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Central, Vanier advance to semifinal of 4A boys volleyball provincials

Local teams reach final four after each finishing second in round robin pools
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The Vanier Vikings are in the semifinal at the 4A boy high school volleyball provincials.
The Central Cyclones and Vanier Vikings will be playing for medals at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association 4A volleyball provincials.

The only question now is what colour.

Both teams advance to the semifinals at the 10-team tournament taking place in Moose Jaw this weekend after finishing in second in their respective round-robin pools.

For regional champion Central, that involved a marquee match-up in their final preliminary round-robin game, as they took on fellow undefeated Meadow Lake to close out action in Pool A on Saturday morning. The Spartans took a 25-18, 25-21 victory to finish 4-0, Central landed at 3-1.

Vanier, meanwhile, had an easier task of it to wrap up Pool B play, as they rolled to 25-22, 25-11 victory over winless Tisdale to finish with a 3-1 mark.

The Peacock Toilers also picked up a big win in their final Pool B game, downing Tisdale 25-17, 23-25, 15-9 to finish 1-3 and earn the fourth playoff spot.

They were unable to keep the momentum going, though as they dropped a 25-10, 25-14 decision to Meadow Lake in their quarter-final contest.

Things went much better for Vanier and Central in their playoff openers, with straight-set victories over their opponents.

The Vikings rolled to a 25-20, 25-15 win over Saskatoon E.D. Feehan, while the Cyclones downed the Melfort Comets 25-18, 25-16 to book their semifinal spot.

There, Vanier will face Meadow Lake at Vanier, while Central will battle North Battleford John Paul II at Central, with both games at 3 p.m.

The winners will advance to the gold medal game at 5:30 p.m. with the losers dropping to the bronze medal game at 4:30 p.m. Both contests are at Vanier.

At the 2A boys provincials in St. Walburg, the Cornerstone Christian School Falcons will also be playing for a medal.

The Falcons lost their opener 25-23, 16-25, 15-6 to St. Walburg to open the tournament but have gone unbeaten since, finishing the round robin in first in Pool B with a 3-1 record.

That included a 25-12, 25-15 win over Meath Park, 25-21-25-18 win over Sturgis and 25-17, 25-13 victory offer Harvest City to reach the quarter-finals.

There, Cornerstone continued their roll will a 25-17, 25-18 victory over Langenburg.

The Falcons face the winner of Bellevue and Sturgis in their semifinal contest and will play in the gold medal game at 5:30 p.m. with a win.