Colts settle for silver after three gold medal performances
Two points was the difference between the Swift Current Colts senior volleyball team and a fourth consecutive gold medal performance in high school volleyball competition.
In the championship final the Colts dropped a 26-24, 19-25, 13-15 match to Brooks while earning the tournament silver medal. In the deciding game the Colts were down by a 2-8 margin before a spirited rally with great volleyball on both the offensive and defensive side of the court allowed them to earn a 12-10 advantage. After a timeout by Brooks the Colts missed a serve and quickly found themselves down by a 13-14 margin. Then, with one shanked pass, the Colts golden streak ended.
Despite their streak ending, the Colts were happy with their tournament finish. Starting setter Dallin Martin had a stomach flu and was unable to play during a pair of round robin games, where the Colts stumbled to a fourth place finish in their pool.
Chad Schultz had an awesome weekend in the middle, and he is blossoming into one of the Colts best players on the floor. Curtis Dyck and Dallin keyed the offensive side of their attack.
In semi-final play the Colts avenged a round robin loss by defeating Dunmore Eagle Butte by a 25-20, 25-19 count. In Swift Current’s final round robin game Dunmore earned an upset 21-25, 23-25 win.
Swift Current turned in their best performance to start the playoffs, knocking off host Medicine Hat High in thrilling fashion 27-25, 25-27, 15-12. The hosts were among the favourites to win their home tournament, but Dyck was the Colts go to attacker and produced a series of key points.
During round robin action the Colts opened with a win over Medicine Hat Junior Varsity (25-11, 25-11) and a split with McGrath (25-14, 21-25), before falling to Medicine Hat’s Crescent Heights High School (17-25, 21-25) and Dunmore Eagle Butte.