EXETER – On Thursday, Nov. 29, the DCVI Gr. 7-8 Intermediate boys volleyball team traveled to South Huron to participate in the South Region tournament.
The boys started the day strong with an easy first set win, 25-9. The South Huron Grade 7s found their stride in the second set and pushed Salukis a little harder, but the ‘Dawgs showed their strength and pulled out the win, 25-21.
In their second match of the day, Salukis took on tournament favourites Stratford Central. Looking a little nervous, Central jumped out to an early lead, but the St. Marys boys persevered and battled back, but it just wasn’t quite enough and they lost the first set, 25-19. The boys turned things around in the second set, easily dismantling the Central second string, 25-10.
In their final match of pool play, Salukis once again dominated and easily defeated Stratford Northwestern by scores of 25-10 and 25-12.
This gave the DCVI boys first overall in their pool and set up a match with South Huron’s Grade 8 team in the semi-finals. Salukis made this match look like a walk in the park, easily defeating South Huron 25-11 and 25-11. This set up a rematch against Stratford Central in the final.
Central jumped out to an early lead and looked full of confidence, but Salukis stuck with them and kept the match close. They took advantage of some late Rams’ mistakes and snuck into the lead, forcing the Central coach to call a time-out. With the game tied 24-24 and a hard cap of 25, Salukis played strong at the net and stuffed the Central offence to win the first set.
Riding this wave of confidence, and Central still looking shocked over losing the first set, the DCVI boys jumped out to an early lead in the second and never looked back, easily downing Central 25-17 and securing the championship!
Congratulations to all team members! You demonstrated tenacity, grit and great sportsmanship all day.