It was the last time the FCVC Boys 18U – Green team was going to compete together, and the team entered the Provincial Championships hoping to put together strong performances for each other.
In the end, the team bowed out in the Tier 2 quarter-finals, but put together some quality play and exciting moments along the way.
Below is the story of their final tournament together, from Coach Mark:
After 65 practices and four OVA tournaments, the FCVC18U boys team wrapped up the season at the Provincial Championships in Waterloo. It was a great showcase event for the boys to finish off their club careers. The team went in seeded 17 in a very deep tournament of 24.
Day 1 had some very close matches, but the FCVC team was unable to capitalize on the opportunities and finished the day the day 0-3. Some notable play from Matt Baxter and Eric Pierce kept the matches close, but boys hadn’t found the key to close the door on their opposition.
As Day 2 opened, the team was in a better mindset and looking to capture the first victory of the tournament. A tough loss to Storm Thunder 2-0 put us behind to start the day. Some strong defensive play from Najeem Javeed and Nick Cook couldn’t turn the tide for the match win. In match two, FCVC faced Leaside Thunder and it was closely contested, but Leaside took both sets with scores of 25-21, 25-21. Some great net play from Loudon Herold and Jacky Yuxin kept FCVC in the match.
In the third and final match of the day, FCVC was able to pull out a three set thriller against the Guelph Grizzlies. Some loud cheering from several club supporters helped provide the push to the boys to turn the tide. Clutch serving from Owen Poczik closed out the exciting match and the team secured third place in the pool.
Day 3 of the Provincial Championships is win-or-go-home and you could feel the tension from the moment you walked into the building. The boys were ready to go and faced the Bluewater Ballistix in the first elimination match. Right from opening serve FCVC jumped out to an early lead and with the whole team contributing, the FCVC boys closed out the match 2-0 and moved into the Tier II quarterfinals. Unfortunately, FCVC couldn’t keep the momentum going in the next match against a very strong Predators team. FCVC lost the match 2-0 and, just like that, the season was over.
Although not the finish the FCVC boys expected or hoped for, it was nonetheless a fun three days of volleyball. The coaches were proud of the way the team represented the club and their ability to keep playing through the frustration. Congratulations on a fun season and thank you for wearing the FCVC colours with pride!
FCVC is extremely proud of its group of graduating Boys 18U athletes. Several of the players have competed hard for the club over four and five seasons and, regardless of the outcome of any individual match or tournament, the entire club is so proud of their hard work, development, and determination to maximize their potential. Congratulations!!