WATERLOO – The Ancaster Lions Volleyball Club finished its season with a strong showing at the provincial championships in the 18-Under girls’ division, advancing to the Ontario Volleyball Association’s quarter-finals.
Ranked No. 22 going into the April 24-26 tournament, the Lions upset three higher-ranked teams on their way to the playoff round.
The Lions started the championships at Waterloo’s RIM Park slowly, losing all three matches in pool play Friday. But the team re-focused the next day, beating the No. 13 seed Durham Attack in three sets, 19-25, 25-13, 15-10. Ancaster then squared off against a tough ACTS Elite team from Orangeville, seeded No. 19. The Lions dropped the first set, 27-25, and trailed 23-20 in the second before clawing their way back to win 26-24 and force a third set. They trailed 12-8 in the third, but mounted a furious comeback, going on a 7-1 run to take the set 15-13 and the match 2-1.
The Lions dropped their only match of the day in a late-evening contest against the No. 20 North Bay Lakers.
The Lions took on the No. 21 Cornwall Viking Invaders in Sunday morning’s playoffs. Ancaster took a few points to wake up, battling to a 25-19 win in the first set before sending the Vikings home with a convincing 25-11 second-set victory. The Lions then met the Waterloo Tigers in the quarter-finals, but couldn’t handle a strong team playing in its home city. The No. 12 Tigers, who went on to win the Division 2 gold, ended the Lions’ season with a 25-13, 25-18 sweep.
The Lions’ 18U team was coached by Ed Bosveld (head coach) and assistant coach Karen Wikkerink.
Next season the club will introduce a 13U girls’ team.