Vikings victory keeps consolation hopes alive
by Randy Pascal
The steady progression of the Lockerby Vikings senior girls volleyball team continues.
Taking a very young squad to the OFSAA "AAA" playdowns a year ago, coach Stephen Beausoleil and company failed to hit the win column, going "0 for
4" in North Bay.
Returning no less than nine players from that crew, including several who will be back for the 2017-2018 campaign, the Lockerby girls found themselves
right in the mix, travelling to the 2017 OFSAA "AA" Girls Volleyball Championship in Belleville this week.
Seeded 11th in a field of twenty teams, the Vikings knew that their hopes of advancing to the championship flight would likely be heavily affected by
their opening encounter, a Monday morning matchup with the #6 seed St Mary's Crusaders from Hamilton.
The middle of the pack battle lived up to expectations, going the full three sets as Lockerby fell 26-24, 19-25, 18-25 to St Mary's. From there, the
rankings would remain true to form, as the NOSSA champs swept the Streetsville Tigers (#20) in two straight games (25-14, 25-17), before settling for a
split once again on day two.
The Vikings remained competitive against the top-seeded Riverside Rebels from Windsor, but could not get over the hump, losing 20-25, 20-25, and then
took care of business against the Fort Frances Muskies (#16) in straight sets (25-16, 29-27).
A third place finish relegated Beausoleil's troops to the consolation round, where they advanced to semi-final play late Tuesday with a three set sweep
over the Francis Libermann Falcons from Toronto, winning 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 against the fourth place team in Pool "B".
The locals have now moved on to face the St James Lions from Guelph, as the CWOSSA reps entered the tournament seeded 12th overall before sliding
in at fourth place in Pool "C" with a record of 1-3.
That game is taking place at 9:00 a.m., with the consolation final slated for 1:00 p.m. against the winner of the match pitting Father Michael
McGivney (Brampton) against College Avenue Secondary School (Woodstock).
Riverside, Silverthorn C.I., Corpus Christi and St Mary's form the Final Four on the championship side of the draw.