16U Girls Win Gold in Chatham (Nov 19/11)
The first OVA tournament of the year saw the 16U Tigers Black in Chatham for the 16U Provincial Cup.
The Tigers started against the Chatham Ballhawks Gold team and after a slow start where the girls
allowed Gold to tie the game at 10, the girls then began to serve effectively and went on to win 25-17.
The second game saw the Tigers take an early lead 11-3 and after some difficult time moving past 22
the girls went on to win 25-17. This matched was highlighted by strong play by Nicole and Lauren H.
The next match was against West Lorne and the girls dominated play, winning the match 25-14.
The next match was an even quicker start with the girls taking a 7-0 start behind strong serving
by Hayley and solid play by Laura K. the girls again won 25-14.
First match was against the Forest City Blue team where the girls took quick control of the game behind
strong serving by Paige and a 25-12 win. The next game was tougher as the girls kept fighting led by Emily
Beth the girls went on to a 25-19 victory.
Brantford Tornadoes were next and though the girls struggled to serve they managed to take the first game 25-19.
The next game the girls began by trading points, Lauren K. began to find a groove and took control of the floor,
combined with some beautiful serving by Sara the girls took the match 25-15.
Off to the gold metal game, and the girls were in for a battle against a strong serving Twin Bridges team. After a strong
start the teams traded points back and forth and behind some effective Libero play by Rayna the girls pulled out a
25-21 victory. Twin Bridges was not giving up though and battled the Tigers tough in the second game leading 21-23,
the Tiger rallied back to 23 all. The Tigers learned to finish a game as they took the ball at 24 all and finished the game.
Congratulations Tigers on your gold winning performance.
Humber College Invitational
The Tigers 16U girls started the season in Toronto at the 17U Tournament at Humber College . In the first game the Tigers faced Etobicoke 381 and started strong taking the first game with some effective team play. The girls then dropped the next game and it was an unfortunate sign of things to come. The second match was immediately after that against Toronto West where the girls remained competitive but dropped both games. The girls had a short rest and then it was on to face the Aurora Storm and again dropped both matches. The next game was again a quick turnaround game against STVC where the girls struggled with position and seemed to lack enthusiasm, and dropped both games again. Another short break and the Tigers went on to face DRVC 17U, a better effort still came up short, however the girls appeared to be putting it together.
The Tigers ranked 6th in round robin play then went on to meet the STVC ranked 3rd in the round robin play. The girls began to play with confidence trading points back and forth dropping the first game, the next game the girls really put it together, backed by strong serving by Hayley Colussi the girls dominated net play with Libby Brenneman finding her grove, and you could see confidence building. The girls went on to win the game handily. It was tie breaker time and the girls took the confidence that they had gained in the match and went on to serve strong, and effectively move to win the tie breaker. The next match vs. the Aurora Storm started well but the girls began to look tired and worn down, and dropped both games. It was off to the consolation finals where the girls ended up with a 4th place finish.