The Mountain Volleyball Club 17U Girls team won the gold medal at the Canadian Open Championships held in Toronto. Ranked 13th in the 43-team Division 2, the MVC 17U girls went undefeated throughout the tournament.
Hamilton finished first in their opening pool defeating Niagara Rapids, 25-19, 25-18; Edmonton Fury, 25-17, 25-22, and the Prairie Portage Fire, 25-14, 25-6. Re-seeded in the power pools, MVC continued with a win over Montreal College Jean Edudes, 25-21, 21-25, 15-9; Toronto West, 25-20, 25-12, and Oshawa DRVC, 25-15, 25-19.
In the quarter finals, the Hamilton team won 25-14, 25-12 over the North Bay Lakers and repeated against the Winnipeg Vision Wild, 25-18, 16-25, 25-9, in the semifinals. MVC 17U finished undefeated overall with a 25-23, 25-22 win over the Aurora Storm Twister to win the championship match.
MVC 17U team athletes include: Stoney Creek’s Caitlin Genovy and Kirsten Bialachowski; Waterdown’s Brooke Lahaie, Randi Carey, and Leah Feuerstake; Hamilton’s Jessica Klassen, Ina Onat, Kaitlyn Mattiozzi, and Maicee Sorensen; Dundas’ Leah Sharp; Ancaster’s Mary-Kate Alliston; and Grimsby’s Olivia Colling.