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An opportunity to learn in Cornwall

2014 / 12 / 08

The Outlaws have been very lucky this season as this was their third OVA tournament and the third time they were able to sleep in their own beds the Friday night before.

The Outlaws entered this 17U Championship tournament as the 5th seed and had the unenviable task of playing against the defending 16U National Champions, the Durham Attack Black. They along with our Maverick BlackJacks, two top 8 Premier Teams last year both had a hiccup and were relegated to the Championship tier for this tournament.

We went into the tournament hoping to gain experience against older more experienced teams. Our first match of the day was a rematch of the 17U Trillium Gold medal game versus the Phenix. If you recall the Phenix pushed our Outlaws to three sets in Kingston. This time around the Outlaws were able to take the match in two straight sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-17.

Next up was the DA team, who were on a mission to reclaim their place in the top 9 team in Ontario. The Outlaws came out strong but the size and speed of play from the older DA team came through and we lost 11-25 and 16-25. With that loss we finished second in our pool and had a quarterfinal match up with the 17U Northumberland Breakers.

This team had frustrated the Ambush last year in their only 16U tournament as they tipped, tipped, tipped and tipped their way to a defeat of the Ambush in a bronze medal match. This year the Breakers relied on one attacker and that attacker was on point throughout the three set battle. We knew that they would set that attacker every possible chance they had and we could not stop her talented shot making abilities. We learned that the name of the game was to keep the ball off the floor on our side of the net and that we needed to put the ball on their floor. Although big slams make the highlight reel, off speed balls into empty space scores the same number of points. That lesson cost us a match 22-25, 25-22 and 10-15 but it was well worth it.

The quarterfinal loss to Northumberland put us in a situation where if we lost the next match we would be relegated to Trillium. The thought of that relegation motivated the Outlaws to a straight sets victory against the same Phenix team 25-22 and 25-22.

Although we had hoped to challenge the top teams at an age group older, we were happy with our resilience and fight to maintain our position in Championship for the next tournament.

“ Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work hard to get better. ”
– Paul Coffey
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