Saugeen roy­als - pro­vin­cial vol­ley­ball con­so­la­tion champs

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The Saugeen Dis­trict Roy­als Se­nior Boys vol­ley­ball team earned the AA con­so­la­tion­bracket cham­pi­onship, down­ing Leam­ing­ton in three sets at the OFSAA (Ontario Sec­ondary School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion) tour­na­ment in Brockville Nov. 24-25.

In round-robin play at the pro­vin­cial sec­ondary school cham­pi­onships, Saugeen beat Leam­ing­ton in straight sets, but in the con­so­la­tion cham­pi­onship game they fell be­hind early against two re­ally strong hit­ters, ac­cord­ing to Roy­als’ coach Tim Smith who said two Leam­ing­ton stars got shots through even when Saugeen tried to throw up a wall of block­ers.

“They man­aged the find a way through our guys, but, we stuck to our game plan and it paid off,” Smith said in a post-game in­ter­view.“

In the con­so­la­tion fi­nal, the Roy­als won the last three sets 25-18, 25-19 and 25-16 af­ter a first set loss of 21-25.

To get to the Nov. 24 con­so­la­tion semi­fi­nals, the Roy­als E-MAIL: so.mcin­tee@bmts.com WEB SITE: www.mcin­tee.ca “2 Of­fices in Saugeen Shores to serve you bet­ter” LIST­ING NEW downed Burling­ton’s Cor­pus Christi three sets-to-one in the con­so­la­tion quar­ter­fi­nals.

The Roy­als were one set away from the cham­pi­onship bracket, fin­ish­ing Pool B round-robin play with two wins and two losses.

Their best chance came against even­tual sec­ond-place fin­isher, Ot­tawa’s Franco West, in the very first game of the tour­na­ment. The Roy­als lost in the third and fi­nal set, 15-8.

“If we would have been able to cap­ture that win, we would have won two straight and been sit­ting pretty,” said Smith. “But then we went to the third game and fell right be­hind from the get go. We stum­bled out of the blocks, and by the time we re­cov­ered and got our own at­tack in ac­tion it was a lit­tle too late.”

Saugeen picked up vic­to­ries against Leam­ing­ton and Adam Scott in the round-robin be­fore fall­ing to un­de­feated Eden in straight sets.

Smith said the Roy­als com­pleted their “roller coaster” 4-5 sea­son on an up-swing. Af­ter not qual­i­fy­ing for the Blue­wa­ter Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion play­offs, Saugeen went un­de­feated at CWOSAA to qual­ify for OFSAA. There, they re­bounded from a some­what dis­ap­point­ing 2-2 round-robin record, and rel­e­ga­tion, ad­vanc­ing Like us on

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Smith and the team stayed to watch some of the cham­pi­onship fi­nals and take in the ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter their win.

“It was good to watch the level of vol­ley­ball, to see it and get used to the pres­sure, the player in­tro­duc­tions and ev­ery­thing that goes on at OFSAA,” he said, ex­pect­ing five starters on the con­so­la­tion cham­pi­onship team to re­turn, hope­fully lead­ing to a fourth ap­pear­ance for the Roy­als at the provin­cials. cham­pi­onship. , Smith hopes fourth con­sec­u­tive re­turn to OFSAA in 2018 isn’t out of the ques­tion.

“I don’t know if it’s called a dy­nasty now, but we feel good about it,” Smith said.

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