With the way things work at the Volleyball Canada youth national championships, all it takes is getting hot at the right time and a gold medal could be within your reach.
The Golden Ticket Volleyball Club offered a perfect example at the 18U national championship in Calgary this past weekend.
After posting 1-2 records in both their preliminary and power pool round robins, the GTVC got on a roll in the Tier 4 playoffs, reeling off three straight wins to claim top spot in the division.
It’s the second gold medal in as many weeks for the local club after their 14U girls took top spot in Tier 11 at nationals in Winnipeg last weekend.
Golden Ticket found themselves in a pair of close matches to open the tournament, taking a 31-29, 21-25, 15-4 loss to B.C.’s ALPHA 18U to go along with a 20-25, 25-20, 15-8 win over Alberta’s Storm VC. They also dropped a 25-16, 25-19 decision to Alberta’s White Eagles to finish 1-2 in their first round robin.
GTVC dropped another close match to open power pool play, falling 25-23, 23-25, 15-10 to B.C.’s Genesis Athletics Club, but rebounded to defeat Alberta’s HAVC 26-24, 25-19. A 25-15, 25-21 loss to Chargers Red from B.C. gave Golden Ticket their second 1-2 mark, sending them to the Tier 4 playoffs.
It was nothing but success from there, as GTVC took a 25-22, 25-21 win over the Makwa Rebels before getting a measure of revenge with a two-game sweep of Genesis Athletics in the semifinal.
That sent Golden Ticket into the Tier 4 gold medal game, and they’d emerge victorious with a 2-1 victory over B.C.’s Apex Apocalypse.
You can check out all the national championship results from both the Golden Ticket Volleyball Club and the Thunder Creek Volleyball Club at www.iset.net.