Daily Herald Staff
Winning the province is one thing. Playing against the best from the rest of the country is another and unfortunately for the Prince Albert Volleyball Club’s Smashing Bananas their season came to an end with a string of losses at the U18 boy’s Canadian Open in Edmonton on the weekend.
Things started out well for the Smashing Bananas as they defeated the Winnipeg Revolution 25-21, 25-23 in their first match and followed a 25-19, 25-15 setback against the Aurora Storm Fury with a 25-23, 25-14 triumph over the Clarenville Cougars from Newfoundland.
That would be the last set they would win, however, as losses to London LVC Fire (25-21, 25-17), eventual champion Calgary Canuck Dinos (25-16, 25-11) and the Victoria Chargers (25-21, 25-17) dropped them into the Tier 3 quarter-finals where they would be eliminated with a 25-20, 25-12 loss to the Surrey U18 Air Attack.
The results certainly don’t speak to how the team played and conducted itself this year as they club was competitive in every event in which they participated.
Two more Smashing Bananas teams will have a shot at the higher level of competition next weekend as the U15 boys are in Regina while the U16 boys travel to Calgary. Both will be vying for the Western Canadian championship in their respective divisions.