The Attack 15U Red girls were in Waterloo the weekend of April 7-9 for the 16U Provincials.
First up in the first day of pool play was a squad from Ottawa Valley. Despite a brief bit of shakiness at the start of each set, Attack pulled it together to win comfortably, 25-14, 25-14.
Up next was KVC U16 Scorpions, ranked 2nd in our division.
Things were neck and neck for most of the first set but then KVC pulled up 21-18 before a Durham time-out. The girls came back on the court to claw their way back to a 24-21 lead and hung on to take the first set 25-23.
KVC came on strong in the second set, with the Red girls down 11-5 at one point. Attack worked their way back to within one point at 14-15, but ultimately KVC prevailed 25-20 to set up a tie-breaker.
In the third set, Attack powered off to a 5-0 start and went on to beat the Kingston squad 15-5.
The third game of Friday’s pool play saw the Attack girls up against Leaside’s U15 team.
Unfortunately Leaside took both sets 25-18 and 25-20 to hand the Red girls their first loss of the day.
Straight away the girls faced the U16 Georgian Cubs White. At the end of a long day, both teams were tired, but ultimately Attack was able to pour on more energy taking the two sets 25-21 and 25-16.
Pool play continued on Saturday with Durham facing Evolution U16. The Red girls took the first set 25-16 but then lost the second in a heart-breaker, falling 25-23. Things were tight at the start of the tie-breaker, but Attack eventually pulled out to win 15-8.
Then after a long break it was time for the last game of pool play against Twin Bridges Thunder, who like the Red girls had only lost one of the 5 previous games they’d played. Second place in the pool was on the line.
The first set was a thriller, with the Attack girls eventually out-powering Thunder 25-21. The Sarnia squad took the second in a nail-biter 26-24 setting up a third and deciding set.
As with the other sets, the teams kept things very close but Attack took the tie-breaker 15-12 to finish pool play with five wins and only a single loss.
Hopes were high Sunday morning as Attack entered the round of 16 with a game against the U16 Chatham Ballhawks. The girls picked right up where they’d left off the night before, taking the opening set in impressive fashion 25-15. In the second set it was a different story with Chatham leading from start to finish and winning 25-20. In the tie-breaker Attack got off to a strong start, being up 8-3 at one point. But things didn’t go so well after the midway point and Chatham powered past Red to take it 15-9 and end the run for the Attack girls.
It was a disappointing end to a strong showing, but it set the girls up well for the U15 provincials at the end of the month.
After the tournament, Coach Gord Baxter said “The girls played some of their best volleyball of the year over the weekend. They are to be commended for their heart and effort.”