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Clipper Rundown - Volleyball & Hockey

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The Dauphin Clippers JV girls volleyball team is one step closer to its goal of winning a provincial championship.

The Clippers swept the Provincial AAA JV Girls Regionals for Zone 7, 8 and 15, last Thursday, on their home court.

The Clippers tamed the Neepawa Tigers, 25-10, 25-12 and 25-6 in the semifinals, before defeating the Neelin Spartans in the final, 25-18, 26-24 and 25-18.

Clippers coach Tabi Eitmontas said the team benefited from regionals being rescheduled twice.

“We were really fortunate in that we had some extra time to prepare for that because it had gotten rescheduled a couple of times. So we were able to practice some different patterns and rotations where everybody was going to be able to contribute,” she said.

“And I think that was a major key to our success, was just allowing everybody to be able to come in and play a role.”

Eitmontas was not surprised to sweep both matches. She knew Neelin would be their toughest test as the teams beat each other once during the season.

“We went into it expecting to win. Winning 3-0 was a nice touch, but we were pretty confident going in,” she said.

John Taylor Collegiate in Winnipeg will host provincials, Nov. 27 and 28.

Dauphin is in a pool with the Transcona Titans, Niverville Panthers Black and W.C. Miller Aces of Altona.

The goal for the Clippers the last couple of years, Eitmontas said, has always been to win.

“Looking at the schedule, I think we have a great pool in terms of having the possibility to come out first. So that’s going to be the expectation going in and we’re planning on playing in the finals on Sunday night,” she said.

The varsity girls fell short in their bid for a spot at provincials when they competed at regionals, Saturday in Neepawa.

The Clippers finished third in the pool, opening with a 19-25 and 16-25 loss to the Swan Valley Tigers, who went on to win the regionals to earn a berth to provincials.

Dauphin then lost to Neelin, 10-25 and 16-25, before entering the win column with a 25-12, 22-25 and 15-8 triumph over the host Tigers.

Dauphin ended the tournament with a 25-22 and 25-19 win over the Virden Golden Bears.

Dauphin hosted the varsity boys regionals, Saturday, where they also finished third after round-robin play.

The Clippers opened with a 25-15 and 25-20 win over Neepawa, then fell 15-25 and 10-25 to Neelin and rebounded to beat Swan Valley, 25-15, 23-25 and 17-15.

In the semifinal against Neepawa, the Clippers fell 25-23, 16-25 and 12-15.

Neelin won the regionals with a 25-17 and 25-19 win over Neepawa in the final.

Hockey

The Clippers hockey team improved its record to 8-1-1-0 with a pair of wins over the weekend.

On Friday in Elkhorn, Owen Chubka stopped all 19 shots he faced in leading Dauphin to a 2-0 win over the REMP Renegades.

Liam Chartrand and Tyron Sweetman scored for Dauphin, with Landon Brown assisting on both goals.

Carson Krieser was stellar in goal for the Renegades, making 52 saves in the loss.

On Sunday in Dauphin, the Clippers dominated the Crocus Plains Plainsmen in a 7-0 victory in which they only allowed three shots on goal.

Logan Chapman led the offence with a hat trick, while William Miner, Jake Kuzmiak, Cole Delamare and Allee Hrechka added singles.

Cody Coombs was the beneficiary of the dominating performance with his three-save shutout. Kyle Krause was a busy man in goal for the Plainsmen, making 59 saves.

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Doug Zywina
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