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Home teams take third place spots

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The SVRSS Senior Tigers Volleyball teams hosted the annual Doug Oberlin Invitational Tournament on Friday (Oct. 6) and Saturday (Oct. 7) with 12 visiting teams taking part, including the SVRSS Junior Girls Volleyball team.
Senior Boys
The boys ended third home tournament run on Saturday in third place following a three set battle against Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute’s (MBCI) junior team.
“The boys had a good first game but some unforced errors saw us losing the first set 25-24,” said Boys’ Head Coach Janelle Smith. “The boys picked up the play in the second and we won 25-16.
“This would mean we would have to play a third set and the boys worked hard and we won 15-9.”
Prior to that, the Tigers took on Thompson’s RD Parker Collegiate (RDPC) in back-to-back games, the second in playoffs for a spot in the championship game and the first in round-robin play.
“In the second game we struggled a bit getting the ball in the court on time and, unfortunately, fell 25-23 in the first set and 25-17 in the second,” said Smith.
“In the first game we split with RDPC.”
To start the four-game day, the Tigers faced MBCIs senior team.
“We had a good start with a 25-23 win,” Smith said. “The boys focused and played every point.
“We had a bit of an injury at the end of that match – nothing serious, just some contact under the net with one of my setters – but they won. I think it rattled the boys a bit and we went down three to four points and could not gain them back by the end of the set. We lost that one by a score of 25-19.”
Finishing a strong start to the tournament, the Tigers faced the Hapnot Kings’ junior team to end the day Friday undefeated.
“The boys would have good games against them and I could play with the rotations,” said Smith. “This is always good when you have a team of 12 to get on the court.
“We won that match 25-4 and 25-10 getting some out our young guys on the floor to get the experience of finishing off a game. They kept focus and played very well.
“Just before that we met MBCIs junior team beating them 25-14 and 25-17,” she continued.
“Again, these were good games to get all the players in and see where everyone would fit into the mix. Playing some younger teams was good to get everyone playing time.”
The weekend for the boys started on Friday at 12:30 when they took on Winnipegosis in the opening game of the tournament.
“The boys had a good start to the day working on the skills we focused on this week in practice,” said Smith. “Our goal was to improve our serving and keep the ball in play.
“They beat Winnipegosis 25-19 and 25-12.”
Overall, Smith noted that the boys had a good tournament.
“Of course you would always love to be in the finals but we had a good weekend with lots of games and lessons to be learned,” she added.
“I was happy with the boys play this weekend. It is nice to see the teamwork and hard work they put in each and every week pay off.”
Today (Oct. 10) the boys headed to Dauphin for an exhibition game, playing their senior team with some of the younger guys going up against their junior team to get some more court time and experience.
Senior Girls
Placing the same as the boys after all was said and done, the SVRSS Senior Girls ended with a third place standing.
The team faced the Hapnot Kweens in the final game on Saturday, coming out with a win after three sets.
“Scores were a 25-23 loss, 25-15 win, and 15-9 win,” said Girls’ Head Coach Alyssa Pitura.
“It was great to see the girls come back from a tough loss to defeat Hapnot and take home third place overall in the tournament.”
Prior, the girls had faced RDPC for a shot at the finals game, coming up short.
“We did a lot to prepare for our semi-final game against Thompson, and did battle, but ultimately just came up a little short,”said Pitura of the 22-25 loss, 25-13 win and 15-9 loss.
“Momentum can swing just like that and, unfortunately for us, Thompson's best server went on a bit of a run on us and the third set got away.”
The team played three round-robin games on Friday and Saturday morning, putting them second overall in their pool going into playoffs,
In Game 3 against Hapnot’s junior team we won both sets with scores of 25-19 and 25-21,” said Pitura. “We also won both sets, with scores of 25-19 and 25-22, against MBCI in Game 2.
“And, we split with Gilbert Plains during Game 1 with a 25-24 win in the first set and a 25-18 loss in the second set.
“Every tournament so far we've learned from and improved in the next one, so we're continuing to take steps in the right direction,” Pitura concluded.
The girls also travelled to Dauphin today for exhibition games. Their next tournament will take place in Sanford this weekend.
Junior Girls
See next week’s Star and Times for a look at the Junior Girls team and how their season has been progressing.