Durham Attack Girls 14U Team Energy made the trek to Cornwell for the 15U Bugarski Cup well worth it as they captured Bronze in exciting games on Saturday, March 3. Entering the tournament as the eighth seed and as a younger team, they proved that they have the skills and team chemistry to win.
The morning started off slow as they lost their first game 20-25, 7-25 against the 15U Pumas. With the loss behind them, Energy heated up and beat the 15U Titanium White team in two straight sets with scores of 25-13 and 25-23 to finish pool play in second place.
After a long break and some lunch, the girls’ spirits were high as they went into a warm up before the start of the Quarter Finals. Unfortunately, during the warm up, teammates collided and one endured an ankle injury taking her out for the rest of the tournament. She joined the others on the bench and cheered her teammates on loudly to a tight three set win against the 14U Pumas with scores of 25-27, 25-18, 15-11. It was an exciting match up and brought the team to the Semi-Finals against top seeded Ottawa Maverick Outlaws 14U girls.
The Maverick Outlaws won 20-25, 21-25 but the girls played amazing, raising their skill level and making it a thrilling close game as they battled to the end.
While there was disappointment that they weren’t moving onto the Gold medal round, they were excited to be going for Bronze against the 14U Cornwall Vikings Aesir team. The girls took their places on the court and the Team Energy cheers rocked the gym. A nail biter of a match, the score went back and forth. It was a tense moment in the third set when Team Energy was up to serve for game point. With an Ace served deep into the opponent’s court, 14U Durham Attack Team Energy clinched Bronze.
The benches erupted with excitement as the girls, coaches and parents jumped to their feet, celebrating the sweet victory with scores of 18-25, 25-18 and 15-12.