Central Alberta teams come home with four medals from volleyball nationals
Central Alberta teams won four medals at the Canadian U17/U18 volleyball championships during the weekend in Edmonton.
The Central Alberta Volleyball Club Kings Green team won bronze in the U18 division II championships while the Sylvan Lake Wave won the tier III title in division III of the U18 girls playoffs.
The Ponoka Rage captured the tier IV title in Division I of the girls’ U17 playoffs while the Lacombe Thunder won the tier III title in the U17 girls’ division II .
Kings Green posted a 4-2 record in pool play before defeating the Vermilion Cannon 25-17, 25-22 in the round of 16 playoffs. They downed Pickering, Ont., Evolution 25-17, 25-20 in the quarter-finals before losing 18-25, 15-25 to the Guelph, Ont., Grizzlies in the semifinals, They beat Calgary CW 25-19, 19-25, 15-12 in the bronze medal game.
In Division I U18 boys’ action the Kings Black were 5-1 in their pool before losing 23-25, 20-25 to the Ottawa Fusion in the tier I quarter-finals.
The Wave were 3-3 in pool play then downed Yellowknife 25-18, 25-21 in the quarter-finals, the Red Deer Broncos 25-21, 14-25, 15-9 in the semifinals and the Bonnyville Lady Rhinos 25-20, 21-25, 15-13 in the final.
The Broncos were 2-4 in their pool and downed the Winnipeg Alliance 25-18, 18-25, 15-11 in the quarter-finals.
In U18 girls’ Division I play the Red Deer Queens were 2-4 in their pool before defeating the Saskatoon Jr. Huskies 25-12, 25-16 in the quarter-finals and losing 18-25, 25-13, 14-16 to the Grande Prairie Wolves in the semifinals.
The Rage were winless in six games in their pool, but got on a role in the tier IV playoffs defeating Nokomis, Sask., WaLa Xtreme 25-19, 25-23, Corman, Sask., Jr Huskies 25-18, 14-25, 15-6 and Waldheim, Sask., 25-20, 19-25, 15-5.
The Queens 17 were 2-4 in their pool. They defeated the Calgary Shock 28-26, 25-21 in the tier III quarter-finals before losing to the Vancouver Thunder 9-25, 18-25.
The Thunder were 3-3 in their pool then downed the Saskatoon Big Red 25-7, 25-16, the Edmonton Fog 29-27, 15-25, 15-9 and the St. Albert Fog Ice 23-25, 25-23, 16-14.