Thorsby Sabres at Provincials

Thorsby North Central Zone Champions

    For the second year in a row the Thorsby Sabres Girls Volleyball Team won the North Central Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Zone championships and advance to the provincial championships for 1A schools.
    This was the 50th Anniversary of the championships and to celebrate the occasion the ASAA held the championships for all four classifications at the new Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton from Thursday November 28th to Saturday, November 30th.
    Ten teams qualified for the 1A girls championships representing the eight zones and two wildcards from all over Alberta. The teams were divided into two pools with the top three teams advancing to the playoff round. Thorsby was placed in Pool A along with teams from Acme, Mallaig, Bawlf, and Milk River. Pool B contain schools from Calgary, Stirling, Falher, Edmonton, and Smoky Lake.
On Thursday Thorsby split their two matches. In their first match they faced the Mallaig Stingers and the match went to all three sets as both teams suffered from opening game nerves. Unfortunately Thorsby dropped the third and deciding set 13 to 15. The Sabres bounced backed in their second match as they defeated the Erle Rivers Novas from Milk River 2 sets to none. After the first day of competition Thorsby was third in their pool and in contention for a playoff position. 
    To maintain their playoff chances the Sabres were in need to win one of the two matches played on Friday. The first set against the Redmen from Acme went into extra points, but unfortunately the Redmen came out on top 25 to 27 and then blunted the Sabres in the second set 18 to 25. This meant that the girls from Thorsby would have to defeat the Bawlf Wildcats if they wanted to advance to the playoff round. This would not be easy as the Wildcats came into the match undefeated and had established themselves as the team to beat. The Sabres came out strong and won the first set 25 to 19 but then lost the second set to force a third and deciding set. The Sabres played well but were not able to claim victory as the Wildcats won the closely played set 15 to13 to end the Sabre’s season.
    Both Acme and Bawlf advanced to the semifinals with Acme going on to take the Championship and Bawlf took third and the Bronze medals.
    Playing for the Thorsby Sabres this year were Tracy Ewashkiw, Trina Ewashkiw, Haylee Hinger, Laura Jamha, Ashley McLeod, Kristen Mitchell, Amanda Morgan, Jennifer Petersen, and Kaylyn Powlik 
Photo provided by Thorsby High School

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