The St. Mary Marauders senior boy’s volleyball team appears to be poised to continue with its recent domination as they topped the field at their own tournament on the weekend with a thrilling three-set victory over St. Joseph’s Guardians from Saskatoon.
The Marauders, who have won the last three Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association 5A senior boy’s championships, beat the Guardians 25-20, 24-26, 25-21. The win also provided a bit of consolation to the Marauders, who suffered their only loss of the whole tournament to St. Joseph’s when the Guardians won 25-18, 30-32, 15-9 in the re-pool portion of the 16-team tournament.
The Marauders had a perfect run through the preliminary round-robin portion of the event, winning all six of their games. In the re-pool event, where the top two teams from each of the four pools met to determine the four semifinalists, St. Mary was 5-2 with the only losses coming to St. Joseph’s.
That mark was good enough to qualify the hosts for one of the final four spots, however, and in the semifinals, the Marauders dropped the first set 25-19 to Bishop James Mahoney from Saskatoon before reeling off 25-18, 25-15 verdicts in the final two sets.
The Guardians, meanwhile, were 6-1 in the re-pool and then outlasted Meadow Lake 26-24, 25-22 in the other semifinal match.
In the bronze-medal game it was Meadow Lake getting by Bishop James Mahoney 25-16, 25-14.
St. Mary had a second team entered in the tournament, but that club managed just a 3-3 record and never qualified for the re-pool event. Carlton Crusaders did qualify to get out of the preliminary round as they were second in their pool in the preliminary round with a 4-2 mark, but they posted just two wins in seven games in the re-pool and were stopped from reaching the final four.
At Carlton Comprehensive High School on the weekend, an eight-team senior girl’s event was held with Meadow Lake winning the gold medal with a 25-23, 25-14 verdict over Marion Graham from Saskatoon in the championship final.
The host Crusaders, who were second in the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 10-4 record, won the first set of the bronze-medal match against Waldheim 25-16, but they dropped the next two sets 25-19, 15-9 to finish in fourth place.
St. Mary was also at the tournament and after recording an 8-6 record in the round-robin, they faced Waldheim in a quarter-final match while Yorkton and Meadow Lake squared off in the other quarter-final. Waldheim and Meadow Lake prevailed to face Marion Graham and Carlton, respectively, in the semifinals with Marion Graham getting past Waldheim 25-27, 25-19, 15-5 and Meadow Lake relegating Carlton to the bronze-medal match after a 25-21, 25-19 triumph.
St. Mary will be hosting its own senior girl’s tournament this weekend, with Carlton also competing, while the senior boy’s teams are both off to events in Saskatoon.