After getting a taste of the winning ways in their first tournament in Manitoba, the SHOCK 14's were back in action this past weekend in Brandon at a two day event hosted by the Westman Volleyball Club. The girls played the first two matches of the tournament on Friday night and came away with two quick wins over a young Cats team, followed by 14u Vision White. Saturday morning saw SHOCK face off against a scrappy Providence team, but ultimately came away with the 2-0 win. The girls would face one of the Cats 14u teams in the 1/4 final and after a rough first set, the girls settled down and came back to win the 2nd and 3rd sets by scores of 25-9 and 15-7. In the semi-final, SHOCK took on Bisons Gold and were in a dog fight after winning the first set 25-18. Bisons came back to take the 2nd set by a score of 25-23, setting up an exciting finish. Bisons took the led 5-1 in the 3rd set, but SHOCK remained calm, and kept clawing away at the lead. Paced by Talia McMurchy's 20 assists, and Leia Jaworski's line of 7 kills, 0 errors on 9 attempts, SHOCK eventually came back all the way and ended up on the right side of an 18-16 victory to have a date with WInman Smash in the final. In the first of what will surely by many meetings this season between the two teams, both groups did not disappoint. Near the midway point of a tight first set, Winman began to pull away and held a 24-16 lead with Alexa Wieczorkiewiec going back to the service line. After rifling off 4 aces and putting Winman into trouble on serve receive, SHOCK pulled back to 24-23 but eventually ended up dropping the set by a score of 25-23. After regaining the momentum at the end of the first set, SHOCK stormed back to win the 2nd set 25-14, and looked to be in control. Winman had other thoughts and raced out to a 5-1 lead in the 3rd, a deficit that SHOCK had already faced in the semi-final. In similar fashion, the girls collected their thoughts, relied on their training and climbed back with great serving from Mabel Currie off the bench, and timely contributions in the by Victoria Duester and Alexa Kozlowski. SHOCK pulled away at the end and came away with a 15-12 victory to win the tournament. An excellent match played by two good teams, congrats to both groups.
The SHOCK 14's are already back in the gym, and have their sights set on the Vision Tournament being held this weekend at Red River College on Feb 27-28. Check back next week for another round up!
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