The St. Mary Marauders continued their domination of cross-town rival Carlton as they outscored the Crusaders 28-26, 25-19 in the championship final of Mustang Volley in Saskatoon on the weekend.
St. Mary has had Carlton’s number this year in senior boy’s volleyball action having beaten the Crusaders in the championship final of their own tournament last month and then getting past Carlton in the semifinals at the Crusader Classic just over a week ago.
The two rivals will have at least one more opportunity to go head-to-head when they meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at St. Mary High School to determine the city champion.
At Mustang Volley, St. Mary breezed through the preliminary round with a 5-1 mark and then in the playoff round they finished second to Carlton with a 6-4 mark. The Crusaders were 6-0 in the preliminary round-robin draw and then went 9-1 in the six-team playoff pool.
St. Mary then faced Regina Campbell in semifinal action and with a 25-17, 25-20 triumph in that match they moved on to face Carlton for the gold medal. The Crusaders needed three sets to gain the other berth in the championship game as they defeated Saskatoon Centennial 28-26, 19-25, 15-7 in the other semifinal tilt.
Not surprisingly, Prince Albert players dominated the all-star team as Aaron Halyk, Austin Olexsyn and Evan Parchomchuk from St. Mary and Matt Meyer and Cole Sanderson from Carlton all made the elite team. Halyk was also named the tournament’s most valuable player.
In the senior girl’s division at Mustang Volley it was Carlton winning the bronze medal with a 27-25, 25-16 triumph over Weyburn.
The Crusaders were a perfect 6-0 in preliminary round-robin action and then went 7-3 in the playoff pool to qualify as the second seed for the semifinal round. The run for a gold medal came to an end there, however, as Marion Graham from Saskatoon outlasted Carlton 15-25, 25-20, 14-16.
St. Mary senior girls were also at the event, but a 2-4 record in preliminary round-robin action dropped them down to the consolation pool where they were eliminated after going 3-7.
Kaila Gavel from Carlton was the lone Prince Albert player to make the senior girl’s all-star team, but Melanie Heleta (setter) and Breanne Murray (hitter) from St. Mary won the spiking contest.
Carlton and St. Mary will get a chance to get reacquainted with one another on Tuesday when the city senior girl’s volleyball championship will be decided at Carlton beginning at 6 p.m.
All four high school teams are gearing up for the run to provincials as the senior girl’s regionals will be held in Melfort on Nov. 8-9 while the boys will travel to Meadow Lake that same weekend.
Provincial finals in both divisions will be held on Nov. 15-16.