16U Red Girls fight hard at Provincials


16U Red Girls fight hard at Provincials

It was a big weekend for the 16U Red girls April 27 – 29 as they returned to RIM Park in Waterloo for the 16U Provincials.

Things got underway Friday afternoon with pool play in Division 2, Tier 1.

Up first, Attack took on Northern Chill from Sudbury. Despite falling behind early in the first set, Attack bounced back to take the game in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17.

Next up in the pool was Hamilton Smash Teal. The Red girls had little trouble in the first set, taking it 25-7. But then they took their foot off the gas in the second set losing 27-29. There 7-8 @ switch lost 15-13.

The final pool game was against Woodstock Wildcats. The Red girls went up 14-0 before losing serve. Woodstock clawed back but DA hung on to win the first set 25-13. The second set was much closer to start. They were tied at 5, but then Attack went on a bit of a run to pull ahead 14-5 and went on to win 25-16.

Saturday saw DA in a tough Power Pool.

Their first opponents were the Toronto team Phoenix. The girls were beaten in straight sets, 18-25, 19-25.

Next were the Raiders from Waterdown. Attack got off to a strong start, taking the first set 25-18. But the momentum shifted and the Raiders too set two 25-22. They kept that momentum up, taking the tie-breaker 15-12 and handing DA their second loss of the day.

The third and final game on Saturday was against Evolution, a team we had faced in two nail-biters earlier in the season. After a strong opening from the Red girls, Evolution closed the gap, but DA won the first set 25-23. The second set saw Attack take the game with a 25-23 win, their first of the day.

The girls were up early Sunday morning for a round of 16 match with the Maverick Wildcards from Ottawa.
And it was worth getting up early for, as DA powered their way to a straight sets win, 25-13, 25-8.

A break of more than four hours followed before Attack faced the Chatham Ballhawks in quarter-final action.
The first set was neck and neck with the two sides trading the lead. They were tied at 18, but then Chatham pulled ahead 22-18. DA rallied back to tie the set at 23 but the Ballhawks got the next two all-important points to win 25-23.

In the second set Chatham led most of the way but DA battled back to tie it at 16 then pulled ahead by six points and hung on to take it 25-21.

In the tie-breaker Chatham was up 8-4 when the teams switched sides. But the Red girls tightened things up and were only trailing 13-12 when they lost their libero in a nasty spill. After a break for treatment, a brave player was brought in as libero, despite never having played the role before. Attack rallied to tie the set at 15, but lost the next two points to bring their tournament to an end.

Attack finished these Provincials with four wins and four losses, and their play and some of the statistics were impressive. While there was an even split in terms of games, the girls actually won ten sets, while only losing six. And they outscored their opponents 361-290. There was a lot to be proud of as the Red girls get ready to head to Edmonton for Nationals in three weeks.

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