After following up on their impressive Silver medal at the Hamilton Smash 16u Extravaganza over the Family Day weekend, the Waterloo Tigers 15u Black team continued their momentum into their final OVA tournament of the year.
In the morning Pool play, these Tigers took on the two 15u teams from Guelph and won both games in two straight set. Continuing their dominance in their quarter final (Scorpions Gold 14u – 25-20 & 25-8) and semi final (Scorpions Green 14u – 25-19 & 25-11) matches, the team was primed to take on their rivals from Stratford in the finals. The Stingers came out swinging as well and gave the girls a tough challenge. Going point for point throughout much of the 3 sets, our Tigers fell just short in losing the 3rd set 16-14.
Great performances from all the girls as they picked up their 2nd OVA medal of the year. Looking forward in seeing them strive for the Gold at the Provincial at the end of April.
The TIGERS 15U Girls would also like to thank their sponsors whom have helped them with their success this year: Silver Sponsor: Grand River Awnings (Elora, ON)
Bronze Sponsor: M.H.Francq and Associates (Timmins, ON)
The Waterloo Tigers Boys 17U team achieved Gold for the very first time on Sunday, February 4th, in London. The boys came into the 10 team tournament ranked second, behind Pakmen Black. Their day started by playing the hometown London Fire team in pool play. The Tigers came out slowly, but managed to win in two relatively close sets. They finished atop their pool after a second straight-set win – this one over the Chatham Ballhawks. In the quarter final match, they easily handled Sky Volley team from Windsor, with double digit wins in both sets. The semi-finals was against a talented 16U team from Hamilton. The Tigers had a rough start facing an early 5 point deficit, however they overcame this, winning the first set 25-22. The second set, was once again very close, with the Tigers coming up short, losing 25-23. In the third and final set, the team was trailing 14-10, facing 4 straight match points for Hamilton. The boys clawed back to win 17-15, in an incredible comeback that gave them a berth in the finals. The Gold Medal Game was against the third ranked Georgetown Impact. The Tigers came out flat, dropping the first set 25-15, but responded with an authoritative 25-13 second set victory, and did not look back, taking the third set 15-10 to capture their first gold medal ever. The Waterloo Tigers hope to build off this result in their final OVA tournament in March, prior to the Ontario Championships in early April, at RIM Park in Waterloo.”