BURLINGTON – The U-15 Stratford Stingers Gold volleyball team travelled here on the weekend to compete in the Challenge Cup and finished in fifth place overall to remain in the Championship Division.
In the first game of pool play, the Stingers Gold played the Brant Tornadoes and won the first set 25-18, lost the second 25-11, and came out on top in the third set, 16-14.
Hailee Thomson, coming off the injured list, served up a powerful ace and made some good digs. Julian Ashworth placed a few nice tips in the defensive holes and provided excellent setting, while Nicole Mazzanti moved the ball well and came up with several kills throughout the whole day.
Game two saw the Stingers Gold play Kitchener Predators and they dropped both sets, 25-20 and 25-14.
Hannah Runciman made some big diving digs to keep the ball in play and had good counter attacks from the middle. Amy Kocher was strong offensively and demonstrated great ball control at the setter position.
After the cross over, the Stingers Gold faced a strong home-town team, the Burlington Blaze.
Stingers lost both sets by the same score of 25-16. Lena Bryan provided consistent serves and excellent passes from the back row. Ellie Edwards made several big saves and provided good setting.
In their final match against Waterloo Tigers, the Stingers Gold lost the first set 25-14, but came back to win the next two sets, 25-22 and 15-8 in a complete team effort.
Jen Murray served up rockets to stun the opposition and made several timely kills from the middle position.
Cassie Lafay and Ashlyn Maxwell worked well together to patrol the net and provide several timely blocks. LaFay also had big hits, and Maxwell covered the court well.