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McGregor Cup Silver

2018 / 01 / 14

Another tournament in Ottawa???

Well we certainly aren't complaining. Kanata was the location this time around and our girls were hoping to improve on their bronze medal performance from December.

Match 1 was against a team that probably won the season off the court. The Ottawa Phoenix (aptly named) were a group created by a coach with a true love for the game who stepped up to the plate and created a team for the girls that were left out of the Fusion program that folded due to a lack of players and commitments. Well in spite of our affinity for their purpose it was time to compete. This all Ottawa match up was a once sided affair with our girls taking a very convincing 2-0 victory.

Next up was the Lakers from North Bay. This team was very scrappy and didn't really allow much to hit the floor originally, so our attackers had to amp it up. With some huge swings and a few packs the Eldorado cruised to a 2-0 victory and a guaranteed top 2 finish in their pool. The third and final pool play match was against an underrated and talented Phoenix Fury team from Toronto. The first set was a passing expo by our opponents who stated at a 2.30 as a team... WOW!!! They took the first set in a close contest that was quality volleyball. The second set was much different. Our girls took ahold of the set and were ahead the whole way through. That being said, getting some rest prior to playoffs for some players was important and even though we were up 22-18, subs were made knowing the outcome wasn't going to change much. The girls ended up dropping the set and finishing second in their pool.

This set up a date with the Thunder from Peterborough. The first set of this match was extremely one sided. The Eldorado seemed to have put their quarterfinal woes behind them in a convincing victory....... but just wait a second...... The second set seemed to be much of the same; however at 24-17 our athletes checked out and saw a very competitive Thunder storm back to 24-24. In the end the crazy comeback was thwarted and the Eldorado took the match 2-0, but needless to say still have to work on their ability to finish matches.

Then came DA. The Attack Black had been undefeated all day. They found a way to defeat the #1 seed Galaxy Rockets earlier in the day and looked absolutely great. That was a challenge that our athletes were up to. The first set started out terribly with a 5-0 run for DA, but slowly the tide shifted to see the Eldorado take the first set. The second set looked like it would be much of the same; however, a few connected passing errors near the final third of the set had the Eldorado on the wrong end of a 25-23 finish. This brought on a third and deciding set which was another one-sided affair. Our athletes definitely were out to win as they stormed their way to 8 and then pitched a 7-2 run to finished the match with a 15-8 third set victory to earn a spot in the final.

At last, the final. We have been finding ways not to make the final in our previous two OVA events, and this time finally made the leap. That being said, our girls were definitely fatigued and not as mentally sharp as they needed to be in order to defeat a very strong Galaxy Rockets team who had defeated the #1 seeded Halton Hurricanes earlier in the season. The Eldorado were dispatched in two sets in what was definitely entertaining volleyball, but was a victory well earned by our opponents. Another learning experience for the Eldorado as they are starting to gel more and more together. Knowing that they have just started to understand the "why" for our systems and training and will begin to consolidate those skills and systems as we move forward is a very scary thought for any of our opponents as we head into the Bugarski Cup and Ontario Championships.

Next up for the Eldorado is a very well earned berth in the Quebec versus Ontario Challenge in Gatineau. A berth that was earned by beating top competition on both sides of the province to stake their claim to this event. See you all on Feb 10-11 at the Centre Sportif.

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