It might not have been the gold-medal game, but anytime the St. Mary Marauders and Carlton Crusaders meet each other, the intensity is high.
After both local schools lost their semifinal matches, the Marauders and Crusaders squared off against each other in the battle for third place at the St. Mary senior girl’s volleyball tournament on the weekend.
The hosts prevailed 25-19, 25-16 to hand the Crusaders its second straight defeat in a bronze-medal game as they were beaten by Waldheim last week when they hosted their own event at Carlton Comprehensive High School.
St. Mary had breezed through the preliminary round-robin winning all six sets and they were 3-0 in matches during the re-pool portion of the tournament before falling 25-13, 25-19 to Waldheim in the semifinals.
Carlton, meanwhile, was 4-2 in preliminary action and then finished second in the re-pool segment with a 2-1 record before losing 25-21, 25-20 to Saskatoon’s Holy Cross in the other semifinal match.
Holy Cross went on to capture the tournament title with a 25-19, 25-12 decision over Waldheim.
Other local teams entered in the event were from Birch Hills, Rivier and Meath Park, but none of them advanced to the championship draw following the preliminary round-robin.
While the girls were competing at the St. Mary tournament, the senior boy’s teams from both St. Mary and Carlton were at the University of Saskatchewan tournament in Saskatoon.
St. Mary had two teams entered in the event with “A” team losing the consolation final 25-18, 25-21 to Kelvington. The “A” team had finished first in its pool in preliminary action before losing to Saskatoon’s Holy Cross in the semifinals. To reach the consolation final, St. Mary got past Meadow Lake in consolation side semifinal play.
The St. Mary “B” team had a great weekend as they captured the Tier II championship and finished ninth overall in the 24-team field.
Results from the Carlton entry were unavailable.
All senior teams will be on the road now for the next few weekends with all making at least one trip to Alberta for tournament action. The Carlton senior boy’s will be the last local team to host their own event and that will be held the weekend following Thanksgiving beginning on Oct. 12.