© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
Cole Sanderson of the Carlton Crusaders gives direction to a teammate as to where to serve the ball during a preliminary contest against Centennial Collegiate at the annual Carlton invitational senior boy's volleyball tournament on the weekend.
St. Mary Marauders struggled a bit in round-robin play, but when it came to the playoff round there was no stopping them as they swept all three matches to capture the gold medal at the Carlton Classic invitational senior boy’s volleyball tournament on the weekend. The Marauders finished second in their pool in the preliminary round with a 4-1 record, but they beat Waldheim in straight sets in their first playoff match to set up a semifinal tilt against the host Crusaders. St. Mary won that match 25-8, 25-22 and then got past Centennial Collegiate from Saskatoon 25-17, 25-19 in the championship game. Carlton, which had breezed through their preliminary schedule with five straight victories and followed that up with a win over Regina Leboldus in the first round of the playoffs, had to settle for the bronze medal as they defeated Meadow Lake 25-20, 25-21. The senior girl’s teams from both schools were also in action this weekend with St. Mary losing 25-23, 26-24 in a semifinal match against the host Meadow Lake squad while the Carlton senior girls were at a tournament in Saskatoon, but results were unavailable. All four high school teams will be in Saskatoon this coming weekend for the annual Mustang Volley at Mount Royal Collegiate and then next week city finals in both divisions will be held with the girls playing Oct. 29 at Carlton and the boys meeting one night later at St. Mary.