Regina, SK - After a thrilling win at Provincials in Brandon, SHOCK had 2 weeks of training before entering the final competition of the season at the National Championships in Regina, SK. The girls were confident that game plan for the season was effective, and that they were on the right path to performing on the big stage. Day 1 saw SHOCK face off against 2 opponents from SK, and one from AB, with the girls coming out on top 3-0 in pool play. Day 2 welcomed more stiff competition, with the provincial champs from SK on deck first, followed by another SK team and BC 3 on Day 2. With 2 wins in the bank after the first two matches, SHOCK faced off against Thunder from BC, and were faced with their first real test of the tournament. Some poor serving from SHOCK was helped out by a team effort with a combined 27 kills, 3 errors on 42 attempts. The captain Alexa Wieczorkiewicz earned her pay on Day 2, and particularly in the match to determine first place with 8 kills on 11 attempts, while Zoe Dyck matched her efforts with 8 kills of her own to go with 2 aces and 7 digs. A strong offensive performance was definitely needed to move into quarters on Day 3. Up next was the Ducks from Coquitlam, BC. A very talented program with a strong reputation for developing good teams out of the west; SHOCK has their work cut out for them. After a first set win with 6 aces and 10 kills, SHOCK cruised to a 25-16 victory in set 1. The Ducks would no go away easily though, storming back to put SHOCK on their heels with a 25-7 set victory of their own. The girls would not be denied a chance to play for a medal though, and came out strong in the 3rd set with a 15-8 victory. The team was lead this time by Leia Jaworski with 9 kills and 4 aces.
A rematch of the provincial final saw a different fate for SHOCK this time, dropping 2 sets to a Bison team that was rolling on all cylinders on Championship day. After stepping back from our first loss in a while, the girls were able to regroup and pick themselves up against Seaside Surf, the defending national champions. In regular fashion, SHOCK started with some good serving, but were countered with some offensive work at the net by Seaside to keep it a tight match. Powered by 12 kills off of some good passing in the first set, and a thunderous kill down the line by the captain, SHOCK took the win with a 25-19 score. Switching sides did little to change the tide of the match, as the SHOCK girls were determined to earn their first Division 1, Tier 1 medal. Seaside put up a good fight, but in the end, SHOCK would take the bronze.
For some more information on the team and their run, please visit here. Congratulations to the girls for all of their hard work and dedication to the TEAM this season. Keep an eye out for a wrap-up post, and have a great summer everyone! Details to follow on a summer SHOCK camp...
Big congratulations goes out to Captain Alexa Wieczorkiewicz for earning tournament All-Star recognition at Nationals this season. She has developed into an amazing leader of this group, and can lead by example, or with some encouraging words. Your contribution to this program and this team has been invaluable Alexa. Keep it going!
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