December 14, 2019 – Barrie, ON: On this rainy December Saturday, the Crusaders began their day on court two ready to play. Our first opponents were the West Nipissing Wild team. Right on time with a 9am start with Sarah serving two aces to kick things off. Two hits from Wild tied up the game at 2-2. A quick hit by Bronwynn and a hit by Kelsi brought our lead to 4-2. Great digs from Bella and a kill from Sam increased our lead to 10-07. Taya served a few zingers and our lead increased again to a score of 12-09. With Sydney’s consistent serves and great defence, the Crusaders took a 18-11 lead. Good plays saw us with the win of 25-15.
A change of sides saw a great dig by Jamie and a kill by Kelsi to claim the first point. Tied up at 7-7 with a solid swing by Sierra. A good dig by Jennisse and a solid hit by Sydney renewed the team’s focus. Several net violations however saw us trailing at 09-12. Deb called a time out to regroup the girls. Some hits were going out of bounds and after some substitutions the Rebels tied up the score at 13. Strong serving from Sydney saw us take the lead at 17-14. Strong defence coupled with great offence brought us to a 22-15 lead. Sierra served one that dropped just over the net and got us the final point with a win of 25-17.
With snow now falling the girls had a quick break and then were back on the court to face the Venom Vipers. The teams were trading point for point with an early score of 4-4. Playing a little inconsistently we were down early at 06-08. Deb called the first time out at 06-10. A solid block for the first point back on the court however, was followed with some out of bound hits. The girls bounced back and with consistent serving and solids blocks the girls took the lead at 14-13. Venom now took a time out with DRVC up 18-14. Venom was challenging the Crusaders and Deb called second time out while we were up 20-19. After a few strong serves the Venom coach called their second time out with Crusaders leading 23-20. Sweet kill by Taya to end the game with a 25-21 win.
The second set started with some missed serves and balls hit out and coach Deb called time out at 04-09. This seemed to re-energize the team resulting in awesome cross court hits and solid defence tied the score at 10. Trading points back and forth the score was now tied at 15. Good plays made for a tight game with Crusaders down 18-20. Keeping focussed the girls tied the game at 21 and Venom called a time out with our lead now at 23-21. Strong serves to end the game with a 25-21 win!!! Undefeated in pool play!!!!
After a long break (lunch/by) we were facing the Georgian Cubs. It was a strong start with excellent serves and kills resulting in a 15-07 lead. Using the entire court and quicks to take a lead of 22-09. Squeaker serve just rolling over the net finishes the game with a win at 25-10.
Rebels Fanwear is available to order from November 15-18. Attend one of our fittings nights at Saint Charles Garnier Secondary School on November 15 & 16 from 7-9 p.m. to try on sample clothing. This year we will offer hoodies (zip and pullover), long sleeved, and short sleeved t-shirts in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes. If you can’t attend the fitting night and know your size, simply send your order form and payment to the fitting night with someone else. Samples will only be available at our fitting nights and this will be your only opportunity to order fan wear this season. Orders not submitted at fitting night can be dropped off. Contact your team’s parent rep for the drop-off address and details.
Anyone can order fan wear and we look forward to seeing lots of blue and orange in our fan sections this season!
It all started on Sat Jan 14 in Richmond Hill at the 16U Challenge Cup. The girls were off to a quick start against EVC taking both sets easily with great passing and an amazing block winning 25-8 and 25-14. Next match was against the Clarington Grizzles which they won both sets 25-19 and 25-11. The Rebels finished 1st in their pool and after an extended break, the next match was against the Kawartha Krushers. The Rebels were energized and with a beautiful tip took the set 25-7. They started the 2nd set with a streak of very strong serving which quickly pulled the Rebels ahead winning 25-12. Off to the semi finals to meet Durham Attack Red. This was a very intense point for point start with Attack overcoming DRVC winning both sets 26-24 and 25-19. This loss left the Rebels playing for Bronze. The Rebels pulled together to finish the day. The Rebels took an early lead against a very tall E381 team. With great team work and perseverance the girls rally together to win 25-23 and 25-17 winning Bronze. Coach Koot was very pleased with the days results.
No time for rest as it was a double header weekend with the Rebels on the road and headed to Kingston on Sunday for the 15U Challenge Cup. The first game of the day was against Peterborough Thunder Red which was very close point-for-point set. The girls won this intense set 25-23 and then took the 2nd set 25-17. In the next game they faced the Ottawa Maverick Stampede. The opponent was ready for the Rebels and won the first set 25-11. After this loss, Coach Koot had some very encouraging words for the girls. They won the 2nd set 25-19 as they capitalized in gaining points after a long run of great serves. This brought them to a tie breaker but the mighty Mavericks won 15-8. This left the Rebels 2nd in their pool after pool play. Next came the Cornwall Vikings Bellatrix. The Rebels easily won the match 25-11 with a little tougher 2nd set still winning 25-23. Off to the semis to meet another Ottawa team the Maverick Trailblazers. The Rebels had their work cut out for them as the Trailblazers lead for most of the set but were eventually able to gain control winning 25-20 and 25-19. After a brief break and refueling the Rebels were off to the finals against Durham Attack Red. The girls were pumped and started strong. The game was full of strong swings and beautiful blocks. The girls had DA on the run picking corners on the court and great ball placement down the lines. The Rebels were on fire winning 25-15 and 25-17 to bring home Gold!
What an amazing weekend as Coach Koot’s goal was for the girls to place in this double header weekend which they definitely did – a Bronze and a Gold. These girls definitely bleed orange! Way to go Rebels!
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