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F.P. Walshe Flyers capture silver medals at zone final

F.P. Walshe Flyers

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

F.P. Walshe Flyers are off to the 2A high school provincial girls volleyball championships.
The Flyers advanced to the Nov. 26-28 provincials at Vauxhall on the strength of a second-place finish last weekend at the zone tournament at Lethbridge College.
“We are excited to be off to provincials,” Flyers coach Bobbi Curran said.
The Flyers were in a pool with County Central Hawks from Vulcan, Kate Andrews Pride from Coaldale, Picture Butte Queens and Raymond Comets.
The other pool consisted of Vauxhall Queens, St. Mary’s Auroras from Taber, Immanuel Christian Eagles, Magrath Pandas and Willow Creek Composite Cobras from Claresholm,
Round-robin play opened Thursday at the college with the Flyers taking on County Central.
The No. 1-ranked Flyers opened the match with a 25-18 win over the Hawks and clinched the sweep by the same score in the second set.
Kate Andrews presented the Flyers with a tough challenge in their second match on Thursday.
The Flyers edged the Pride 25-22 in the first set, but Kate Andrews turned the tables with a 25-22 win in the second set.
The Flyers won the match with a 15-12 victory in the tie-breaker.
F.P. Walshe then crowned Picture Butte Queens 25-16 and 25-22 in their only match on Friday.
Round-robin play wrapped up on Saturday with the Flyers sweeping Raymond 25-17 and 25-11.
Their record of eight wins and one loss put the Flyers in top spot in their pool followed by Kate Andrews, Raymond, County Central and Picture Butte.
Vauxhall went undefeated to place first in the other pool, followed by St. Mary’s, Magrath, Immanuel Christian and Willow Creek.
In quarterfinal games St. Mary’s beat Raymond and Kate Andrews topped Magrath.
The Flyers met St. Mary’s in one semifinal match, sweeping the Auroras 25-7 and 25-19.
“The girls played their best in the semifinals against St Mary’s,” Curran said. “They worked as a team and each player did their job and it showed on the scoreboard as well as in their performance.”
“When they execute the things they have practiced all season the team can do great things and it is exciting to see the team’s growth.”
Kate Andrews upset No. 2-ranked Vauxhall 25-23 in the first set of the other semifinal, but the Queens rallied to win the next two 25-17 and 25-8.
That set up a championship match between the Flyers and Queens.
“I think some nervousness got to some in the final game,” Curran said. “We have a mental weakness every time we play Vauxhall and it cost us.”
Vauxhall claimed the zone gold medals by sweeping the Flyers 25-14 and 26-24.
In the bronze medal match Kate Andrews swept St. Mary’s 25-14 and 25-23.

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