A Winning Weekend At Last
March 9, 2020
To quote Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip, "It's been a long, long, long time comin', but well worth the wait".
This past weekend had our youngest squads make the journey to St. Catherines to compete in an OVA 14U Bugarski Cup Trillium competition, the last one of the regular season series of tournaments. Here is how the day broke down:
Entering the tournament as the 2nd seed, the Shus' first faced Defensa 1WhiteThree to kick things in to gear. After a quick dismissal, the Shujaas had a game off before competing in their second and final pool play game of the day vs. Smash Raiders Boom. The match was closely contested, but the Shus' pulled out the victory and secured the top seed in their pool and a bye into the quarter finals.
The final match brought the Shujaas up against a team from their morning pool play, the Smash Raiders Boom. Towards the end of the first set, the team found themselves trailing by quite a large margin, however they did not give up and pushed the set to the brink, eventually dropping the set by a mere two points. In the second set, the squad found themselves in the exact same predicament however this time they fought through the pressure and anxiety to take the second set in another close, two point margin of victory. By the third set, the Shujaas found their groove, stepped on the gas and sealed the match victory and first place overall for the tournament. A much deserved tournament win on the heels of an up and down year to this point.
Now the Shujaas can focus their efforts on training for the upcoming Provincials in Toronto in April. Great job ladies!!
What can be said about this team. The progress from the beginning of the year up to this point has been off the charts. The team, consisting largely of 11-12 year olds...many whom had not played competitive volleyball coming in to the season, came into this tournament with the same fire in their bellies that they usually do.
Although the volleyball gods were not completely on their side for the majority of the day, these girls put there hearts and souls into every match they played, showcasing a lot of the techniques and skills they have learned in training, along with trying to play system volleyball for the first time this season.
The match highlight of the day was the final match vs Defensa 1WhiteThree, where they took the match to three sets on strong serving, great defensive work, strong communication and a "no quit" attitude but could not outlast their opponents in the end.
The Isihlangu will now focus on training prior to heading down to Buffalo to compete in a warmup tournament for Provincials in April. We look forward to witnessing the continued progress and growth in training as the season winds down for this fun (and a bit whacky) group of young ladies.
Up Next: The 15U Upangas head to Buffalo to compete in the 16U Can-Am on March 21-22.