Durham Attack 16U Girls Black fought their way to a berth in the Division 1, Tier 1 quarterfinals at the 2015 Volleyball Canada National Championships in Calgary. They ended the tournament in a tie for fifth place and with their heads held high.
The 16U girls division at Nationals was the largest of the tournament with 152 teams from across the country competing across five divisions. DA’s goal from the outset was to be competing in Division 1, Tier 1 on the final day of competition.
DA entered the tournament ranked # 5 in Ontario. For day one of competition they drew a tough pool consisting of Halton Hurricanes Black (Ontario # 2), St. Paul Rage (# 6 Alberta) and Tigers VC (Nova Scotia #1). The girls lost their first game against the Hurricanes but bounced back with two decisive wins against the Alberta and Nova Scotia teams; enough for a second place pool finish.
On day two, DA was re-pooled to play against Storm Vortex (Ontario #4), Airborne (British Columbia #3) and Junior Wesmen (Manitoba #2). DA played very well all day, winning their three games in a total of seven sets. They finished a very strong first place in their pool.
With their strong performance during the first two days of competition, the girls earned a place in the Division 1, Tier 1 quarterfinals; a group comprised of the top six ranked teams from Ontario plus the top ranked teams from each of Manitoba and Alberta. DA’s first elimination game was scheduled against the Mississauga Pakmen, their rival from Ontario. Pakmen had entered the competition after having won Division 1, Tier 1 gold medals in both the 16U and 17U age categories in the Ontario Provincial Championships – an impressive accomplishment.
The girls came out strong against Pakmen, securing early three point leads in both sets. However, Pakmen came back and prevailed in both sets with scores of 25-15 and 25-19.
While DA was eliminated in quarterfinal action, the girls took pride in having achieved a place amongst the top eight teams in the country within a very competitive field of 16U teams. They also took solace in having beat Storm Vortex in two sets during pool play – a team that went on to win Division 1, Tier 1 silver!
Congratulation to the athletes and coaching staff of DA 16U Girls Black on an amazing and fun-filled season.