Cougars and Lightning fall short in provincial tournaments

The Notre Dame Cougars finished sixth in the Alberta high school 4A boys volleyball championship during the weekend, while the Hunting Hills Lightning were seventh in the 4A girls provincials, both at Lloydminster. The Cougars were 1-2 in pool play, defeating Calgary Western Canada 26-24, 21-25, 15-7 and losing 25-21, 20-25 and 15-17 to Calgary Dr. E.P. Scarlett and 17-25, 19-25 to Lethbridge Chinook.

The Notre Dame Cougars finished sixth in the Alberta high school 4A boys volleyball championship during the weekend, while the Hunting Hills Lightning were seventh in the 4A girls provincials, both at Lloydminster.

The Cougars were 1-2 in pool play, defeating Calgary Western Canada 26-24, 21-25, 15-7 and losing 25-21, 20-25 and 15-17 to Calgary Dr. E.P. Scarlett and 17-25, 19-25 to Lethbridge Chinook.

The Cougars then fell 3-0 to Strathcona in the first round of the playoffs. From there, Notre Dame lost 3-0 to Grande Prairie Charles Spencer, defeated Western Canada 2-0 and lost to Chinook in the fifth/sixth place game.

Edmonton Jasper Place captured the 4A crown, beating Strathcona in the final.

On the girls side, the Lightning were 1-2 in pool play with a 25-22, 24-26, 15-5 win over Charles Spencer and 20-25, 21-25 and 23-25, 21-25 losses to E.P. Scarlett and Edmonton Harry Ainlay.

The Lightning fell 3-1 to Edmonton Holy Trinity in the first playoff round, then defeated Lloydminster 3-1. Sherwood Park Bev Facey then blanked Hunting Hills 2-0 and the Lightning defeated Chinook 2-1 in the seventh/eighth place game.

• The Lacombe Rams were runners-up in the 3A girls provincials at Cochrane, losing 19-25, 25-17, 13-15 to Grande Prairie Peace Wapiti in the final.

The Rams advanced to the final with a 28-26, 25-16 playoff win over Morinville.

Lacombe finished second in Pool A with a 4-1 record, beating Eagle Butte 25-23, 25-17, downing Cochrane 25-17, 20-25, 15-11, defeating Calgary Bearspaw 28-26, 25-12, slipping past Strathcona 25-18, 19-25, 15-9, and losing 25-23, 22-25, 15-17 to Peace Wapiti.

In 3A boys play at Fort McMurray, the Ponoka Broncs finished 1-4 in pool play and failed to make the playoffs.

The Broncs’ lone win was 25-20, 25-23 over host Holy Trinity. Ponoka lost 26-24, 22-25, 10-15 to Grande Prairie St. Joseph’s, 11-25, 20-25 to Barrhead, 25-23, 16-25, 17-19 to Okotoks Holy Trinity and 14-25, 20-25 to Sherwood Park Strathcona Christian.

Magrath won the provincial crown.

• The Central Alberta Christian Knights of Lacombe placed third in the 2A boys provincials at Cold Lake.

The Knights were 4-1 in pool play, defeating Calgary Christian 24-26, 26-24, 15-5, beating Strathcona Tweedsmuir of Okotoks 25-8, 25-20, downing Edmonton JH Picard 25-22, 25-19, sweeping Fort McMurray 25-12, 25-20 and losing 16-25, 17-25 to Picture Butte.

From there, the Knights fell 18-25, 25-19, 10-15 to Fort McLeod and defeated Calgary Rundle College 25-23, 23-25, 19-17 in the third-place game.

Central Alberta Christian was 2-3 in girls 1A pool play at Elk Point and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

The Knights posted 25-23 25-15 and 25-15, 20-25, 15-12 wins over Vermilion and Three Hills, and lost 14-25, 19-25 to Spirit River, 22-25, 20-25 to Calgary Christian and 14-25, 14-25 to Vauxhall.

Three Hills finished at 1-4.