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Senior Tigers Host Home Tournament

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The SVRSS Tigers  Senior Girls’ Volleyball team hosted their annual tournament on Oct. 26 and 27 where six teams including; Swan Valley, Swan Valley Junior team, Gilbert Plains, Margaret Barbour from The Pas, Ebb and Flow, and Chemawawin from Easterville competed for the bragging rights of tournament champions.
Losing one game, and winning four in the round-robin, including a split game against the Junior Tigers, the Senior Tigers found themselves in second place with a bye into the second round of the playoffs.
The Junior and Senior SVRSS Tigers Volleyball teams would meet again in the semifinals where the Seniors would see victory in three sets. Losing the first 25-20 and then pulling together to take the next two 25-17 and 15-6.
They would then head to the final to face Gilbert Plains where their tournament would end with a second place finish. Gilbert Plains beat the Tigers in two sets with scores of 25-12 and 25-20.
“It was a wonderful weekend of volelyball with lots of close and exciting games with quality players,” said Head Coach Alyssa Pitura. “We had amazing support from parents and community members. It made for a pretty special environment.
“I am really happy with the way we played this weekend. The girls had great energy and chemistry on the court and I finally feel like some of the things we have been struggling with we were able to move past. The biggest difference was in our focus and being able to finish games off instead of letting teams back in. They played aggressively and had a drive to win which we will need to carry forward in the next two important weeks in our season.
“Defensively they were fantastic - never giving up on plays, making digs, and getting tons of blocks and touches at the net. I thought our serve receive, which is usually one of the strongest parts of our game, was a bit off and we still need to work on our serving. We came off a big semifinal win, which was a bit of a roller coaster, and fell flat in the final unfortunately. It can be tough to come out with the same intensity after a big win and we just kind of ran out of steam. While it's disappointing, it doesn't take anything away from the weekend and it being a success for us. I think we made big strides as a team at a crucial time.”
The Tigers travelled to Dauphin yesterday (Oct. 29) to face DRCSS in an exhibition game. Scores and comments were unavailable at press time.
They will now travel to Brandon on Nov. 2 and 3 for another chance at a championship title.

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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