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OVA 17UG Provincial Cup

2017 / 11 / 04

The Eldorado were in action at the 2017 OVA 17U Girls Provincial Cup on November 4th with some lofty goals in mind. This group has a super talented roster and were hoping to come together as a team and make a little noise in the age group. Well they certainly made a name for themselves; however, looked past a particular opponent and paid the price. Let's go through the day shall we.

The first match of the day was against a very unorthodox Markham Wildcat Tigers team. This team has been a group for some time, and although not as physical as our Mavs they were a cohesive unit. The first set was evidence of that. The Eldorado were shown first hand that there are many ways to win a volleyball game in dropping the first set 22-25 to a completely out of system team. Luckily, they figured out the puzzle and went on to dominate their opponent with some big swings and huge blocks. The first match as a group in the OVA was in the books as a W. Next up was a match I believe both teams were looking forward to. Each team showed up to play as the match was a back a forth affair. Although this was a match that the Eldorado won in three sets, it was a challenge that allowed the team to learn a lot about themselves. With two wins in the books the Eldorado claimed first in their pool and were headed to quarters.

The Eldorado drew the Georgian Cubs. This team was another unorthodox group that really challenged our girls in how they were playing the game. The Cubs used one very strong attacker and a mixture of off tempo roll shots with undersized players to win the first set. The second set was an absolutely remarkable response from the Eldorado in a 25-16 romping. All elements of the game were working and the hope was that would continue into the third set. Insert heart wrenching loss here. The Eldorado simply couldn't stop making errors. Again, the Cubs were getting bounces but also played very well and our girls simply just couldn't recover to lose in the quarters 12-15.

This loss was unexpected and very difficult to swallow. With their hopes of entering the OVA's Premier Division dashed, they really needed to refocus and win an additional two matches to maintain their place in Championship. This secondary goal started against a very tall Leaside Lightning White team. The girls went into full beast mode and dispatched Leaside in two very quick sets to set up a matchup with the hosts, Durham Attack Black. Both teams had much larger aspirations and yet one of them would be relegated to Trillium. This was unfortunate, but someone had to go down and it wasn't going to be our Eldorado. The first set was a pretty one-sided affair that closed in point gap after the set was well in hand. The second set started the same way until our captain and scoring leader for the day went down with a truly unfortunate ankle injury. The tide turned and DA was able to steal a close second set. The third set saw the Eldorado put the hammer down and sprint to a 15-7 win and the right to stick around for what will prove to be a very strong OVA Challenge Cup in December.

The team went 4-1; however, learned a valuable lesson in that the morning matches are non-elimination and the intensity, focus and execution of that first playoff match has to be much better. The girls are looking forward to a few warm up scrimmages in advance of the Challenge Cup on December 2nd in Casselman.

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