After having high hopes entering the 2015 OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, the Georgian Grizzlies came to a rude awakening in their opening match against the Durham Lords on Thursday afternoon.
The Grizzlies entered as the first place team in the east division with a 16-2 regular season record, with one of those losses coming against Durham in their last meeting on Jan. 28 which snapped Georgian’s eleven game win streak.
While the Grizzlies looked for redemption they found history repeating itself.
A number of unforced errors cost the Grizzlies throughout the match as they fell in straight sets to the Lords 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-21).
Allison Marshall led the Grizzlies with 11 points while fifth year veteran Kelsey Buckley (Midland) was named as Georgian’s player of the game.
For the Grizzlies it’s time to refocus as they still have a shot to win a bronze medal.
Georgian will need to run the table the rest of the way as they will face the Niagara Knights in the bronze quarter final at 1pm on Friday. Niagara (15-3 regular season) who were the 2nd seed from the west entering the tournament were upset as well in the quarter finals by the west’s 6th seed, the Cambrian Golden Shield (8-10 regular season).
A win their would set up a bronze semi-final match Saturday morning with a quick turnaround to the bronze medal final Saturday afternoon.