came out on fire in their first game against the Thunder Cats of Richmond Hill winning 25-14, but that was short lived and their day ended early and a 41st ranking overall.

Meanwhile the Colts continued their tough slide in the first match Saturday but would break the curse and go on a 6 match win streak over MVC(Kingston), Barrie, Peterborough, Scorpions (Kingston), Brant and MVC one more time to complete the string. Only a finish like this can allow you to say you didn't belong where you finished, proving day one is an unforgiving taskmaster at the Ontario Championships. Great job finishing strong coach Misha and girls all this to end up with a final ranking of Ontario 49 (Quick someone buy a lottery ticket!)

Congratulations to all and for those continuing on to Calgary, keep on working hard.

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