For the Georgian Grizzlies men’s and women’s volleyball teams it was a busy end to the regular season, first beginning with a trip to Oshawa to face the Durham Lords in games originally scheduled the week prior, followed by a trip to North Bay to face the Canadore Panthers in their regular season finale on Sunday.
The women’s team had a strong performance on Thursday against the always difficult Durham Lords. In a very tight game, both teams battled back and forth in a match that went the five set distance. Georgian was able to rally back to take the final two sets in a 3-2 victory (26-28, 25-23, 12-25, 25-21, 18-16). Natalie Buck (Keswick) had a season-high 21 points in the marathon match for the Grizzlies.
Playing their third match in five nights, the Grizzlies faced the Canadore Panthers in the regular season finale. After getting up two sets to none, Georgian simply ran out of gas as Candore rebounded for a 3-2 victory (21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-6). Natalie Buck again led the Grizzlies in scoring with 13 points while teammate Allison Marshall (Orillia) had 12 points in the loss.
The final split guarantees the Grizzlies will finish third in the OCAA east division standings and will play host to a crossover playoff game against the St. Clair Saints on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Georgian Athletic Centre. Fans are encouraged to come cheer on the Grizzlies in the big matchup with the winner qualifying for the OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship held at Durham College.
On the men’s side, the Grizzlies put up a great battle against the second place team in the east division, the Durham Lords. Georgian twice had the lead slip away as Durham battled back, winning the final two sets to win the match 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 25-27, 25-15, 15-13). Jason Grimm (Orangeville) led all players with 18 points in the contest.
In their match against Canadore, the Grizzlies again were in tight in the first two sets but ultimately dropped them 27-25 and 25-23, which could have gone either way. From there, Georgian couldn’t come up with a comeback in the third set, dropping it 25-16 to lose 3-0 in a game that was much closer than it appeared.
The men’s team will now prepare for the OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship in which the Grizzlies will play as the host team, with the tournament scheduled from Feb. 20-22 at Georgian College in Barrie.