The Swift Current Comp. Senior Colts volleyball team won their second tournament of the season in Regina Saturday.
The Colts defeated the host Regina Campbell Tartans in three games in the championship match. Swift Current won the first set convincingly 25-12 but Campbell answered right back with a 25-9 win in the second set. Swift Current edged the Tartans 15-13 in the third and deciding set to claim the tournament title.
"Over the last couple of years we have always had bad luck at this tournament," explained head coach Dan Andrie. "It was nice to finally come away with a victory. Even though we played an inconsistent game throughout the weekend, it is a great sign to see our guys pull through when it really counts."
The Colts had finished second in their round robin pool with a 4-4 record. They defeated Weyburn in straight sets, before splitting matches with Nipawin and Mossbank. The Colts finished the round robin with a straight-set loss to Campbell.
The Colts turned it on in the playoffs with a win over Regina O’Neill (25-20, 25-17) in the quarter-finals. The Colts needed three sets in the semi-finals to get past Regina Balfour. They won the opener 25-15 but then lost 15-25 in the second set only to earn a 15-11 win in the third set.
Andrie felt his team stepped up when it counted.
“I was really impressed with the way our team played in pressure situations, especially when we were tied 7-7 against Balfour in the third set and also when we were tied 13-13 in the third set of the final against Campbell.”
Andrie felt there were plenty of positives to take from the weekend.
"Our leaders stepped up when it counted and our young setters handled the pressure well. Our energy dictates our play, when we talk during the game and stay positive we are a completely different team then if we get down on ourselves throughout the match. We out-served and out-passed our opponents during the clutch situations which was the key to our success.”
The Colts had opened the season with a gold medal in Lumsden, won the consolation final in Saskatoon, and placed second in their home tournament.
The Colts are now looking forward to this weekend’s tournament on Moose Jaw where all of the South Region teams will be competing, affording them an excellent chance to secure a high ranking at Regionals on Nov. 8-9.