The SHOCK 14's rolled into Red River College this weekend on a bit of a high after finding early success the last two weeks in competition both at the 14u and 15u level. SHOCK coaches know that early success is nice, but winning in February isn't the goal of any team, but developing and continuing to grow and strengthen over the course of the season, and winning in April and May is what counts. With this in mind, the girls trained hard this week and rolled into Friday nights matches looking to shake off a rough week of training. SHOCK dropped a tough first game of the tournament vs Dynamo 14's by scores of 25-17 and 25-19, but bounced back to top O'Rage 15's in quick fashion. Saturday morning was a new day, and the girls were looking for a better effort in the 8:30 am match vs Vision. SHOCK went on to win 2-0 and set up a date with Winman 14's in the pre-quarter final. With lots of energy and communication on our side of the net, and a clutch performance from Brooke Cooper who had 7 aces, 3 digs and 2 kills, SHOCK took the match in straight sets 25-16 and 25-11. The quarter final pitted SHOCK against Dynamo 15's, and after a close first set win 25-23, SHOCK ran away with it in the 2nd and won the match 2-0 with an impressive 25-13 effort. Mia Hildebrandt and Leia Jaworksi paced the offence with 5 kills each, a couple of timely blocks by Claire Signatovich and 14 assists and 6 aces from Talia McMurchy helped lead SHOCK into the semis vs Bisons 15's Gold. Facing off against a strong Bisons group, the SHOCK girls looked a little overpowered with tough serving and high execution from their opponents. SHOCK dropped a 2-0 decision and got a chance to challenge Dynamo 14's again in the Bronze medal game. The girls needed no motivation for this match, as they were looking for some redemption from Friday evenings loss. Right out of the gate SHOCK were prepared for the tough serving from Dynamo, and with 2 aces and 2 kills and some great passing from Alexa Kozlowski, along with tough serving again from girls on the floor or off of the bench, SHOCK was able to take the bronze medal match by scores of 25-10 and 25-12. Great bounce back effort for the girls!
Back to training this week and then the SHOCK 14's head off to the University of Manitoba for the annual Jr Bisons tournament, held on Saturday and Sunday at the IGAC. Check back again next week for updates, follow us on twitter @shockvball or visit out website at www.shockvolleyball.net. Have a great week!
SHOCK Volleyball Club