At Niagara College this past weekend the 18U Boys’ Black stepped up their game and demonstrated why they belong among the top teams in the province.
Although the team opened pool play a bit sluggishly, there were some bright spots as they lost their opening match to the eventual gold medal winning LVC Fire team. Next up was Evolution, and the Attack played a much better overall game winning that match in straight sets.
This twelve-team tournament had pre-quarter matches for 8 teams and Attack lined up against the Breakers. Attack was dominant in this one, overpowering the Breakers team in all areas.
The quarter-final match, where a win would guarantee tier one status for the next tournament saw the Attack take on MAC from Hamilton. MAC is a well-coached team with lots of hustle and an overall well-balanced approach. However, the Attack played its best match of the day to that point and looked very strong in defeating MAC in straight sets.
In the semi-final Attack faced the two-time defending provincial champions Aurora Storm. This was a great match. Attack came out flying and swinging, taking the first set 25-17. Set two was much closer with Storm edging it out 25-23. For the tie break it was a well-played set, but unfortunately Storm came out on top 15 – 13. This was definitely a match to remember with lots of heavy hitting and some overall very fine play by both teams.
The bronze match saw a bit of an understandable let-down, although the Attack did rally to push it to three sets, eventually dropping the third 17-19.
This tournament was a really good learning experience with the team moving solidly in the right direction. As the players get more and more comfortable and used to each other’s style of play and, the team further gels they will no doubt be a top contender in any tournament .
Special thanks to Setsuko for all her hard work with the food arrangements, and as always to our coaches; Dwayne and Ryan!