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Lake Melville Titans win Under 18 Provincial Volleyball Championships

The Lake Melville Titans U18 Volleyball team beat the Mobile Monarchs to win gold at the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association U18 females ‘C’ Division Championship.
The Lake Melville Titans U18 Volleyball team beat the Mobile Monarchs to win gold at the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association U18 females ‘C’ Division Championship.

The Lake Melville Titans Women’s Volleyball team has just returned from Newfoundland over the weekend after winning the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association Under 18 females ‘C’ Division Championship.

After competing for the first-time last year and winning the silver medal, this year the team went one better to take home the gold medal. The provincial competition is a challenging tournament and is a great opportunity for the girls to travel, compete and get exposure to new teams and a high level of volleyball.

Other than their practice sessions, the only formal competition the girls had in the lead up to the Championships was the School Sports Regional Qualifier.

The Championships began with the 20 teams in the ‘C’ Division being placed into Groups for ‘Round Robin’ format of matches. At the conclusion of the Round Robin matches, the Lake Melville Titans were split into two tiers. The Titans were tied for first place in their tier of 10 teams.

With victories in their next two preliminary matches, the Titans earned themselves a bye before playing off in the semifinals, where they were matched up against Holy Heart of Mary School from St. John’s, the biggest school in the Province. In what was a very close contest, the Titans were the victors in the third and deciding set, 17-15.

The Championship match opponents were the Mobile Monarchs. After losing the first set, the Titans came back strongly to win the next two sets 26-24 and 15-8 to win the match and be crowned as Provincial Champions.

Following the medal presentations Alice Michelin, the Titans Libero was named a tournament All-Star and team captain Emma White was named tournament MVP.

Shane Morgan, coach of the Titans said the trip to Newfoundland is extremely expensive for the team, around $12,500.

“It would not be possible without the enormous support the team receives from the local North West River community, the Aboriginal Sport & Recreation Circle of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Healthy Living Sport & Recreation Division of the Newfoundland & Labrador Government,” Morgan said. “Our team is made up of girls ranging from Grade 12 to Grade 8 from the Lake Melville School in North West River, it was so nice to see such a large number of friends and family meet us at the airport on Saturday night to congratulate their hometown Provincial Champions.”

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