On January 15 the 15U Red girls traveled to Kingston for the Girls Challenge Cup tournament.
First up in pool play were the Ottawa Maverick Trailblazers.
Attack dominated early in the first set, going up 6-0 before their serve was broken. And they rolled on from there taking the first set 25-7. The second set was much closer. The teams were tied at 14. But Ottawa fought back, ultimately taking the second set 25-21. But the momentum swung back in Durham’s direction for the tie-breaker. A 15-8 win was the result.
The second pool game was against Pegasus, the host team from Kingston.A close first set fell in the hosts’ direction, 25-22. But Attack battled back winning the second set 25-14. So once again the girls were off to a tie-breaker. And they looked dominant right out of the gate, going up 9-0. Then, unfortunately, things went flat. Kingston powered back to take the third set 15-11 in a shocker.
Then after a long break for lunch the playoffs began.
After finishing second in their pool, the Red girls headed to the quarterfinals where they faced the tough Ottawa Mavericks Stampede, winners of their pool. The Red girls led the first set from start to finish, taking it 25-19. The second set was another close affair with Durham prevailing 25-21. They took the quarterfinals in straight sets.
Then it was on to the semi finals and a rematch with Pegasus. Attack went down 8-1 right off the bat. But then a hot serving streak brought them within a point at 7-8. From that point there was no looking back as the Red girls went on to take the set 25-13. They powered through the second set 25-19 to advance to the finals.
In the final, Attack faced DRVC. But unfortunately a gold medal wasn’t in the cards that day. DRVC took both sets, 25-15 and 25-17.
But a tough, gritty effort throughout the day paid off with the girls’ first medal of the season, a silver.
Head Coach Carol Hart said:
`We had a good start to the day, but the girls struggled at the end of pool play resulting in a tougher cross over. The girls played well in the cross over but we had our best match of the day in the semi-finals. The final was a solid performance by all the girls but DRVC didn’t let anything drop. Some great individual efforts but more importantly all players displayed success regardless of their role in each set. Looking forward to our next tournaments! We only go up from here….`