Durham Attack Girls 14U Team Energy finished their season with thrilling matches and a record of 6-2 at the 14U Provincials in Waterloo. There were some forgotten shoes and jerseys but the girls remembered everything they learned over the season and battled to the end with powerful serves, amazing digs, and great teamwork.
Day one started off strong when the girls faced ACTS Elites in their first game of the tournament. They dominated the first set, taking it with a score of 25-10. The second set was much closer but the team managed to pull out a win in two sets with a score of 25-22.
Unfortunately, they were defeated by the Guelph Jr. Gryphons Red team in a very close match with scores of 23-25 and 22-25. The girls had to re-group and during their break time they gathered and performed trust exercises to bring them closer together mentally on and off the court. It worked as when they hit the court for their late night 8:50 p.m. game the team was energized and working together to dominate the Scorpions Gold with a two set victory with scores of 25-13 and 25-14 to end the Preliminaries ranked second in their pool.
On the second day, Team Energy exuded confidence when they took to the court. Now making the trust exercises a ritual before each game, the girls stepped up to win all three of their matches against Niagara Rapids Rival (25-20, 20-25, 15-12), Thundercats (25-13, 16-25, 15-6), and Forest City Blue (21-25, 25-19, 15-9). They were close matches but the girls pulled through each time to take the win. It was the perfect birthday for one teammate who celebrated turning 14 at the Provincials with the team coming first in their Power Pool.
Taking a cue from professional sports teams and their superstitions during the playoffs, the girls chose not to wash their jerseys and came to RIM Park for the third day. They were now in Tier 1 and facing the higher seeded team, Markham Revolution REDS. It was another very close matchup but Team Energy lived up to their name in the early morning match and pulled out a win in three sets with scores of 22-25, 25-18, 15-11.
The girls fought hard with long rallies and close games in the Quarter Finals against Milton Edge Platinum but unfortunately were beaten with close scores of 18-25 and 23-25. It was not the end that the team had wanted but making it to the Quarter Finals in Tier 1 of their Division was a great achievement and they should be very proud of how they played at Provincials.
For many of the girls, this was their first year on a club volleyball team. The friendships they made and the skills they developed, both physically and mentally, made it a very successful season!