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F.P. Walshe Flyers rise to fourth at 2A south zone tournament

Abby Bourassa and Tiegan Trotter of the Flyers defend against Raymond in the bronze medal match.

Abby Bourassa and Tiegan Trotter of the Flyers defend against Raymond in the bronze medal match.

Janelle Stockton of the Flyers digs a ball in the bronze medal playoff.

Janelle Stockton of the Flyers digs a ball in the bronze medal playoff.

Stephanie Tobler of the Flyers defends at the net against Raymond Comets.

Stephanie Tobler of the Flyers defends at the net against Raymond Comets.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers capped the 2017 senior high girls volleyball season with a strong showing at the 2A south zones tournament.
The fifth-ranked Flyers improved their standing with a fourth-place finish in the three-day tournament at Lethbridge College.
The tournament started Thursday with 10 teams split into two pools.
The Flyers, Vauxhall Queens, Kate Andrews Pride, County Central Hawks and Willow Creek Composite Cobras were in Pool A.
Pool B was made up of Magrath Pandas, Raymond Comets, St. Mary’s Storm, Immanuel Christian Eagles and Kainai Lady Warriors.
The Flyers opened the tournament with a 26-24 and 25-16 sweep of Willow Creek Cobras.
In their second match of the day the Flyers made short work of Kate Andrews, winning two sets by scores of 25-8 and 25-14.
On Friday the Flyers met the No. 1-ranked Vauxhall Queens in their first match of the day.
The Queens demonstrated why they are so highly ranked, sweeping the Flyers 25-17 and 25-16.
F.P. Walshe shook that loss off quickly and closed out the round-robin Friday evening by sweeping County Central 25-13 and 25-20.
Vauxhall went undefeated in round-robin to finish on top of Pool A with a perfect 4-0 record.
F.P. Walshe was second with three wins and a loss, followed by Kate Andrews (2-2), County Central (1-3) and Willow Creek Composite (0-4).
Magrath topped Pool B with a 4-0 record, followed by Raymond (3-1), St. Mary’s (2-2), Immanuel Christian (1-3) and Kainai (0-4).
Willow Creek Composite and Kainai were eliminated from further competition, with the other teams advancing to the playoff round on Saturday.
In one quarterfinal match the Flyers disposed of St. Mary’s Storm in two sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-18.
In the other quarterfinal match Raymond needed three sets to defeat Kate Andrews.
Raymond beat the Pride 27-25 in the first set but Kate Andrews rallied to win the second set 25-16. Raymond won the tie-breaker 15-5.
With the victory, F.P. Walshe advanced to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon against Magrath, while Raymond took on Vauxhall.
The Flyers battled but could not overcome Magrath, falling in two sets by identical scores of 25-22.
Vauxhall had an easier time against Raymond, sweeping the match 25-22 and 25-11.
Vauxhall and Magrath moved on to the gold medal match Saturday night, while F.P. Walshe and Raymond battled for bronze.
The Flyers and Comets, who had not faced each other this season, matched up well in the bronze medal match.
Raymond opened with a 25-18 win in the first set, then clinched the victory with a 25-20 decision in the second set.
In the gold medal match, Vauxhall swept Magrath 25-15 and 25-18. Both teams advance to the provincials.
The Flyers are Alex Garrett, Tess Luther, Abby Bourassa, Angie Borrera, Mckenzie Phillips, Sidney Wolff, Janelle Stockton, Sheridan George-Orr, Stephanie Tobler, Madison Scout, Shelby Scout-Bastien, Tiegan Trotter, Ashley Smith and Arianna Prairie Chicken.
Coach is Chris Baxter and assistant coach is Ashley Luther.

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