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F.P. Walshe Flyers capture silver medals at provincials

Provincial silver medalist F.P. Walshe Flyers. Back row, from left: coach Fonda Vadnais, Emily Eremenko, Shelby Lyke, Cassidy Nathe, Jamie Brown and coach Bobbi Curran. Front row, from left: Abby Bourassa, Brooke Pansky, Janelle Stockton, Andie Curran, Danielle Hedley and Brooklyn Bourassa.

Provincial silver medalist F.P. Walshe Flyers. Back row, from left: coach Fonda Vadnais, Emily Eremenko, Shelby Lyke, Cassidy Nathe, Jamie Brown and coach Bobbi Curran. Front row, from left: Abby Bourassa, Brooke Pansky, Janelle Stockton, Andie Curran, Danielle Hedley and Brooklyn Bourassa.

F.P. Walshe Flyers mined silver at the provincial 2A high school girls volleyball championships at Vauxhall.
The Flyers played strong throughout the three-day tournament to reach the finals, where they fell to Edmonton Christian Lions.
“We are so extremely proud of the girls,” Flyers coach Bobbi Curran said. “They truly played their best this weekend.
“Throughout the season we had been inconsistent but the girls played their game in Vauxhall,” Curran said. “The Vauxhall coach said it best in closing remarks. He had been watching us all season and knew we had the horses — it just depended if we came to play. And we did come to play.”
The Flyers opened the tournament Thursday with a 25-14 and 25-19 sweep of Kate Andrews Pride from Coaldale.
Round-robin play continued at 9 a.m. Friday with the Flyers earning a hard-fought win over Strathcona-Tweedsmuir Spartans from Okotoks.
The Flyers opened the match with a 27-25 win but the Spartans took the second set 25-18 to force a tiebreaker.
F.P. Walshe pulled off a narrow 15-13 win in the third set to win the match.
The Flyers in their next round-robin match Friday swept Spirit River Renegades 25-22 and 25-14.
In the final match of the day the Flyers squared off against Edmonton Christian Lions in a preview of the championship match.
The Flyers suffered their first setback in the tournament as the Lions scratched out wins of 25-20 and 25-15 to win the match.
The Flyers wrapped up round-robin Saturday against John Maland Wildcats from Devon. The Wildcats won the first set 25-23 but the Flyers rallied to win the next two 25-14 and 15-13.
Edmonton Christian placed first in the pool after going undefeated (10-0) in round-robin.
The Flyers placed second (8-4), followed by Spirit River (6-5), Strathcona-Tweedsmuir (6-6), Kate Andrews (2-8) and John Maland (1-10).
Rimbey Spartans (10-2) placed first in the other pool, followed by Vauxhall Queens (7-5), Vegreville Cougars (5-6), Rundle College Cobras (4-6), Glenmary Saints (4-6) and St. Joseph’s Crusaders (3-8) from Brooks.
In the quarterfinals on Saturday the Flyers charmed Rundle College Cobras by back-to-back 25-21 scores.
That sent F.P. Walshe into a tough semifinal match against Rimbey Spartans.
The Flyers won the first set 25-22 but Rimbey took the second 27-25. In the third and deciding set, F.P. Walshe prevailed 15-11.
That propelled the Flyers into the championship match and a rematch with Edmonton Christian, who reached the finals by beating Spirit River 27-25 and 25-16 in the semifinals.
The Lions opened the championship match with a 25-21 win, and then claimed the 2A title with a hard-fought 27-25 win in the second set.
“The teamwork was what got us to the end,” Curran said. “We are so proud of the silver medal. In a game as close as it was in the final, we are winners too.”
The Flyers received a boost at the tournament from Ty Odney, who dressed as F.P. Walshe school mascot Angus and got the crowd going.
Curran also noted the team benefitted from assistant coach Trent Ducharme throughout the season.

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