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2017 / 10 / 22

The Eldorado 17UG HP team is made up of athletes from multiple different programs including previous Mavs HP programs, Comp programs, Fusion programs and from the Griffons in Quebec. In a very short period of time this group has had to learn a lot about each other and the sport.

Sunday, October 22 was the first real benchmarking opportunity for the girls to see where they stood and learn more about their strengths and weaknesses in competition. Well ... it didn't exactly start off so good. The first 3 points of their season included: Missed Serve, Opponent Ace, Shank (Opponent Ace). After a timeout (which turned out to be the fastest timeout in Coach Matt's tenure as a Head Coach... 13 years), the team composed themselves and began to slowly find a rhythm. Although they didn't play extremely well, they started to identify areas that needed more attention and applied their training to date to make corrections. The result was a 2-0 win in their first match. Match number 2 was a similar beginning as the girls got off to a rocky start, but slowly became a more effective group and raised the bar yet again. The communication and chemistry was starting to show and they pulled away from their opponents for another 2-0 win.

Match number three was the only real "great start" they had all morning which lead to a very easy victory over an opponent who is typically difficult in Les Aigles de Jean-Eaudes. However, after securing a first place position in the pool the team let the second set slip in a tight contest. In spite of dropping the set, the team had learned another valuable lesson about themselves and continued to develop as the competition went forward.

With the tournament cut in half and the top 8 teams remaining, our girls were issued a #2 overall playoff seeding based on a remarkable 1.515 point ratio. They drew a very athletic and talented Géants squad that had size as well. The first set got off to another very rocky start with the Géants taking an 8-2 lead. After a timeout the team recognized a few areas of improvement and applied the solution in game. The remainder of the first set was absolutely dominated by our team as they went on to win 25-14 (23-6 run). The second set was anything but easy. The Géants pushed and pushed until we found ourselves into extra points where a few amazing plays by our girls lead to a 28-26 win and they advanced to the semi-finals.

The semi-final saw the Eldorado facing a very experience, tall and talented Titans team. The first set was a back and forth affair with constant shifts in momentum throughout. Every point was contested and the level of play was excellent for an early season event. This set, similarly to the final set of the quarters, went into extra points. Unfortunately the Eldorado serve receive simply couldn't connect in the final moments and we dropped the first set 28-30. The second set was a different story. Having our athletes sharing court time all day and keeping everyone fresh (along with some serve receive adjustments) made all the difference. From the first point the girls simply dominated in the second set playing some great defence and shutting down their opponent to level the match at 1-1 with a 25-16 victory. The third set brought another opportunity for our girls to learn about themselves. This was their first decisive set played as a team and they could see how they would respond. Well (spoiler alert) they seized the moment and never looked back from that point on. They finished off the Titans and then took that momentum into the final against the host Citadins, and absolutely crushed them. Literally and figuratively. Bombs from everyone, digs all over the place, and a competitive fire that would not be stopped. The final finished 25-16, 25-20 which meant that the Eldorado were the Juvenile Feminin AA Champions. Thats correct Juvenile meaning 18U.

Needless to say the team had a great day, but most importantly took back with them the lessons learned on court that will allow them to continue to develop and improve as we move into the OVA Tour Season.

Next Stop: Oshawa, ON for the OVA 17U Girls Provincial Cup - Championship C

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