St. Mary Marauders dropped just one game en route to capturing the senior boy’s volleyball title at the 25th annual Mustang Volley tournament at Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon on the weekend.
The Marauders, who are the three-time defending Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association 5A senior boy’s champions, swept through the preliminary round-robin with a 6-0 record against Saskatoon’s St. Joseph’s and Centennial, plus Birch Hills, and then in the championship pool round-robin they were 9-1 against Regina Campbell, Meadow Lake, Carlton Comprehensive High School, St. Joseph’s and Holy Cross, also from Saskatoon. In the match against Carlton, St. Mary prevailed 29-27, 25-12.
Carlton, who advanced to the championship round with a 3-3 mark in the preliminary draw, struggled in the playoffs as they were 1-9 and failed to advance to the semifinals.
St. Mary’s performance in the championship draw got them a spot in the final four where they met Holy Cross and after 25-16, 25-19 decision they took on Meadow Lake for the gold medal. Again it was a straight-set victory as St. Mary won 25-19, 25-20.
St. Mary also collected a couple of individual honours as Riley Houle was named the tournament’s most valuable player while Aaron Halyk was selected to the all-star team. Houle also won a spiking contest with Austin Olexsyn setting the ball for him in that event.
In the girl’s draw, St. Mary again had a strong showing as they were 5-1 in preliminary round-robin action against Virden and Saskatoon’s Mount Royal and Marion Graham and then in the championship round-robin draw they were 6-4 against Regina Campbell, Greenall, Marion Graham and two more Saskatoon schools – Holy Cross and Evan Hardy. That performance was good enough to get them into the semifinals, but a 17-25, 25-23, 15-11 loss to the eventual tournament champion, Holy Cross, ended any chance of a St. Mary sweep at the tournament.
Brianne Murray of the Marauders was selected to the tournament all-star team.
Carlton was also in the senior girl’s draw, but after posting a 1-5 mark against Campbell Collegiate from Regina, Portage La Prairie and Holy Cross in preliminary round-robin play, they were relegated to the consolation draw.
The Crusaders registered a 7-3 record against Virden, Portage La Prairie, Waldheim, Weyburn and Mount Royal in that portion of the tournament, but a 25-17, 25-20 loss to Portage La Prairie in the consolation semifinals put them on the sidelines.
Tournament action continues this coming weekend with the St. Mary senior girls in Hague and the Carlton senior boys in Moose Jaw. St. Mary senior boys and Carlton senior girls are taking the weekend off.
There will be one more weekend of tournament action early in November before regional playoffs are held in both divisions. Provincial tournaments are scheduled for the middle of next month.