It’s never easy to play up an age group in volleyball, but the Durham Attack 15U Black girls were ready for the challenge. The mission was to build on the great strides the team made at the first tournament and hopefully do well in the Provincial Cup Girls 16U tourney in Cornwall. DA 15U Black struggled early in the round robin. Even with timely serves and great defense, they lost two straight against Maverick. In the next games things looked promising as they won the first set with Pegasus, but ended up giving up the next two. After a quick lunch it was on to the crossovers. Facing Evolution, the girls quickly shook off their defeats from earlier games and took control quickly. Winning the first set handily 25-14. The lack of an extended break was evident, as the girls looked a bit tired and were down 20-12 in the second set. But the girls dug deep (pun intended) and battled back to win a heart pounding game 28-26.
Teams understand that winning in the crossovers usually means you face a team better than the last. Next on deck was a rematch against Maverick. The winner would move on to the gold medal game. Thinking it would be an easy defeat, Maverick let their guard down as the girls took it to them but ultimately fell 25-23 in the first set. Dropping the second set 25-20, didn’t provide the girls with the result they wanted but they showed poise, skill and determination. Understanding what needed to be done if they wanted to medal, they were ready for the next challenge. The bronze medal game against Ottawa Fusion brought the team mixed emotions as the won the first set 25-18 then dropping the second to almost the same score 25-19. Having to shorten the bench with an injury, the coaches had the girls bare down in the 3rd set. With timely substitutions the teams traded serves and hits with our girls battling to a thrilling 15-11 victory to capture the bronze medal in a 16U tournament. Well done!