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Clippers JV girls fall just short at AAA provincials

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The DRCSS Clippers junior varsity girls volleyball team headed into the AAA provincials ranked fourth in the province. And that is how they left the Nov. 23 to 25 tournament at Centre Scolaire Leo Remillard.
In round-robin play, the Clippers opened the tournament Thursday with a 25-15, 25-11 win over the John Taylor Pipers from Winnipeg. The Clippers followed that with a two-game win over the RD Parker Trojans from Thompson, 25-17, 25-10.
Friday the Clippers started their day with a 25-21, 19-25, 10-25 loss to the No. 2 seeded Virden Golden Bears, before rebounding to down Brandon’s Neelin Spartans 25-22, 25-20.
Heading into the tournament the Clippers were challenged by some injuries which forced head coach Ted Rea to play some girls in unfamiliar positions.
“Overall I was really happy with how the girls adjusted,” Rea said.
“I am not disappointed with the effort the girls made despite our injuries.
“I give Brie Toews a lot of credit for having to play a totally different position without any practice time.”
In the quarterfinals the Clippers defeated the Sanford Sabres 25-9, 29-27 to set up a semifinal match against the No. 1 ranked Linden Christian Wings.
Unfortunately the Clippers fell into some serve receive trouble in a close second game and dropped the match 25-20, 17-25, 7-15.
“I am very proud that we were the only team to take a set off Linden and were able to put a bit of a scare into them,” Rea said.
“Unfortunately losing that match kept us from our goal of adding a banner.”
In the third place contest the Clippers dropped two straight games against the Golden Bears, 13-25, 19-25.
“(Following the semifinal loss) we had to go immediately back on the court to play Virden for third and we just mentally were not in that game,” Rea said.
The Clippers’ Hannah Gingera was selected to the provincial all-star team.