The MCAC Womens Volleyball season came to an end recently, and the final featured another tight matchup of the #1 ranked U of W Collegiate Wesmen vs the #2 ranked Providence Pilots. These two teams have faced off numerous times in the final over the past 5 years, with each school trading championships. The league championship had some added drama to it this year, as Scott Masterson, the head coach of the Providence Pilots would be coaching his last match on the women's side, before transferring over to coach the men's team next season. With his players invested, and dedicated to achieving greatness one last time, the Pilots took the floor in front of a raucous home crowd, and certainly helped each and every fan get their money's worth. The match saw the U of W Collegiate Wesmen take a 2-0 lead heading into the 3rd, and potentially final set of the season. Over the course of the season, the Pilots adopted the theme of 'determination', and were able to focus that energy into several different areas over the year. LaRae Penner, a former SHOCK 17u and 18u athlete, described that this theme of determination had spread to "everything from being determined to never let the ball hit the floor, being determined to work as a team, being determined to give our best effort all the time, and work hard at each and every single practice". LaRae knew that the possibility of this 3rd set also being her last; as she is set to move on to a new chapter of her life as well, meant that this was the time to put the words down, and speak with actions. Shayna Staerk, MCAC Championship MVP, outlined her efforts in the match, "I think I contributed all that I could to the match. I tried to play my best for the team, and I tried my best to be reliable when the ball was in my hands". Providence College came back to win the 3rd and 4th sets, setting up an exciting 5th set finale. In the end, Providence prevailed to win their first MCAC title since the 2013-2014 season when SHOCK coach Chelsea Needham was leading the Pilots. Another great season for the Pilots, and we would like to wish both Scott and LaRae the best of luck in their next endeavours, and look forward to another exciting MCAC season next year.
The SHOCK 15u team travelled to Brandon last weekend to compete in the 16u Westman tournament, held at Brandon University over Friday and Saturday. Pool play felt very familiar as the girls were in tough against 3 teams who the had previously faced just 2 weeks before in the Fury Open. The girls started off a bit slow, falling behind the Cats in both sets, but found ways to earn points and climb back to take the match 2-0. Fury Blue was up next, and after another sluggish beginning, SHOCK prevailed with another 2-0 win. Saturday saw the Mavericks on the other side of the net, with the same result of a 2-0 win, and 1st place in their pool. Winton 16's were up next in the quarter final match up, as SHOCK cruised to another 2-0 win, and the chance to face a tough opponent in the Royals in the semi final. An excellent match found SHOCK on top again, and moving back to the finals vs Fury Blue again, for the 2nd time over the weekend. There was no shortage of excitement, as both groups wanted a taste of their first tournament championship this season, and with both teams battling hard, the first set came to a close with SHOCK on top 25-20. The 2nd set featured excellent serving, and timely shots from everyone on the floor, and SHOCK ran out to a quick 6-0 lead before Fury came storming back, and brought the match closer with some good serving of their own, and sharp attacks that hit the floor. In the end, SHOCK pushed forward, and the girls were able to dominate in a 25-14 finish, capped off by a service ace from Leia Jaworski. Mia Hildebrandt had a breakout weekend, contributing with 18 kills, 4 service aces, and 4.5 blocks from the middle. Zoe Dyck added 9 service aces, 13 kills and was the best passer on the floor, to help Victoria Duester tally 82 assists on the weekend. Great weekend for the girls, but back to work as the Jr. Bisons tournament is coming up this weekend at the U of M. Come on out Saturday or Sunday this weekend and check out some of the action!
Congratulations to Sydney Booker (2015) was named to the 2015-2016 CanWest Women's Volleyball All-Rookie team as a member of the University of Manitoba Bisons. She was 13th in the conference in assists/set and 12th in total aces with 393. Sydney was most recently a member of the SHOCK 18u group that captured gold at the MVA Provincial Championship and bronze at the Canadian National Championships last May.
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