Our 15U team had one of the best tournaments of their season this past Saturday, as they played up in the 16U OVA Bugarski Cup and won the BRONZE! The girls started by finishing second in their pool, only falling to Ancaster Lions 16U. Vipers won the first set with a very close 29-27 score, but because there were 4 teams in their pool it came down to point differentials in 2 sets and Ancaster won by more points the second set. A highlight of pool play was when our girls won a set 25-1!! We lost the first point of the game but then served 24 serves in a row and played excellent defence to protect our side of the court!
In the quarter-finals our girls had a tough cross over against Hamilton Smash 15U Teal who are ranked 54th going into the 15U OVA Championships (we are ranked 89th out of 140) and we came out on top in a very close 3 sets, with a final score of 15-10! After a two game break, the girls were matched up against the strong Predators Ignite 15U in the semis, ranked 34th in Ontario! Our girls gave it their all in very close sets, but unfortunately lost in the 3rd set with a score of 13-15. Both teams played amazing offence and defence, and players from the Predators team were impressed with how competitive we were!
Not only did these girls fight hard all day but they endured one of the longest OVA tournaments we have ever seen! Due to all of the close games throughout the day their final Bronze medal match didn't finish until 8:00pm! Despite how tired and hungry the girls were they brought their A game right until the very end. They were matched up against Ancaster Lions again, but this time were able to pull out the win in a very close 3 set match, with the final score being 17-15! We are so proud of these girls for fighting so hard throughout such a long and hard tournament. This tournament was excellent preparation for the provincials in two weeks, and we look forward to seeing them bring everything they learned on Saturday to the court in Waterloo!
Our 16U girls also played well this tournament! Unfortunately they were matched up against the very tough 1st ranked Predators team in the quarters, but then went on to win 5th beating the 2nd ranked Hamilton Smash team in 3 sets! Well done Vipers!