Trojans out; Saints advance to final
Playoff volleyball update
The PCI Trojans fell short in their West Winnipeg Athletic Conference Tier 2 playoffs as they were eliminated 3-sets-to-1 by the Stonewall Rams at Portage Collegiate. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
Playoff volleyball continued across the province Tuesday.
Portage Collegiate Institute’s (PCI) varsity teams were both in West Winnipeg Athletic Conference (WWAC) playoff action and the Saints are moving on while the Trojans’ season concluded in front of home fans in Portage.
“We made a lot of mental errors and we weren’t passing the ball as well as we have been all year,” says Trojans head coach, Trevor Shackleton. “When you don’t pass well your offence will not run smoothly. We were just getting the ball over by the final set and (Stonewall) will win that battle every time.”
The boys came out strong in the first beating Stonewall 25-14 but the boys just weren’t consistent enough to finish off the Rams and advance to the final. Stonewall won the next three sets 25-9, 25-20, and 25-23, with PCI handing over the final point by serving the ball into the net.
Shackleton says they’re going to be a strong club next season with quite a few returning players.
“We’re only losing one Grade 12 in Lane Blight,” adds Shackleton. “He was definitely one of our best players this season and he really helped the younger players grow. He’ll be hard to replace because he’s such a strong setter but the players grew so much that I’m really looking forward to next year.”
The Trojans finished the WWAC Tier 2 regular season 6-4 and were eliminated in the semifinal.
Championship in sight
This could be their year.
The Saints took out St. Mary’s in four sets to advance to the WWAC Tier 1 championship final Thursday night in Winnipeg. The girls won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-23 then stumbled in the third falling 25-21. PCI quickly turned their game around in the fourth set, winning 25-18 to finish off the Flames.
"The girls played well,” says Saints head coach, Derek Casper. “We still made too many errors if we want to win in the final. We’re going to have to clean that stuff up for sure.”
The WWAC Tier 1 championship final is Thursday in Winnipeg.
PCI’s junior varsity teams are both in WWAC playoff action Wednesday.
The Saints are in Winnipeg to face the St. Mary’s Flames while the Trojans take on John Taylor, and that game is also in Winnipeg. Both games get going at 6:30 p.m.
The Grade 9 Saints and Garden Valley hit the court at 5:30 p.m. in the JV Zone 4 AAA/AAAA playoffs at Portage Collegiate.