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QC v ON Challenge Top 3

2018 / 02 / 11

The Eldorado had a short trip over the river to Gatineau to the Men’s National Team Training Centre for the prestigious QC v ON Challenge. This event featured top teams from each province.

Match one pitted the girls against the tournament hosts, the Griffons. Set 1 went according to plan. Big swings and strong defence pushed the Eldorado to the win. Set 2 and 3 were more of the same with a few hiccups here and there that were quickly remedied by the player of the game, Melanie Dormann. The 3-0 victory set up a match to move into a top 3 final pool against the Libellules from Joliette.

The first set looked like this match would be quick and easy as the Eldorado cruised without much resistance from the dragonflies, but that would change. Set 2 seemed to be in the bag when at 22-19 the Libellules woke up and pushed hard to win 30-32. That momentum continued in the third to put the Libellules ahead 1-2 headed to the fourth set. Here is where the Eldorado returned to form and went on to dominate the rest of the match and win the pool. This victory put the girls in a pool with reigning number 1 seed and Ontario Champion, Pakmen, and current Quebec number 1 ranked Macareaux de Sept-Isles. A power pool is definitely the right name for this group. Player of the Game was once again Melanie Dormann

The first match pitted the girls against the Pakmen. Without knowing exactly why the group had such a rough start, the Eldorado found themselves down big early. Given the Ontario Champs a big lead to start the match was less than ideal and ended up leading to a disappointing loss in set 1. Set 2 started off very differently. The Eldorado held their own and were going back and forth with the Champs until 10-10. At this point the Pakmen picked a target and kept hitting it which lead to a string of errors. This continued through the third set and the Eldorado would lose 0-3 to start the day. Player of the Game was Kathleen Leveque.

Match two was against the Macareaux from Sept-Isles. This team has been on a undefeated run to start their season and were a definite challenge for our group. The first set seemed like our girls got their feet back under them. They played strong, aggressive volleyball and took the first set in a controlled fashion. However, everything unraveled from there. Silly mistakes, uncharacteristic errors, and a lack of competitive drive lead to Macareaux winning the next three sets (albeit tight scores) to win the match. Player of the Game was Kathleen Leveque

This event was a tale of two days and two very different mentalities. The lessons will be valuable as they continue to prepare for an upcoming OVA event on Feb 24th in Peterborough. A win there could secure them a place in the Top section of the draw in Division I Ontario Championships.

Also - Big Congratulations to Melanie Dormann and Kathleen Leveque for being selected to the Tournament All-Star Team!

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