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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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  • 'Every coach's dream'

    Jayda Nault would have preferred to be chowing down some pizza at the news conference promoting the high school volleyball Final Four, Tuesday.


    But with her team, Westwood Collegiate, eliminated in the AAAA quarter-final, she settled for talking to one reporter about being named the top player in the Winnipeg Sun‘s annual coaches poll.


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  • Chris Procaylo/Winnipeg Sun

    There's a lot on the line at this year's provincial volleyball championships

    There’s a mix of new and old at this year’s AAAA Provincial Volleyball Championships Final Four.


    The top-ranked boy’s team the Selkirk Royals are no strangers to the Final Four. The Royals won last year’s provincial title and have five players returning from the team. 


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    Olympiens thrive under pressure

    They will hit the court tonight as the No. 1 seed, carrying the same target on their backs that has remained all season. For members of the Collège Jeanne-Sauvé Olympiens girls volleyball team, they wouldn’t want it any other way.


    "We’ve talked about the privilege of pressure, and how it’s good to play with pressure. It really drives us to do much better. It’s awesome," team captain Julie Arnold told the Free Press on the eve of their semifinal match with the No. 5-ranked Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Hawks.


    The winner of the match, set for 8 p.m. at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre, will head directly to next Monday’s AAAA provincial high school final. No. 2 Lord Selkirk Royals take on No. 3 Portage Collegiate Institute Hawks in tonight’s other semifinal at 6 p.m.



    On the boys side, No. 1 ranked Lord Selkirk will be looking to make it back-to-back provincial titles. They face a tough task in Thursday’s semifinal against No. 4 St. Paul’s Crusaders, who won it all in 2015.


    No. 2 River East Kodiaks take on No. 3 Dakota Lancers in the other semifinal, with the winners meeting Monday in the final.


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