The 15U Red girls travelled down the 403 to Hamilton for the two day 16U Hamilton Smash Winter Extravaganza on the Family Day weekend.
Saturday started out with pool play and up first was the White squad from Niagara Rapids. The Red girls went on the attack early and never looked back, taking the first set 25-9. The second set was a much closer affair. At the midway point Attack was up 12-11. But then they gained the monentum and went on to win 25-15.
After a long break they next took on the Barrie Elites Black. It was neck and neck in the early going with the two teams tied at 10. But then Barrie came on strong, ultimately taking the set 25-16. The second set also saw the two squads tied at 10. They were also tied at 18 and again at 23. But then Barrie powered on to win 25-23 and take the game in straight sets.
The girls’ third game of the day was against the top seed in their pool from the Hamilton Smash. But the Attack girls were unable to get the upper hand, losing the two sets 25-19 and 25-20.
The final match of Saturday’s pool play brought the Waterloo Tigers to play. Durham had some great runs of serve to take the first set 25-15 and they continued in form, taking the second set 25-19
That left the Attack girls sitting in 3rd position in their pool of five teams as they headed into Sunday.
Sunday morning started bright and early against Defensa from Burlington. It was neck and neck in the early going.. by the midway point Attack was ahead 15-10. The girls held on to take the first set 25-20. The Red girls kept the momentum to start the second set going up 8-0. But after a timeout Defensa started to dictate the pace of the game and started to climb back, bringing it close. But Attack held on for a 25-21 final.
Then after a 3 1/2 hour break the Red girls faced the talented Dynamo squad from Burlington. Quickly Red fell behind 5-0. They were even down 12-2 before mounting an incredible comeback that ended up with a 25-23 win for the Red girls in one of their grittiest performances of the season. But it wasn’t going to be enough, as Dynamo would take the second set 25-21 setting up a tie-breaker to determine who would play on and who would go home. And Dynamo would prove to be the stronger team that afternoon, taking the tie-breaker 15-9 and sending our girls back to Durham, but with heads held high.
The girls were proud of their performance and also of their Libero Kassy Bourgeois, who was selected by coaches and officials as one of six all-stars at the twenty-team tournament!
Head coach Carol Hart said “the girls showed a lot of depth this weekend. We will key in on the positive, and work through to have those key playing techniques shine. The girls are growing well together. Looking forward to what Provincials will bring.”