16U Aquila Earn Another Top 3
January 12, 2020
The new year began as the past year finished off, with Aquila earning another top 3 finish at an OVA event.
As hosts of the 17U Challenge Cup event in Oakville, Aquila came out of the gates a little flat against a steady Titans Helios team. A straight sets flop sent the team into the second pool play match with a bit of desperation. Fortunately, Aquila came to play in match two and made quick work of a lacklustre Titans Fury squad and secured a trip to the quarter finals.
In the quarter final match, Aquila played what turned out to be their most impressive match of the day, finishing off the Niagara Rapids Summit in straight sets, 15-14, 25-12. Aquila met up with local rival Defensa 1WhiteSix and unfortunately could not use the rivalry as a catalyst to push them in to the finals, dropping two straight sets 15-25, 19-25. In the match for third place, Aquila struggled to get going but eventually caught fire and toppled another local rival in the EVP Eagles Green, 25-21, 25-17.
Congratulations to Aquila for their third place finish. The team now travels to Cleveland for the Rock N' Rumble, which has over 350 teams and 44 courts of play. Good luck!!
Shujaas Take 2nd, Isihlangu Get First Match Win
January 11, 2020
Lakeside hosted a full slate of volleyball this past weekend as three teams competed in their respective Challenge Cup Tournaments.
Our 14U Shujaas took to the court for pool play and after two matches secured top spot in their pool and an entry into the Quarter Finals versus Georgetown Impact Resistance. A decisive victory in two straight sets saw the Shujaas land a spot in the semi finals against a talented MVC Blackhomb squad. Another closely contested two set victory propelled the Shujaas into a finals match against a very sound Halton Hurricanes 13U team. A polished and precise Hurricanes team proved to be too much for our newly formed Shujaas team, ending the day in a bitter-sweet second place.
Our 14U Isihlangus entered their second tournament of the season without a victory to their name, but that all changed on Saturday. A tough pool placement proved to be tricky at the best of times, leading the Isihlangu (primarily 11 and 12 year olds) in third place in their pool entering the afternoon playoff rounds. A wild Quarter final matchup with MVC Blackhomb saw our young warriors fight off a straight sets victory for MVC and push the match to a third and deciding set after a 25-22 second set win. The third set brought heartbreak and anguish to the Isihlangu as they fell hard for a 15-1 thrashing and a slide down to the consolation bracket. In their first consolation match against ACTS Elites, the Isihlangu dropped their first set by a respectable 25-19 margin. They came out strong in the second set to win 25-15 in a convincing fashion. Now in set three, the Isihlangu were riding a wave of excitement and energy, and erupted in a chorus of cheers and chants after sealing their first victory at 14U with a 15-9 set win.
Congratulations to all of our young ladies and their efforts at a fantastic OVA Challenge Cup event. Both of these teams now head to Cleveland, Ohio to take part in the JVA Rock N' Rumble January 18-19. Good luck ladies!!
15U Inkemba Place 2nd in Challenge Cup
December 8, 2019
It was a thrilling day for the Inkemba squad as they walked away with their first medal of the 2019-20 campaign.
Lakeside Inkemba hosted the Challenge Cup on Saturday Dec 7th at Garth Webb in Oakville. Ranked 5th in the tournament, the Inkemba were slow out of the gate, dropping both pool play matches and having to play the play-in match to secure a spot in the quarter finals.
The Inkemba rose to the occasion and defeated the Niagara Fury to confirm their spot in the quarters and face the top seeded Georgetown Impact. Firing on all cylinders, the Inkemba proceeded to take out the Impact in three sets. Taking on the Waterloo Tigers in the semis, the Inkemba punched their ticket to the finals in another three set grind-out victory over the Tigers (whom they lost to earlier in the day). Facing the EVP Eagles in the Final, the Inkemba pulled up a little short, dropping the contest in two very close sets.
Congratulations to the Inkemba for their 2nd place finish. They now head into the Holiday break on a high note, and will start preparing for their next tournament - the Rock N' Rumble in Cleveland, Ohio in January 2020!
Aquila Take Third in 16U Championship Division
December 1, 2019
Team Aquila were back in action this past Saturday, as Lakeside hosted the 16U Championship B tournament at Oakville Trafalgar High School.
Entering the tournament as the top seed, expectations were high for the team in this tournament. As the morning pushed on, Aquila won tight matchups against local rival clubs Milton Edge Fire and Defensa 1White6. After narrowly securing the first seed in Pool A, Aquila took on a decent team from Ancaster and were pushed to a third set where they escaped with a win.
Aquila met the Smash Raiders Awaken in the semi-finals, and once again were pushed to a third set where they could not hang on to seal the victory, losing the set 14-16. In the Bronze Medal match, Aquila faced Defensa 1Purple5 (ranked 8th in the Province at 15U) and won the match in straight sets.
Overall, the team played an uneven tournament and will look to train hard over the next month before hosting a 17U tournament on January 12, 2020 at Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville.
Another Early Accomplishment for LSVC
November 25, 2019
Our 16U Aquila squad travelled to Richmond Hill to take part in their first tournament of the season this past Saturday. The tournament was 17U and had our team ranked sixth to start the day.
After winning their pool, Aquila advanced past their first playoff opponent to make it to the semi-finals, where they suffered their first defeat of the day. Now playing for Bronze, Aquila stormed out of the gates and won easily against a local rival club to secure a third place finish.
Congrats to all of the Aquila girls for this fine accomplishment to start their season. There is not much rest ahead, as Aquila will again suit up this Saturday, November 30th when they host a 16U Championship tournament at Oakville Trafalgar High School. Come out and support the girls as they work towards climbing the ranks to Select Division!