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Saints into second with home tourney victory

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

PCI's varsity girls won their home tournament over the weekend, taking out second-ranked Selkirk in the championship. That should earn them the spot in this weeks power rankings. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

PCI's varsity girls won their home tournament over the weekend, taking out second-ranked Selkirk in the championship. That should earn them the spot in this weeks power rankings. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

 Up to second place.

Portage Collegiate Institute Saints varsity girl's volleyball team is ranked number two in the province thanks to a big win over former second place team Selkirk in straight sets this weekend to win their home tournament in Portage la Prairie.

“It's a pretty even playing field this season around the league,” says Derek Casper, Saints' head coach. “The girls have just come out and reduced their errors. Serves are getting over, the girls are placing the ball into certain areas, and we aren't just giving away points which is huge.”

16 teams were in town for the Saints Invitational where the girls went undefeated through round robin play to finish a perfect 3-0, with wins coming over Glenlawn, St. Mary's, and Grant Park. The ladies needed three sets to get by Vincent Massey Winnipeg in their first playoff match. Westwood was next in the semifinal, and again the Saints needed all three sets to secure the victory. Selkirk was up next in the 'A' Final which PCI won in straight sets 25-18 and 25-17.

The Saints are now entering a bye week in West Winnipeg Athletic Conference play and have their sights set on next month's St. Vital Invitational, one of the largest tournaments of the year.

Boys in action

PCI's varsity Trojans didn't fare too well at the Royals Spike Off tournament in Selkirk this weekend. The boys managed to get one victory after going 0-3 through round-robin play, then defeated the Murdoch MacKay Clansmen in three sets before falling to Crocus Plains in the 'C' Final.

The Trojans are back in action Wednesday when they host St. James at PCI. Game time is set for 5 p.m.



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