Rams nab two titles at Dawson volleyball invitational

The Porter Creek Rams came away without a title at last year’s Dawson Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

The Porter Creek Rams came away without a title at last year’s Dawson Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

This year they won half of them.

The Rams won two titles — the 11/12 boys and 9/10 girls — at the 38th annual tournament on Saturday in Dawson City.

Porter Creek’s 9/10 girls won their division — the largest at the tournament with seven teams — without dropping a set.

“We played quite well. We were very consistent throughout,” said coach Dan Bisson. “There was a good showing from all the teams who were there. The girls all had a blast. The sportsmanship was great.”

The Rams took the title with a 25-7, 25-15 win over the F.H. Collins Warriors in the final. They reached the final with a straight-set win over the hosting Robert Service Knights in the semi.

“Our serving was really good; we were able to place our serves really well,” said Bisson. “We were able to take advantage of our serving. My team is really strong all around and we played well as a team. We kept our errors down, didn’t give away too many points.”

All three Whitehorse high schools claimed titles in Dawson with the Vanier Crusaders taking the 9/10 boys and the F.H. Warriors the 11/12 girls.

After losing to the Warriors in their first game of the tournament, Vanier’s 9/10 boys went on a tear all the way to the final.

They took the title with a 25-17, 25-16 win over the Warriors in the final.

“Everybody was improving through the weekend, everybody had their moments, everybody got to play,” said Crusaders coach Dwayne Stoker.

The Crusaders advanced to the final with a win over Watson Lake’s Saint Elias Community School in the semifinal.

“Saint Elias had a great tournament, gave it 110 per cent,” said Stoker.

There was a similar story in the 11/12 girls division. The Warriors lost their first game against Vanier before beating them 25-18, 25-21 in the final.

“Our team worked on being more focused and concentrated on doing our job rather than just being there,” said Warriors coach Adam Robinson. “We had more fun, I think.”

The Crusaders and Warriors will have a rematch in the semifinal of Super Volley — the Whitehorse high school league —this Thursday at Porter Creek Secondary. The winner will go on to play the Rams in the final the next night. Vanier defeated the Rams in their semifinal in Dawson.

“I hope it’s not too big of a confidence booster,” said Robinson. “We still have our work cut out for us. Vanier has improved during the season and they are as hungry to beat us as we are to beat them, so it should be another great game.”

The Porter Creek Rams captured the 11/12 boys title with a come-from-behind 19-25, 25-20, 15-12 win over the Warriors on Saturday.

The Rams senior boys have so far gone undefeated in Super Volley this season, receiving a bye to the finals this Friday at Porter Creek Secondary.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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