Facing a two-set deficit to a higher-ranked team, it would have been easy for Portage Collegiate to conclude this simply wasn’t their night and wrap up their season.
But the underdog Saints came marching back Wednesday, punching their ticket to the girls AAAA provincial high school volleyball final in stunning fashion. The No. 3 squad rallied to beat No. 2 Lord Selkirk Royals 20-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-8.
Volleyball is quite a momentum game. We had the momentum, we were passing a lot better, we were serving so much tougher than we were in the first two sets," said Portage libero Justice Bryson, named her team’s player of the game.
They’ll face one more major challenge in the form of the the top-ranked Collège Jeanne-Sauvé Olympiens, who got by No. 5 Mennonite Brethren Hawks 25-13, 26-24, 23-25, 25-15. The final is set for Monday at 6 p.m. at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre.
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