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Clippers get better results in Regina tournament

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After going winless in a tournament in Brandon last weekend, the Dauphin Clippers boys volleyball team saw some better results at the Campbell Collegiate Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Regina, this past weekend.
The Clippers finished fourth in their pool after round-robin play.
Dauphin scored wins over O’Neill Catholic High School of Regina (25-21 and 25-15) and Sheldon-Williams Collegiate (25-11 and 25-11), split with host Campbell Collegiate (18-25 and 25-18) and lost to Greenall of Balgonie (16-25 and 16-25) and Centennial Collegiate of Saskatoon (13-25 and 16-25).
In the quarterfinals, the Clippers scored a 19-25, 25-20 and 15-4 win over Vanier Collegiate of Moose Jaw, before falling 23-25 and 19-25 to Centennial in the semifinals to finish tied for third out of 12 teams.
Clippers coach Taylor Schmidt said the Clippers were in a tough pool. The top four teams in each pool made the playoffs and the top four in Dauphin’s pool all reached the semifinals.
The match against Vanier in the quarterfinals, Schmidt added, was a great match. After losing the first game, the Clippers came back to win the second and carried the momentum from that game to claim victory in game three.
“Then we ended up losing to Saskatoon in the semifinal. So overall, it was a great tournament,” he said.
“We’re starting to figure stuff out. We’re starting to get some chemistry. Players are starting to get a little more comfortable in their positions and beside the people they play. It was a build up from last weekend. We just carried that momentum and that chemistry.”
Schmidt said it is hard sometimes to work as hard as the Clippers are to improve, but not get the results.
“But the boys have been very patient and trusting in their practice time and working together. And those wins started to come this weekend, which I think they were very happy about. Because they’re starting to see that their hard work is paying off and that we can continue to compete and beat some of those tougher teams,” he said.
With such a large roster and wide range of experience, Schmidt feels each individual player is growing and showing improvement.
“A group of them are now starting to find that chemistry, that we’ve been having a hard time with, for no other reason than injuries and the multi-sport athletes,” he said.
“Those boys are starting to play together a little bit more, which is starting to create a little bit of chemistry, which is then resulting in a little more team effort.”
Dauphin’s next tournament is the Neelin Dig Tournament, Nov. 2 and 3, in Brandon.
Schmidt said the focus until then will be to regroup and re-evaluate where they are at and where they are going in the second half of the season.
“We’re going to get back into practice and break things down to the bare bones and the fundamentals and piece them back together and, hopefully, build them back up and have an even stronger group to go towards Neelin,” he said.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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