Fox Val­ley win eighth pro­vin­cial ti­tle in nine years

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The Fox Val­ley Leg­ends boy’s volleyball team’s dom­i­nance con­tin­ued when they won their eighth pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship in nine sea­sons at 2A provin­cials in Par­adise Hill on Satur­day.

The Leg­ends, coached by Dar­ren Lehmann, were un­de­feated in six matches at provin­cials, in­clud­ing a three-game victory over the host Par­adise Hill squad (2521, 18-25, 25-21) to claim yet an­other pro­vin­cial ban­ner.

The Leg­ends ad­vanced to the fi­nals with a win over David­son (25-20, 27-25) in the semi-fi­nals af­ter earn­ing a bye through the quar­ter-fi­nals with a per­fect 4-0 record in the round robin.

The Leg­ends opened the round robin Fri­day with a pair of dom­i­nat­ing wins over Leoville (25-14, 25-15) and Ar­cola (25-13, 25-7). Satur­day the Leg­ends downed St. Louis (25-21, 25-8) and Good­soil (25-19, 24-26, 2517).

Grade 12 mid­dle hit­ter Stephen Korol won his sec­ond pro­vin­cial ti­tle to go along with a sil­ver medal in 2007.

“This one was very nerver­ack­ing,” said Korol. “We ac­tu­ally had kind of a tough time winning this one. We took them to three sets and they beat us pretty bad in the sec­ond set so it wasn’t too sure that we were go­ing to win. But we came out pretty strong in the third set and beat them by quite a few points.”

“In volleyball with our coach that is our all-time goal is to win provin­cials at the end of the year. That is what we go for ev­ery sea­son at the end of the year on this team. We had a pretty good year, we didn’t lose too many games and we were pretty sure that we were go­ing to win provin­cials again this year,” said Korol who hopes to con­tinue play­ing next sea­son at the post-secondary level yet but has not com­mit­ted any­where yet.

Power hit­ter Dy­lan Koch also cap­tured his sec­ond pro­vin­cial ti­tle.

“This year was a lit­tle bit more in­tense, last year we were a lit­tle bit more con­fi­dent that we were go­ing to win. But this year we thought we might have a lit­tle bit of a weaker team but all around it was good still I think,” he said.

Play­ing Par­adise Hill in their home gym was no easy task he ex­plained.

“It was their home barn and they have played there a lot so it was kind of in­tim­i­dat­ing I guess. But you just have to kind of zone that stuff out and play your game.”

The Leg­ends achieved their goal of winning provin­cials de­spite be­ing la­beled as the ‘fa­vorite’ through­out the sea­son.

“We talked about it in prac­tice that this is what we are work­ing to­wards is go­ing to provin­cials and get­ting the gold. We went to 5A tour­na­ments that helped us along through­out the sea­son so that when we got to provin­cials we would know what to ex­pect,” said Koch, who is widely re­garded as one of the prov­ince’s top play­ers who also hopes to con­tinue his volleyball ca­reer at the post­sec­ondary level next sea­son.

At 1A provin­cials in Ogema a pair of south­west teams missed out on the play­offs.

Kin­caid fin­ished in a three-way tie for sec­ond but missed the play­offs in fourth spot with a 2-2 record af­ter the tie-break­ing pro­ce­dure.

Kin­caid suf­fered losses to Avon­lea (23-25, 17-25) and Borden (18-25, 25-18, 23-25) on Fri­day. But they re­bounded Satur­day with wins over Ogema (25-22, 25-6) and En­gle­feld (28-26, 22-25, 25-23) only to miss the play­offs.

Pon­teix opened play Fri­day with losses to An­na­heim (12-25, 17-25) and Al­lan (1425, 14-25). Satur­day they re­mained win­less with straight set losses to Moss­bank (8-25, 9-25) and Belle­vue (12-25, 13-25).

At 3A provin­cials in Ile-ala-Crose, Leader fin­ished 0-4 and out of the play­offs.

Leader opened play Fri­day with a three-set loss to Wadena (25-21, 13-25, 1925) de­spite tak­ing the first set. Next Leader fell to Wolse­ley (7-25, 9-25) to re­main win­less on day one. Satur­day they fell in straight sets to Wald­heim (9-25, 12-25) and Lan­gen­burg (16-25, 12-25).

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