This past weekend, the SHOCK 14's entered into the 15u Jr Bisons tournament in another weekend of competition designed to challenge the girls and to learn a few things from the older group. The girls were placed in a tough pool featuring a talented Selkirk and Kryptonite group, and finishing up against a Lakers team from Kenora, ON. SHOCK got exactly what they wanted in some stiff competition from two of the top groups at the 15u age group, dropping their first match against the Royals 2-0, after some sloppy play offensively and some struggles from the service line. Even with all of the unforced errors, SHOCK was competitive but eventually bowed out by scores of 25-16 and 25-19. Squaring off against Krpytonite, neither group wanted to give anything up for free, and saw the rewards for some commitment to establishing a solid block/defense relationship. Claire Signatovich finished the match with 5.5 blocks, leading the way and forcing the Kryptonite attackers to vary their offense with some creative shots, only to be met with consistent defensive positioning by the young SHOCK group. Despite a couple of sets that saw SHOCK get their feet wet and start to a feel a little more comfortable competing against the older age group, Kryptonite walked away with a 2-0 win. Next up, SHOCK faced off against the Lakers and cruised to a 2-0 win. This set up a pre-quarter final match up vs. the Royals 14u group on Sunday at noon. With a date in the quarter finals with the 15 Bisons Gold team on the line, SHOCK was able to overcome a shaky start to the match, going down 5-0 out of the gate. After a quick breather, the girls were refocused and climbed back to make the match 10-7 in favor of the Royals when Mia Hildebrandt went back to the service line and ratted off 10 straight serves, with 3 aces to help SHOCK take command with an 18-11 lead. Some good serving from the Royals helped them close the gap slowly, but the set finished with SHOCK on top. A slow start by SHOCK in the 2nd was aided by some unforced errors on the other side of the net, and the girls worked their way through the 2nd frame, coming out on top by a score of 25-20. Next up saw the Bisons 15u Gold team as the opponent for the second time in as many weeks in playoffs. The girls struggled the week before to compete, but had other plans this time around, and were more focused on their side of the net, as opposed to the other. The coaches stressed the importance of strong defensive position and tough serving, and the girls fought hard, but eventually dropped the match in straight sets.
Back to work this week for another 3 training sessions, and some time to refocus has the girls excited for the 14u Vision Open being held at Red River College this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Come on out to support the girls in their quest for another strong performance this weekend! Recap to follow.
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