14UG Voltage – Proud Showing at Provincials


14UG Voltage – Proud Showing at Provincials

For some, it was a return to the familiar courts of RIM Park while for others, their first real experience at a large facility full of numerous volleyball courts and a plethora of athletes and officials alike. Regardless athletes, coaches and supporters alike were anxiously looking forward to a fantastic experience!!
To kick start their 2015 Provincial journey, the Voltage team faced the Brant Tigers team. While some nerves were apparent our athletes dug into game one with enthusiasm. Serving runs, quick tips and strategic blocks worked in the girls’ favour. There was tight net play and several points traded equally back and forth before the Voltage surged ahead. An official rotation delay at 19-16 proved somewhat distracting however, the girls dug deep and won their first game at 25-20. Game two proved equally competitive with both teams playing extremely long rallies with continuous three hit streaks on both sides of the net. This spectator nail biter was lost at the net and the Voltage suffered their first loss at 23-25. Brushed off and newly motivated, the athletes once again took to the courts for game three. With renewed purpose and an appetite to keep this game one sided, the girls made amazing digs and consistent serves and their efforts were rewarded with a 15-8 win.
Next up were our challengers the Northern Chill team. The first game saw the six players take the court with determination and drive. The girls quickly gained a 14-9 lead causing their opponents to call their first time out. The Voltages’ effective shot placement and team communication proved to be the difference as they came away with a 25-17 win. The next game saw a dip in the cohesiveness of the team and they lost some of their rhythm with wonky passes and sets. Unfortunately they were unable to recover and dropped this game 16-25. A quick break was met with renewed words from their coaches, and the focussed and strong-minded team went back to court 17. These athletes showed all spectators that they had come to play hard and their skills and determination resulted in a game three win at 15-9.
The final Friday game saw the Voltage facing the Great Whites. It had been a long break in between matches for the athletes as they came back to court 17 to warm up. The first game started sluggishly and the errors seemed to be on the DA side of the court. A loss of 18-25 in game one was a bit disappointing for the athletes but they were able to channel their inner Taylor Swift and “Shake it Off”. Game two saw them tackle each rally with the grit we had seen earlier in the day. Several great passes contributed to this 25-13 win. Another game three…..hard on our tired athletes but equally tense for the “cheerleaders” in the stands! A tense and high pressure presence filled the gym as several tight net points were traded back and forth. In the end, this was Voltages’ only match loss of the day as they fell 11-15 in the final game of day one.
After a restful evening Saturday began with a match against the Barrie Georgian Cubs in gym 18. All athletes put forth their best efforts and were rewarded with 25-22 and 25-19 victories. Next up were the Ottawa Mavericks and while the Voltage lost the first game they bounced back to win game two and force a third game. This was a tightly played match which unfortunately was won by the Voltage opponents. Their final evening game saw the Team face the familiar Markham Stingers. The first game was done in short fashion with a 25-09 win. Game two however, proved to be more challenging as the Stingers dug hard for each point. The Voltage ladies were determined to fight their way back and were victorious with a 25-20 win.
Sunday morning’s first game was against the Barrie Elites. Nerves were present on the court but each team member knew this was a sudden death format. The girls took to the floor in a blaze and won back to back games with scores of 25-19 and 25-17. With a four hour wait in front of them saw the girls able to relax, eat some food and watch some of the other fabulous matches that were being played by other DA teams. It was a fantastic opportunity to the Voltage to cheer on their fellow club teams. Finally game two of the day was on as they girls faced the Forest City Pine team from London. This was a close match and both Teams were focussed and determined. The Voltage team made some amazing digs and hits throughout both games and were victorious with 25-20 and 25-21 wins. Whew! Their fans and cheering squad alike were beginning to get hoarse from all the encouragement. With no time to breath, the Voltage team were onto their next game vs. DRVC. The fatigue of the tournament was beginning to show as the Team began game one and made too many mistakes and suffered their first loss of the day at 18-25. Game two saw a re-energized team hit the court and while it was close, the Team forced game three with a 25-22 win. A very focussed DRVC squad came onto the court for the third game and all too easily the Voltage fell 05-15. While not in the gold medal match, the girls should be very proud that their hard work saw them reach the bronze medal match vs. the Vision from North Bay. Again, a very streamlined and focussed Vision team challenged the girls across the net with many tips and deep hits. It was a close game however the Voltage team lost game one 21-25. Never ones to give up, game two saw an extremely dedicated and determined team hit the court. With many spectators watching game two began and each side played great volleyball with successful three hit rallies. Too long for some however, the cheers worked for the Voltage who won the game at 25-22 and forced a game three. What a way to finish this Provincial tournament. The tension was palatable in the gym as all other courts were now empty and the echoes of encouragement bounced off the walls and back onto the courts. The teams traded points equally for most of this third game. With the bronze medal on the line, our Voltage athletes were giving it their all, leaving nothing in their reserves. While their dream for a medal was diminished by a 10-15 loss, the Voltage athletes held their heads high!!!
An amazing experience for everyone involved and each athlete took with them a lifetime of memories! All of your parents, siblings, supporters and friends are very proud of you for a fantastic Provincial tournament.

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