Peterborough, ON – February 23rd, 2013 – For the Georgian Grizzlies women’s volleyball team they knew Saturday would be their final day of the season but they were hoping to walk away from the 2013 OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship with some hardware.
The Grizzlies began the day with a match against the Fanshawe Falcons in the bronze semi-final matchup. Georgian enjoyed a great start winning the first set handily 25-16 over the third ranked team in the west division.
Georgian was able to put the Falcons on the ropes with a 25-22 second set win to go up 2-0, but the Falcons battled right back, staving off elimination by taking a 25-22 set of their own to pull the match with in one at 2-1.
The Grizzlies responded by getting out to a 17-7 lead in the third set which sealed the game for Georgian leading to a 25-20 victory to win the game 3-1.
This set up a bronze medal match against their east division rivals from Sudbury, the Cambrian Golden Shield later in the day.
The Grizzlies and Golden Shield split their regular season matchup 1-1 with Georgian winning the last meeting by a tight 3-2 score on January 27th in Barrie.
It was clear early on that the bronze medal would be competed for between two evenly matched teams.
The Grizzlies didn’t get out to a great start falling behind the Golden Shield and ultimately handing over the first set 25-18.
From there, every point could have gone either way. Trailing 21-18 the Grizzlies battled back to take the second set 25-23 to even things up.
The third set was more of the same with Orillia native Allison Marshall scoring a big kill to tie the set up 25-25, but it was the Golden Shield who were able to prevail taking the next two points and a 2-1 lead.
The Grizzlies battled hard in the fourth but the Golden Shield were able to claim the bronze medal after winning the final set 25-20 and defeat Georgian 3-1.
The loss wrapped up what was a successful season for the Grizzlies women’s volleyball team who have many young, talented players who will be returning next season.