The stars were aligned for 17U at the Olympic Oval in Calgary for the 2015 Canadian National Championships this weekend.  Facing off against the best teams in the nation, the girls gelled as a team and laid down their best performances of the season!

The team met the Pandas (AB 2), NS 1 and Seaside Surf (BC 4) in Day 1 Pool Play, and although dropping a set to the Pandas, still managed to place first in their pool, insuring a top 16 finish.  Day 2 brought intense competition; with booming hits, crazy digs and powerful serves becoming the norm, the girls rose to the challenge and provided some spectacular matches.  Starting the day playing Force (BC 1), 403 dug deep pushing to 3 sets, falling 15-10 to the strong BC Provincial champs.  Facing the Ducks (BC 2) next, the girls powered through, winning a close match in 3, with a final score of 15-11.  The number 1 ranked Rebels from Manitoba closed the day with yet another 3 game session, resulting in a tight 3 game loss.  A difference of two points sealed the fate of the 17U placing them third on the day sending them into the Tier 2 bracket for playoffs.   With no second chances on playoff day, the girls started their day with a commanding 2-game win over the Forest City VC  (On 7) in the quarter final match propelling them to the final four.  Facing an extremely defensive Markham Revolution team (On3), the team attacked aggressively, placed solid blocks and triumphed 15-11 in game 3 sending them to the Tier 2 Gold medal match against Defensa, also from Ontario.  Falling in 3 games with a final score of 15-13, the girls fought a tough battle and earned a silver medal in Tier 2 and bragging rights of a final ranking of 10th in Canada!  Congratulations ladies on a tremendous tournament; you provided endless hours of enjoyment throughout the year!

Thank you again to the fantastic coaching team for your dedication and guidance; it is greatly appreciated!  A special thank you to Lynn for keeping score every match, to the parents who were finally able to call the lines and to the many parents, fans and family members who cheered tirelessly from the sidelines.  What a year!