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Flyers win title of own preseason tournament

The F.P. Walshe Flyers started the high school boys volleyball season with a tournament championship.

The Flyers won their own preseason tournament by beating the Matthew Halton Hawks on Friday night in a thrilling best-of-three match.

The Flyers are Nate Keller, Ethan Baxter, Travis Loyst, Logan Van Herk, AJ Poytress, Carter Henderson, Logan Boot, Rylan Baxter, Liam Beer, Kornell Van den Hoek, Jacob Allen and Daniel Boot.

Joining the Flyers in the one-day tournament were County Central Hawks from Vulcan, Foremost Flyers, Matthew Halton Hawks from Pincher Creek and Noble Central Blades from Nobleford.

The Flyers opened round-robin at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon against Noble Central Blades.

The Flyers opened that match with a 25-17 win in the first set and followed with a decisive 25-6 verdict in the second set.

The Flyers were back on the court at 4:30 p.m. against Foremost Flyers.

F.P. Walshe won the first set 25-2 and completed the sweep with a 25-22 decision in the second set.

The Flyers found themselves right back in action Friday against Matthew Halton Hawks.

The Flyers dominated the first set 25-8 and clinched the match with  25-17 win in the second set.

The Flyers concluded the round-robin portion of the tournament with a match against County Central Hawks.

With first place already secured, the Flyers made sure everyone got playing time in their final match, as County Central won 25-19 and 25-18.

The Flyers finished in top spot with six wins and two losses, followed by Matthew Halton (5-3), County Central (4-4), Nobleford (3-5) and Foremost (2-6).

Only the top two teams after round-robin made the playoffs, with F.P. Walshe meeting Matthew Halton in the finals.

Matthew Halton surprised F.P. Walshe 27-25 in the first set but the Flyers rallied to beat the Hawks 25-16 in the second set.

The Hawks jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the tie-breaker but the Flyers steeled their nerves and came back to win 15-12 to claim the championship.

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