Legends back on top of Provincials

Steven Mah
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Fox Valley Legends - 2012 Regional Champions

The Fox Valley Legends are back on top of the 1A Saskatchewan volleyball scene after winning 1A Provincials in Medstead.

The Legends defeated Annaheim in two straight games (25-17, 25-17) in the championship final Saturday to claim their 10th Provincial title in the past 12 years.

One year after being eliminated in the quarterfinals to end a string of 10 consecutive medals at Provincials, the Legends won all seven matches without losing a single game in 14 attempts.

“We had a really good weekend,” said longtime head coach Darren Lehmann. “The boys stepped up and played at a pretty high level all weekend. They were pumped up to get back into medal contention and as we went along we kept focusing on one game at a time towards our ultimate goal of gold.”

The Legends opened their tournament Friday afternoon with an easy win over Rouleau (25-12, 25-16). They made it look even easier in their second match as they held Glaslyn to single digits in both games (25-4, 25-8). Fox Valley finished the day unbeaten with a win over Nakode Oyade (25-14, 25-17) Friday evening.

They finished up the round robin on Saturday against the host Medstead squad with an exciting win. Game one went eight extra rallies before Fox Valley won 30-28 and they followed up with a 25-15 win to place first in the round robin with four straight wins.

The pressure keeps mounting to keep going and to keep producing, so it is kind of gratifying to win Darren Lehmann

“We had a tough pool match against Medstead,” explained Lehmann. “We won the first game 30-28, it was a good match. We started the second game and their starting left-side went down with an ankle injury about 10 points in, 9-7 for us, and that kind of swayed the game in our favor.”

Fox Valley met fourth seeded Borden in the quarterfinals and made quick work of them in two sets (25-14, 25-15).

They rematched with Kincaid/College Mathieu in the semifinals and defeated them again (25-16, 25-9) to earn a spot in a Provincial final for the 11th time in past 12 years.

Lehmann said having success at Provincials never loses its lustre.

“I was telling the boys at the end when we were getting our medals that winning never gets old. It is nerve-wracking every time you go. The pressure keeps mounting to keep going and to keep producing, so it is kind of gratifying to win.”

Organizations: College Mathieu, Fox Valley Legends

Geographic location: Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, Medstead

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