R.D. Parker Collegiate’s junior boys’ volleyball team finished first in their first tournament of the school year, played at home Oct. 4-5.
The boys defeated Hapnot Collegiate Institute from Flin Flon 25-16, 25-22 in the final, opening the first set on a 6-2 run on their way to an easy win. Hapnot surged late in the second set with RDPC leading 21-15 but fell short of forcing a tiebreaker.
The Trojan boys were undefeated in the round robin, winning all three games in straight sets over the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre (HBO) Huskies from Norway House, Mikisew School from Cross Lake and the Grand Rapids Wolverines. They then defeated the Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (MBCI) Spartans from The Pas 25-20, 25-11 in the semifinals.
The girls fell to Hapnot in the semifinals, giving up the first seven points of the first set before recovering to tie the score 20-20 but ultimately losing 25-23. The second set started out closer, but the Kopper Kweens scored 10 of 13 points to build up a 14-6 lead on their way to a 25-13 victory and a berth in the finals.
The RDPC girls were second in their round-robin pool, beating MBCI and Grand Rapids in straight sets whjle falling 23-25, 22-25 to eventual finalists the Oscar Lathlin Collegiate Wolverines from Opaskwayak Cree Nation.