© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
A member of the Carlton senior girl's volleyball team gets some air during warm-ups prior to a preliminary game against Naicam on Saturday. The Crusaders went on to win the senior girl's title at Carlton while St. Mary captured the senior boy's title in a tournament held at St. Mary High School.
Home court was definitely an advantage as the host teams each won their respective tournaments in high school senior boy’s and girl’s volleyball action on the weekend. At Carlton Comprehensive High School, the host Crusaders won the senior girl’s title with a 25-19, 25-20 decision over the St. Mary Marauders while in the senior boy’s final at St. Mary it was the Marauders prevailing over the Crusaders 25-18, 25-23. The girl’s tournament featured seven teams with Carlton leading the way in the preliminary round with an 11-1 record. The Crusaders received a bye to the semifinals for their performance and in the final four they defeated Walheim to gain a shot at the gold medal. St. Mary, meanwhile, won its final four games of the round-robin to claim third place with a 7-5 mark and in the quarter-finals the Marauders got past Naicam before beating Meadow Lake in the other semifinal tilt. The boy’s event at St. Mary had 16 teams entered with four teams of four playing preliminary round-robin action to determine seeds for the re-pool draw of the tournament. Both St. Mary and Carlton went undefeated in the preliminary draw as did Meadow Lake and Saskatoon’s Holy Cross and in the re-pool St. Mary and Carlton once again moved on without suffering a loss. In semifinal play, St. Mary swept La Loche in two straight sets while Carlton also won both of its sets against Waldheim. Waldheim captured the bronze medal with a thrilling 25-17, 30-28 victory over La Loche while St. Joseph’s from Saskatoon claimed the consolation title with a win over the St. Mary #2 squad.