Barrie, ON – February 14th, 2013 – After a great regular season the Georgian Grizzlies women’s volleyball team (15-5) are set to host a home playoff date this Saturday, February 16th against the Sheridan Bruins (9-9).
The Grizzlies wrapped up their regular season with a 3-1 road victory over the Seneca Sting to finish in third place in the OCAA east division which set up the home playoff game against the west divisions fifth placed Sheridan Bruins.
For Grizzlies Head Coach Brad Graham having the home playoff game is something he sees as a real advantage.
“We’ve never had a home game against Sheridan,” said Graham, now in his 23rd year as Grizzlies Head Coach. “Our building can be a challenge for anyone who is not used to it. We know they (Sheridan) are a good team but we earned the home date and we look to make the most of it.”
The winner will earn a spot in the OCAA Provincial Championships which will be hosted by Trent University from February 21st through 23rd.
This year’s Grizzlies team has benefitted from a great group of veterans including Keswick native Natalie Buck who leads the team in scoring and is among the league leaders in points. The emergence of freshman Allison Marshall has rounded out a great mix of veterans and young talent. Marshall, an Orillia native, leads all rookies in points this season and has been impressive in her first season of OCAA volleyball.
“I’m really proud of our girls this year,” said Graham. “This is one of the best groups I’ve been able to coach in my time at Georgian.”
“Our rookies have developed faster than in most years because of the leadership of our veterans. They are a very tight group.”
The Grizzlies playoff game on February 16th will be part of Super Sports Saturday at the Georgian Athletic Centre. The final Grizzlies basketball games of the season kick off the day with the women at 1pm and the men at 3pm following with the women’s volleyball playoff game starting at 7pm.
All three games will be free to watch and fans are encouraged to come and cheer the Grizzlies onto victory.