WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg school will try to make history during the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association’s AAAA volleyball championships.
The top-ranked Westwood Warriors girls team enter the semifinals searching for its first ever provincial title. The Warriors will face the Vincent Massey Vikings on Wednesday with a berth to the final on the line.
WATCH: Westwood Warriors on chasing first girls volleyball title in school history
“The girls are pretty relaxed, they’re not really thinking about it too much,” said Westwood head coach Bryan Enns. “We’re just trying to take it one game at a time.”
Warriors middle Emily Dewey says her team plays a resilient style and that winning a championship would be special for her school.
“We’ve come together as a team a ton,” said Dewey. “Giving the school a really good run, it would be absolutely amazing to get that title.”
Westwood takes on Vincent Massey at 6 p.m. at Investors Group Athletic Centre. The other semifinal will feature the Lord Selkirk Royals against the defending champion St. Mary’s Flames.
On the boys’ side, the Vikings play Lord Selkirk while the Dakota Lancers take on the Miles Macdonell Buckeyes. Both semifinals are scheduled for Friday at Investors Group Athletic Centre.
WATCH: Lord Selkirk Royals on the team’s changes since their last title in 2013
The first ranked Royals beat last year’s champions, the St. Paul’s Crusaders, in the quarterfinals to advance to the provincial final four.
“We work really hard, are very passionate and offensively driven,” said Lord Selkirk head coach Jeff Scarcello.
“We’ve got lots of guys who can put the ball away for us. We’re not just one player or a one-man show.”
The last time the Royals won a provincial boys’ volleyball championship was in 2013. Scarcello says it’s hard to compare that team with this year’s squad.
“Our strengths this year are completely different from our previous strengths,” said Scarcello. “Things that are a weakness for us were not weaknesses then. The general comparison is we had 12 fantastic players that year and we’ve got 12 really good players this year.”
The provincial finals will be played on Dec. 5 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.