Colts look to ride mo­men­tum into provin­cial play­offs


The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Colts se­nior boys volleyball team will at­tempt to carry the mo­men­tum of two straight tour­na­ment cham­pi­onships back to their home court as they be­gin the provin­cial play­offs this week­end.

The Colts were in York­ton this past week­end where they won 14 straight games to bring home gold.

They opened the tour­na­ment with a win over Cro­cus Plains from Bran­don, MB, fol­lowed by straight sets wins over Este­van, York­ton, and the North Bat­tle­ford Comp.

The Colts de­feated Moose Jaw AE Pea­cock in straight sets in the quar­ter­fi­nal and then knocked out Melville in the semi-fi­nal be­fore de­feat­ing Oxbow in two straight games in the cham­pi­onship match. They trailed 15-3 in the fi­nal and came back to win 26-24.

"That was huge be­cause our team used to strug­gle with stay­ing pos­i­tive and up­beat dur­ing the mid­dle por­tion of each game. That just shows we have what it takes men­tally to come back from any hard­ship we will face from now on," noted head coach Dan An­drie.

The Colts had been in Moose Jaw in their pre­vi­ous tour­na­ment out­ing where they fin­ished first over­all. They placed sec­ond in the round robin with wins over Moose Jaw AE Pea­cock, Este­van, and Moose Jaw Vanier and split sets with Lums­den and Moss­bank.

They de­feated Oxbow in straight sets to open the play­offs, took three sets to down Win­nipeg's Gar­den City in the semi-fi­nal, and then took out Wey­burn in two straight games in the cham­pi­onship match.

The Colts will host the SHSAA 5A South Re­gion tour­na­ment this week­end where seven teams will be vy­ing for three spots at Provin­cials, which will be held the fol­low­ing week­end in Saska­toon.

The Colts will be joined by York­ton Re­gional, Bal­go­nie, Moose Jaw Vanier, Moose Jaw AE Pea­cock, Este­van, and Wey­burn.

The Colts have been placed in a three-team pool with Vanier and Este­van. They will open Satur­day's ac­tion at 12 p.m. against Este­van and then take on Vanier at 2 p.m.

The top three teams in each pool will ad­vance to the play­offs with the quar­ter-fi­nals slated for 3:30 p.m., the semi-fi­nals set for 5 p.m. and the cham­pi­onship match sched­uled for 6:30 p.m.

The Colts ad­vanced to Provin­cials in Wey­burn last sea­son, fin­ish­ing 3-1 in the round robin be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated by Prince Al­bert Carl­ton in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

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