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Weekend #3 - Longhorns have the spotlight to themselves

2014 / 11 / 24

It was an abnormal occurrence due to the Ofsaa boys volleyball championships happening around the province that the OVA only held one age group competition this past weekend. Most weekends are usually jammed packed with OVA tournaments.

Fittingly it was the opening tournament for the 2014 15U Boys Provincial Champions and National East Silver Medalist, the Maverick Longhorns. Last year's edition of the Longhorns was able to sneak up on their opponents but that will not be the case this year where they will be wearing the bulls-eye at every tournament that they play in this year. The boys were ranked number one going into the Championship East tournament with 8 other teams.

In pool play the Longhorns defeated the Viking Warriors in two sets (25-12, 25-5) and the Markham Wildcats Jaguars (25-15, 25-18). With those two wins the boys secured themselves a quarter final match against the cross town rivals the Ottawa Fusion 16Us. At the conclusion of the match the early season bragging rights belong to the Longhorns as they defeated Fusion in two sets (25-15, 25-19).

The semi-final was a rematch of the National East Championship game as the Longhorns faced the Markham Wildcats Tigers (formerly Outtahand). The Longhorns lost their first set by a score of 22-25 but bounced back to win 25-16 and 15-11 in the third set. It must have felt good for the boys to get a win against such a strong team, especially having lost a big match to them last May for a national title. Coach St-Denis stated that: "..we looked good in terms of depth our "rookies" pushed the "veterans" to up their game"   St-Denis was referring to the significant contributions of the team's new additions as their solid play helped the team win the second set

The Longhorns had no time to rest as they played the Markham Stingers Wasps for the gold medal. The high of playing such a close semi final must have caught up to the Longhorns as they lost their opening set by a score of 22-25. The Longhorns regrouped to win the second 25-22 and in the third the boys were down 4-8 at the court change but proceeded to score 11 points to their opponent's 5 to win 15-13.

After the match St-Denis had this to say about the boys: "They are a real resilient bunch coming from behind in both the semi and final, however we passed for 1.42 (out of 3), so we have plenty of room for improvement"

Great job gentlemen!

GoMavsGo!

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