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The Warriors Volleyball Club held their 11th annual tournament for the U15 and U16 teams on April 30.
The U15 BP Warriors, coached by Courtney Longjohn, placed 3rd after the round robin after defeating the Sylvan Lake Wave and the Ravens, splitting games with the Calgary Vertigo and Queens Extreme, but lost a match to the Queens Ultimate.
After the round robin, the playoffs began. The 3rd seeded BP Warriors took on Sylvan Lake for bronze, but lost the first set 25-21, knotted the second set 25-25 before losing the final game 27-25 and dropping down to 4th place in the tournament.
On the Warriors 16s side, they had advanced to the files and were seeded first while the Queens Extreme was seeded second.
“It was a fast paced and extremely well played final,” said head coach Darren Josephison.
In the finals, the Warriors and Extreme decided to skip their final round-robin game against each other and skip right to the championship game.
After dropping the first set 25-22, the Warriors stepped up their hitting attack in the second set to win a nail biter 25-23.
“They began to hit and block everything in sight (in the final set),” said Josephison.
The Warriors finished with a power ‘quick’ out of the middle to win 15-8 and take first place in the tournament.
Both teams will be competing in provincials on the weekend of May 6 and the Warriors 16s team will have their hands full competing against the Queens Extreme again in the playoffs.