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F.P. Walshe Flyers win Westwinds Volleyball League playoff title

Janelle Stockton and Tiegan Trotter of the Flyers defend in the postseason tournament.

Janelle Stockton and Tiegan Trotter of the Flyers defend in the postseason tournament.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers won the Westwinds Volleyball League postseason tournament on Friday. Back row, from left: McKenzie Phillips, Madi Scout, Stephanie Tobler, Janelle Stockton, Abby Bourassa, Sheridan George-Orr, Shelby Scout-Bastien and coach Chris Baxter. Front: Tiegan Trotter, school mascot Angus and Alex Garrett.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers won the Westwinds Volleyball League postseason tournament on Friday. Back row, from left: McKenzie Phillips, Madi Scout, Stephanie Tobler, Janelle Stockton, Abby Bourassa, Sheridan George-Orr, Shelby Scout-Bastien and coach Chris Baxter. Front: Tiegan Trotter, school mascot Angus and Alex Garrett.

Westwinds Volleyball League all-stars Alex Garrett, Janelle Stockton, Abby Bourassa and Stephanie Tobler. Bourassa was also the league's most valuable player.

Westwinds Volleyball League all-stars Alex Garrett, Janelle Stockton, Abby Bourassa and Stephanie Tobler. Bourassa was also the league’s most valuable player.

Abby Bourassa of the Flyers competes in the postseason tournament.

Abby Bourassa of the Flyers competes in the postseason tournament.

F.P. Walshe Flyers had plenty to celebrate on Friday night.
The senior girls team won the Westwinds Volleyball League postseason tournament by going undefeated.
Adding to the celebration was the news Flyer Abby Bourassa was the league’s most valuable player, and teammates Janelle Stockton, Alex Garrett and Stephanie Tobler were league all-stars.
The all-star team includes Jordan Weasel Head and Jurnee Eagle Plume of Kainai; Olivia Citrigno and Eileen Wolf Tail of St. Mike’s; Jenna Nelson and Sofia Hoff of Willow Creek Composite; Anna Entz of Coalhurst; and Selina Barnett of Nobleford.
The postseason tournament opened Thursday with lower-ranked teams playing off.
In one play-in match, Nobleford Blades swept Livingstone Sabres from Lundbreck 25-7 and 28-26.
In the other play-in match J.T. Foster Raiders from Nanton swept Crowsnest Pass Pandas 25-8 and 25-19.
That set up the four quarterfinal matches.
St. Mike’s Dragons from Pincher Creek toasted Nobleford 25-14 and 26-24 to sweep one quarterfinal match.
In another quarterfinal match Willow Creek Composite Cobras earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Matthew Halton Hawks from Pincher Creek.
Matthew Halton won the first set 27-25 but the Cobras fought back to even the match with a 25-18 win to force a tie-breaker. In that game the Cobras prevailed 15-10.
Kainai Lady Warriors gave Coalhurst Trojans everything they could handle in the third semifinal match.
Coalhurst won the first set 25-14 but Kainai fought back to even the match with a 25-17 win in the second set.
Coalhurst prevailed 15-3 in the tie-breaker to advance to the semifinals.
In the final quarterfinal match, tournament host F.P. Walshe Flyers conquered J.T. Foster Raiders 25-21 and 25-10.
The Flyers continued their strong play in the semifinals as they swept Coalhurst 25-20 and 25-13.
In the other semifinal, St. Mike’s swept Willow Creek Composite 25-17 and 25-14.
Willow Creek Composite recovered from that loss to beat Coalhurst 25-17 and 25-18 in the third-place match.
F.P. Walshe completed the tournament unbeaten, sweeping St. Mike’s in the championship match on Friday night.
The Flyers eked out a 25-22 win in the first set and clinched the championship with a 25-13 win in the second set.

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