GODERICH – The DCVI Junior girls volleyball team braved the winter weather on Saturday to compete in their second tournament of the season.
After a long drive, the team started slow against South Huron Panthers. After finding their legs, the girls played some better volleyball and were able to win both sets.
The strong serving a Ashlyn Maxwell and the hitting of Ashlyn Thomson helped the team earn the points they needed for the victory.
Their second match was against Central Huron Phoenix and the team was again able to win two sets. Bea Thomson played well at the net, while Ashley Rock did a good job setting the ball for her hitters.
Playing against a strong Goderich 'A' team in the third set, Salukis continued their strong play. Jessica Palmer had some good hits from the left side of the court and Madeline McKitterick used her height to put up a couple of strong blocks and register victories in both sets.
In their fourth match, the team played the Goderich 'B' team and struggled to find consistency in their play during first set. Despite their average play, Salukis were able continue their winning ways earning victories in both sets.
Off-side player Emmy Thyne hit a couple of serves and continued to learn her position on the right side of the court.
Chesley high school was St. Marys’ next oppnent, and the girls kept rolling. Jensen Dundas and Kylie Frayne played well in the libero position and were able to make some good defensive plays that helped their team win two more sets.
Heading into their sixth match of the day, Salukis had yet to lose a set. However, they were in for some tough competition from Saugeen Shores Royals from Port Elgin.
After a long day of volleyball, the team started to falter and lost the first set to a strong Saugeen team.
However, Salukis rebounded to win the second set and finished first after round-robin play.
Grace Braun played well in the offside position, contributing some key points when the team needed it.
The Jr. Salukis were in for a re-match in the final as they would play Saugeen Shores Royals for the championship.
The team started out very strong, with great serving from Ashlyn Maxwell and strong defensive play from Shaelyn Lindner.
In the best-of-three final, Salukis needed one more win to clinch the championship. Despite coming back from a six-point deficit, the team wasn’t able to win the second set and a third and final set to 15 points needed to be played.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the third set as both teams played scrappy defence. With the Royals leading 8-7 at the changeover, Salukis relied on Shaelyn Lindner to serve out the match.
Lindner reeled off seven consecutive points as the team finished strong with a 15-8 win.
Salukis continue their Huron-Perth season with four matches this week. The girls play at home on Tuesday against Listowel and Mitchell, and travel back to Goderich on Thursday to play Exeter South Huron and the host Vikings.