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F.P. Walshe Flyers scare up silver at Monster Smash

The F.P. Walshe Flyers won silver last weekend at the Monster Smash tournament at Vulcan. Back row, from left: Alex Garrett, Madison Scout, Sheridan George-Orr, Stephanie Tobler, Mackenzie Phillips and coach Chris Baxter. Front row: Tiegan Trotter, Janelle Stockton, Abby Bourassa and Angie Borrero.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers won silver last weekend at the Monster Smash tournament at Vulcan. Back row, from left: Alex Garrett, Madison Scout, Sheridan George-Orr, Stephanie Tobler, Mackenzie Phillips and coach Chris Baxter. Front row: Tiegan Trotter, Janelle Stockton, Abby Bourassa and Angie Borrero.

F.P. Walshe Flyers mined silver medals last weekend at the Monster Smash high school girls volleyball tournament at Vulcan.
The Flyers soared through round-robin and the playoffs before being grounded by Vauxhall Queens in the finals.
“The girls had another great weekend,” Flyers coach Chris Baxter said.
The Flyers opened round-robin play Friday against Acme.
F.P. Walshe won the first set 25-22 but Acme won the second set 25-21 to split the match.
The Flyers second match was against Taber St. Mary’s Storm.
F.P. Walshe won the first set 25-21 and took the second set 25-22 to sweep the match.
“The girls played some great volleyball in this game,” Baxter said.
In the final match of round-robin the Flyers took on Noble Central Blades from Nobleford.
The Flyers swept this match with wins of 25-18 and 25-17.
F.P. Walshe finished round-robin with five wins and one loss, which put them in first place in their pool.
The Flyers opened the playoff round against J.T. Foster Raiders from Nanton.
The Flyers took no chances in this match, disposing of the Raiders in two straight by scores of 25-9 and 25-6.
Madison Scout of the Flyers served 15 straight points in the second set.
That victory advanced the Flyers to the quarterfinals and a match against Foremost.
The Flyers opened the match with a 25-17 win in the first set, and clinched it with a 25-14 decision in the second set.
From there it was on to the semifinals, where the Flyers battled Picture Butte Queens.
This match was a tough one that required a tie-breaker to determine the winner.
Picture Butte opened the match with a 25-12 win in the first set.
F.P. Walshe battled back to even the match with a 25-15 victory, and then clinched the win with a 16-14 win in the tie-breaker.
“This was one of the best matches of the year,” Baxter said. “The girls fought back hard after a tough first set loss to beat this really good team.”
In the tournament championship match on Saturday night, the Flyers battled the always tough Vauxhall Queens.
Vauxhall demonstrated why they’re one of the top teams in the 2A south zone, sweeping the Flyers 25-12 and 25-12 to win the Monster Smash title.
“It was a tough loss,” Baxter said. “There are some things we need to work on, but I am really pleased with where the girls stand heading into post-season next weekend at home and the following weekend at zones.”

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