GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR – Grand Falls-Windsor’s Bazinga won gold in female B tier 2 division 1 over the Grenfell Warriors on Saturday in the largest adult indoor provincial volleyball championship in Canada.
“We have competed in this tournament for several years,” said Bazinga captain Myra Hodder. “This was the first time we went undefeated throughout the tournament. Our team played fantastic all weekend. Really coming together and pulling through in a hard-fought semis match.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association had 124 teams signed up for the Molson Senior Provincial Championships, with over 2,300 athletes, coaches, officials and conveners.
The competition saw 14 divisions, male and female, divided into three tiers, playing on more than 20 courts in Clarenville, Glovertown, Gambo, Glenwood, Gander, Lewisporte and Botwood.
Over 450 matches were set to be played in two days.
Eight teams from the Grand Falls-Windsor ladies league were playing in a number of these communities.
Bazinga played in the female B tier 2 in Clarenville with 27 teams in total on day one. They won their first match in two sets against EVO Roofing/Crown Property, and their second match in two over AGD in the round robin.
On Saturday, teams were placed in tier 1 and 2. There were 13 teams in tier 1, Hodder explained. They took the first match in two over Gander YQX, and Grand Falls-Windsor IBEX Spikaholics forced the match to three, where Bazinga came out on top.
“We went into the tournament hoping to be placed in tier 1,” Hodder told the Advertiser. “Once we got there, our mission was to get first in our division. We successfully did so. Heading into the quarters we were determined to win and continue to advance.”
In the quarterfinal, Bazinga took out Wear the Gear in two sets.
“Once we reached the semis the excitement was rising and we all thought we could win this,” Hodder said. “We went three sets with DSF Graphite and Tile and we were pumped to be heading to the finals.”
They played the young, athletic Grenfell Warriors in the championship, Hodder said, and took them in two sets to win gold.
“The love for the sport is very apparent with our team,” Hodder said. “We are very proud of our accomplishment and look forward to next year.
“We would also like to send out a big shout out to the other two Grand Falls-Windsor teams in B2, B-Squad and Ibex Spikaholics. Both advanced to tier 1, and B-squad also made it to the quarter finals before being put out. They represented Central well.”
B-Squad took their first match in two sets against Coast 101.1, and their second match in two over YQX Jr’s. On Saturday, they went 2-0 over Browning Harvey, 2-0 over Martini Bar, 2-1 over Phoenix Engineering. The B-Squad went on to the tier 2 quarterfinal but lost to Streamline in two close sets, 23-25, 23-25.
IBEX Spikeaholics’ first round robin match went to three. They lost the first set but came back and took the second and third. They lost their second match in the third set to Wear Da Gear. Their third game also went to three sets where they won over Kelloways. On Saturday, after losing in three sets to Bazinga, they lost in three to Gander YQX.
In Gambo during female C tier 2 round robin action, Grand Falls-Windsor’s Dolls and Balls defeated Health Quest in two sets in their first match, and went down two sets to the Gold Diggers in their second match. On Saturday, Dolls and Balls lost in two sets to Loopers and Spiked Punch.
In female C tier 2 action in Glovertown, Grand Falls-Windsor Volatile defeated Barking Beauties in three sets, then lost their second match to Etheridge Maintenance. On Saturday they defeated Kinky Sets in two sets, and lost in two to Molson Rebels. They lost in the tier 2 semi-final in the third set 10-15 to Spiked Punch.
Grand Falls-Windsor’s Live Fit lost in two sets to Victorious Secret and won their second match in two over Sunnyside Grocery. On Saturday, they lost to Tipped Off in two sets, and took two sets against the Free Ballers. They lost two sets to the Loopers in the semi-finals.
In Botwood in female C tier 1, Grand Falls-Windsor’s Kiss My Ace lost to Renegades in match one but came back to win their second match in three sets and their third in three sets over Hempware. On Saturday, they started with a two-set loss to Islanders, and then won in three over Wok Bok/RGQ. They lost in the quarterfinal in two sets to the CBN Spikeaholics.
In Lewisporte in female C tier 1, the Renegades-GFW lost in two sets in match one against Labatt’s. Their second match went to three, where they lost. On Saturday, they won in two over E&B Travel, won in three sets over Pool Althouse, and in two over You’ve Been Served.
“The Renegades have competed in the NLVA provincials for a few years now,” Shellie Jewer said, adding last year the team won Female C1 - division 3.
“We played really well this year, the competition was good with all teams being pretty even in skill,” Jewer said. “Our goal was set on winning division 2. We made it to the semi-finals match of C1 division 2, in which we lost in the third set 13-15. It was a well-fought battle but we didn’t have the energy to come out on top and advance to the championship game. Everyone was pleased with how we played and connected as a team with only seven players.”