Brandon, MB - Heading into the 2016 Provincial Championships held at Brandon University, SHOCK was ranked #2, and had something to prove. They started strong, and rolled through pool play on day 1 with wins over Parkland, Vision and Winman Lightning. Alexa Wieczorkiewicz and Maren Garcia paced the offence with 11 kills each, with Leia Jaworski and Alexa Kozlowski following their efforts up with 10 kills of their own. Maren also chipped in with 13 aces from the line to combine for 24 points on the day. Day 2 saw SHOCK face off against Fury in the pre-quarter final match, who were fresh off a win earlier in the morning. The first set started with lots of energy, before Leia Jaworski took over from the service line and offensively with 3 aces and 6 kills in the first set. SHOCK cruised into the quarter final with scores of 25-12 and 25-8. The Royals always pose a threat, and started the match as expected with some good serving and timely kills. SHOCK responded to the challenge and passed very well to push into the semi finals against a familiar opponent in Dynamo Red. The next match would prove to be one of the most exciting and intense matches at the 15u level this year. SHOCK started strong, with a consistent lead through the first frame, until Dynamo stormed back to push the set to extras, only to see SHOCK take the lead with a 26-24 set win. The second set was a different story as Dynamo battled back and took a 25-12 set win. SHOCK went down 5-0 to begin the 3rd, but with composure, the team fought back to be up 8-7 at the turn and continued to trade point for point with Dynamo into extras. Dynamo had 3 match points after 15, but SHOCK never broke, and came out on top of a 19-17 win with the final kill from Maren Garcia. Zoe Dyck led the offence with 11 kills, and timely digs to ensure a trip to the final. What a match! The final featured the unbeaten Bisons Gold team, who had gotten the better of SHOCK twice already this season, and were looking to go for a perfect 3-0 record this year against the black and orange. The first set saw Bisons completely control the tempo of the match, and easily cruising to a 25-10 win. Coming off the bench, Emily Barnowich got a huge block near the end of the first set, perhaps injecting some life into SHOCK before switching sides. After shaking the jitters out, SHOCK came back strong in the 2nd, following the gameplay, and owning the pace themselves, coming out with a 25-20 win, forcing a 3rd set. The 3rd set was also controlled by the black and orange, with a relentless and talented Bisons group coming back to close the gap before Leia Jaworski scored down the line to seal the victory by a score of 15-12. The support from friends and family in the gym was certainly felt on the floor, and propelled the girls to play a very good match to finish the Manitoba season. Zoe Dyck once again led the offence with invaluable kills in the 3rd set, finishing with 8 kills, and excellent passing against a tough serving team. Named to the All-Star team were Maren Garcia, Mia Hildebrandt and MVP Zoe Dyck. Congrats to the girls as EVERY member of the team made big contributions over the course of the weekend to ensure the gold.
The girls will have 2 weeks of training before heading off to Regina to compete in the 15u Western National Championships from May 21-23 at The Evraz Centre. Best of luck to all teams traveling to compete this year!
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