There was some deja vu and something new during the Super Volley semifinals at Vanier Catholic Secondary School on Thursday.
In a repeat of last week, the Vanier Crusaders senior girls almost dropped a two-set lead but held on for the win in a five-set match against the F.H. Collins Warriors.
In the senior boys semi, the Porter Creek Rams logged their first Super Volley win of the season, downing the Crusaders 25-14, 25-20, 25-19.
The Rams were looking like a brand new team right from the get-go. They came out with some very aggressive play and were raking in the kills against the defending Yukon champs.
Leading the charge was Rams power Tanner Borsa, who was named his team’s Player of the Game.
“We had a lot of good defence on our side, we picked up a couple guys and we just put our play together – set the ball, hit the ball well, cleaned up on mistakes on our side and ended up getting the ‘W’” said Borsa.
Not only were the Rams winless in Super Volley heading into the semi, they lost in straight sets to both the Crusaders and Warriors in their previous matches.
With the win the Rams will play the Warriors in Friday’s final. The Warriors are undefeated in Super Volley and captured the Dawson Invitational title last month.
“We definitely have to continue this play,” said Borsa. “F.H. (Collins) is a high quality team and we’re just going to have to play some good defence and string together our plays, like we did today.”
Vanier senior girls advanced to the final with 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 22-25, 15-13 over the Warriors.
“We were so excited and so ready to play,” said Crusaders co-captain and Player of the Game Sydney Young. “We wanted to win.”
The Warriors, who went winless in Super Volley this season, have now lost in five sets to the Crusaders three out of four times this season. Tied 13-13 in the fifth, a missed Warrior serve gave the Crusaders match point before Vanier’s Brittany Au served up an ace to win it.
“Brittany did really good stepping up and being setter and Chanel (Newell) did really good getting thrown around in different positions,” said Young. “I think we all did really good.”
Serves were a big part of the Crusaders win. Vanier’s Chloe Turner-Davis put in six consecutive unreturned serves to take a 21-15 lead in the second set.
“We definitely need to work on serve-receive,” said Warriors captain Quynh Nguyen. “I think that’s the biggest weakness of our team right now.
“I feel we swing really well, we communicate really well, we work well as a team, it’s just the minor mistakes that cause us to lose.”
Crusaders will now play the Porter Creek Rams – a team that is undefeated in Super Volley, won the Dawson Invitational and is the defending Yukon champs – tonight in the Super Volley final. The Rams defeated the Crusaders in the final of the Dawson Invitational three weeks ago.
“We need to keep it together, keep our nerves under check and just try our best, come together as a team and work together,” said Young.
The Super Volley final will take place tonight at Vanier Catholic Secondary. The senior girls final begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the senior boys.
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