Durham Attack Rage Compete in the OVA’s Top Premier Division!!!
Although they entered the Premier East Division as the lowest ranked 14U team, expectations were still set very high for the Rage! The high expectations came from their execution in practices, high level tournament play and the teams steady climb up the OVA rankings!
The “Rage” began the day with a first round match against the 2nd ranked team in the OVA “The Markham Mavericks”. They girls battled the Mavericks tough for every point and although they put forth a commendable effort, the girls were handed a first round loss.
The next match was set up be one of the biggest test of the season as the girls from Durham would face the OVA’s 5th ranked team from Aurora, the Storm Twister. The match would decide 2nd place in the pool and a win would position the “Rage” well for the afternoon playoffs! The Rage were on the “Attack” from the opening serve and played with an intensity high above their competitors. It was this intensity and their will to win that propelled the “Rage” to victory in heart pounding fashion. In the end, the match would be decided by the “Rage” forcing a third set with a 27-25 2nd set win and then dominating the final set 15-8!
Still beaming with confidence from their earlier performances, the afternoon had the “Attack Rage” pitted against the 2016 OVA Provincial Champions “The Aurora Storm Monsoon.” The winner would move on to the medal rounds and the loser would play in a division relegation match!
The 8th ranked “Attack” continued to play with fierce Intensity against the defending champs and it seemed to create a lot of concern on the Aurora bench. Their fantastic play provided the Rage opportunities to take the lead late in both games and a real chance at taking the defending champs down!
Although the girls ultimately lost what would be a heavily contested match to the end, there would be no disappointment in the loss as the girls performance more than exceeded the high expectations placed on them!
Facing the Storm Twister once again in their final relegation match the teams intensity and focus did not did not leave their side……..at least not right away. It was a bit of dejavu with the teams evenly splitting there first two matches and in the third and final set of the day the Rage sprung out to a commanding lead. The lead would grow a one point to 13-7 and what happened next was the only real disappointment of the day.
The Rage gave up 7 unanswered points and ended up losing the set 16-14, which relegated them back to the Championship Division!
It is said what makes a great team is not really about wins versus loses. It is said what makes a great team is constant progression toward a common goal and how a team collectively responds to adversity…..something tells us they will respond ferociously on February 25th.
Next stop Ottawa and a chance at redemption!!!!
Go Rage Go!!!!