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  • Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

    High school boys volleyball final set

    The second-seeded River East Kodiaks will head to the provincial final after a straight set victory over the third-seeded Dakota Collegiate Lancers (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) yesterday. The Kodiaks are led by Hudson Wall, who was ranked the second best player in the province in the Winnipeg Sun’s annual coaches poll. To the surprise of no one, Wall was the focal point River East’s offence in the semi-final last night at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. Dakota had two, sometimes three, blockers on him all game but it wasn’t enough to take down Wall.


    The Kodiaks will meet a school in Monday’s final that are no strangers to giving out licks on the volleyball court and winning provincial banners. They will challenge the top-seeded Lord Selkirk Royals, who punched their ticket to the championship game after defeating the fourth-seeded St. Paul’s Crusaders in four sets (25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22) in the late game last night.


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    Lancers run into great Wall

    Collectively and emphatically, the River East Kodiaks say 35 years is long enough.


    The Kodiaks, showing the steely resolve of a squad whose time has come, hammered the Dakota Lancers in straight sets Thursday night to advance to the Manitoba AAAA high school boys volleyball championship.


    River East hasn’t won the title since 1982.


    Guided by their undisputed leader, exceptionally skilled Grade 12 athlete Hudson Wall, the No. 2-ranked Kodiaks knocked off the third-seeded Lancers 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) at Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC) to book a spot in the Manitoba championship next week.


    The Kodiaks meet the No. 1-ranked and defending champion Lord Selkirk Royals in the Manitoba final, scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m. at IGAC.


    Lord Selkirk defeated the fourth-ranked St. Paul’s Crusaders 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22) in the Thursday’s late semifinal match.


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    Driven to be No. 1

    He was 12 years old, and it was love at first sight.


    “Basically the first time I touched a volleyball I loved the game,” Nigel Nielsen said going into the provincial high school volleyball Final Four. “Ever since then it’s been my No. 1 priority over any other sport.”


    This week, the Lord Selkirk Royals outside hitter was named the No. 1 boys player in Manitoba in the Winnipeg Sun’s annual coaches poll.


    Nielsen will lead the defending champion Royals into Thursday’s semifinal against St. Paul’s as focused as he’s ever been.


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    Portage and Collège Jeanne-Sauvé heading to provincial girls volleyball final

    Facing a two-set deficit to the second-ranked Lord Selkirk Royals, it looked like the third-ranked Portage Collegiate Saints’ march to the provincial high school girls’ volleyball title was about to come to an end.


    The two rural schools battled it out on Wednesday night at the Investors Group Athletic Centre in semi-final action, with Portage coming from behind to win 3-2 (20-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-7) to punch their ticket to the provincial championship game.



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    Fighting for every point

    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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