You can’t keep a good team down! Overcoming heart ache and grief, the U18’s journeyed to Edmonton on the weekend to participate in Va#3. Laying down their best performance of the year thus far, the girls posted a flawless record of 7-0 taking gold and reclaimed their place in Division I heading into Provincials.

Saturday pool play began against an unknown Fort Mac Thunder 18 team and after shaking off some early morning jitters; the girls earned their first win of the tournament 2-0. Team 403 faced off against a new look SAS 18 and after coming out victorious 17-15 in a third set thriller, refocused their attention for the toughest opponent of the round robin, the SPVC 18 Wolves. Expecting another intense matchup, the girls came out swinging, pounding through a big block and building their own wall against the SPVC powerful hitters. Outstanding defensive play and tough serving ensured a very entertaining, although stressful match and with another 2-0 win secured 403 a first place finish in their pool.

With a change of venue, the girls completed their last match of the day in the cross over against PVC 18, coming out on top, and keeping the quest for a medal in their sights.

With eyes on reclaiming a Division I position, the U18’s began the quarterfinals squaring off against Thunder VC 18 from Edmonton. Taking 3 games to pull out a 2-1 win, the girls headed directly into the semi-final to once again clash with the SPVC Wolves. Booming hits and huge blocks, solid serving and phenomenal digs once again allowed 18U to post a win sending them to the gold medal match against their 17 U 403 training mates. With bragging rights, a gold medal and a desire to honor a team mate on their minds, 18 U left it all on the court, edging out their junior rival, catapulting them back to Division I. Girls, we are so proud of your strength of character, your unity as a team and the heart you all showed this weekend, congratulations on a well deserved win!

Once again a huge thank you to the coaches for investing their time, to the supportive fans and to the parent volunteers who diligently kept score during the tournament. Looking forward to Provincials!