The Attack Red 16U girls were in Waterloo April 13 – 15 for 17U Provincials.
The weekend started with pool play on Friday. After losing in straight sets to Hamilton Smash Purple first thing Friday morning the Attack girls won their next two games. It took three sets for DA to battle out a win against Etobicoke Titans Promethius. Then in the afternoon they won their second game, taking South County Bandits in straight sets.
The Red girls were one of three teams who tied for first place in their pool, but after tie-breaking rules were applied, they ended up in third spot.
The Attack girls and their families braved a horrible ice storm to get safely back to RIM Park for Saturday afternoon and the power pools.
Up first in this pool was a powerful Predators squad who had little trouble taking the game in straight sets.
Then the second game saw the Red girls take on the Twin Bridges from Sarnia. This team had a distinct height advantage and used it to power to a straight sets victory over DA.
The third opponents on Saturday were Titans Integrated, from Scarborough. Attack led most of the way in the first set but lost 29-27 in a heartbreaker. They also lost a hard fought 2nd set 25-22.
With no wins on day two, Attack finished fourth in their pool and moved down a tier before playoffs on Sunday.
Despite an ice storm continuing to blow through the region, the DA parents got their girls to RIM Park in time for an early playoff game against Ottawa Phoenix.
The girls fought hard and took the game in straight sets. They were off to the quarterfinals… or would be after a four hour break!
In the quarterfinal they took on the 17U Hamilton Smash Teal squad. The Red girls trailed from the start but rallied to tie things up at 15. DA then pulled ahead 22-15. Hamilton pushed back but the Red girls hung on to win 25-20.
The second set was neck and neck until Smash pulled ahead 11-8. Attack came back to tie it at 13 and it was neck and neck through 18-18. But then Hamilton pulled ahead 20-18 and went on to win 25-22, setting up a third and deciding set.
Smash pulled ahead early in the tie-breaker and never looked back, taking it 15-10 and ending the tournament for the Attack girls.
But there was a lot to celebrate in this weekend. The team was down in numbers and at key positions because of injuries and illness, but they re-grouped, re-organized and never looked for excuses as they gutted their way to the quarterfinals. It was a great preview of what the girls are capable of and of what could well be seen at 16U Provincials in two weeks.