This past Saturday, our Tigers 16u Black team marched into Brock University hoping to continue the momentum from their success the previous weekend. Going into the tournament as one of the favorites, our girls quickly won both of their Pool play matches in two straight sets, giving them a bye straight to the quarterfinals. (Grimsby Vipers 15u 25-18 & 25-14)(Jr. Gryphons Black 25-15 & 25-19).
The afternoon round would prove to be more challenging as the competition elevated their game. In the Quarterfinals, the team met a fully energized Scorpions Reign team. After a highly spirited first set against a local rival, the girls regained their composure to take the match in 3 sets (26-28, 25-16 & 15-8).
Our Semifinal match proved to be a back and forth affair with a highly skilled Defensa 15u White team. Long rallies, amazing defensive play and smart attacks were displayed by both teams as the Tigers were able to prevail in a very exciting 3 set match (22-25, 25-22 & 18-16).
Feeling the wear and tear of two straight weekends of highly competitive volleyball and dealing with some nagging injuries, our Tigers 16u Black team would have to face the tournament’s other favorite in the Niagara Rapids Summit team in the Gold Medal match. With the Tigers never quit attitude, some playing in different positions, the girls layed it all out and gave their best effort to make a match of it. Unfortunately, with little left in the Tigers tank, the Rapids were able to take advantage and win the Championship match 25-22 & 25-18.
With their chins held high, and a great show of sportsmanship, the girls received their Silver medals and vowed to even the score should they get a chance to.
At the Ontario Volleyball Association’s 13U Girls McGregor Cup – Championship A Division, this Tigers team hit the ground running!
Our Tigers won 4 out of their 5 sets during round-robin action to win their pool against KW Predators and Cambridge Scorpions.
Being seeded as A1, the Tigers had a 3 hour break until their quarter-final match and it took a couple volleys to get them back into the game. They won the quarter finals against Forest City Blue in a tie breaker set (25-20; 23-25; 15-12).
In the Semi Finals, the London Sharks 12U showed us how to fight for our spot with two sets (25-12; 25-18).
The Finals put us up against the Cambridge Scorpions again! Last medal game against them in December ended with us getting the silver. But it was our turn! We won the Gold!
This moves us up to the 13U Premier Division for February! Good luck Ladies!!!
This past weekend, the Waterloo Tigers 16u Black team was playing up in only their 2nd tournament at the 17u level. Ranked 9th out of 12 teams going into the tournament, the pool they were in required them to play the top ranked team of Georgetown Impact 17u in their first match. The girls fought hard but eventually loss in a very respectably 20-25 & 19-25. Their next match was against the 8th ranked Mississauga Royals, and the team continued with their strong offensive play and winning the match in two straight sets 25-13 & 25-15.
Finishing 2nd in their Pool play gave them a favorable match-up against the Jr. Gryphons Red 16u team but meant they would need to play 4 straight matches to make the finals. These Tigers promptly disposed of the Guelph team in two straight sets 25-6 & 25-16 to set up a tough match against the 2nd ranked Etobicoke Titans Promethius in the quarterfinals.
For the remainder of the day, the Tigers had to rely on not only their strong offensive play, but primarily on their defensive system and never quit mentality. Winning their quarterfinal match 13-25, 25-16 & 15-10 against the Titans. The semifinals pitted the Tigers against 3rd ranked team and the eventual gold medalist, a very strong 16u team from Georgetown. Pushing the Impact team to 3 sets but eventually losing 25-19, 13-25 & 11-15.
Without any breaks throughout the whole afternoon, the girls really had to dig deep and find the extra energy and team spirit to help them pull through. In the Bronze game, the Tigers faced the 4th ranked team the Waves. Showing true grit and dealing with a few injuries throughout, the team fought back after losing the first set 20-25 to take the following two sets 25-22 & 15-9 and eventually claiming their Bronze medal.
Congratulations Tigers 16U Black!