Volleyball Vikings victorious

Grandy's River Collegiate captures third straight provincial volleyball championship

Bryan Tait bryan.tait@tc.tc
Published on December 15, 2016

The 2016 senior A boys volleyball champion Grandy's River Collegiate Vikings.

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Make it a three-peat for the Grandy's River Vikings.

The host Vikings won the School Sports NL senior boys A volleyball championship on their home court Dec. 10, the third year in a row the school captured the title.

The Vikings downed Southwest Arm Academy in the championship game 25-19, 25-10, capping a perfect weekend.
The Vikings had the crowd on their side through the tournament, with many younger students at the all-grade school cheering on their older schoolmates.

The Vikings began their championship run with a straight-set victory over Bonne Bay Academy, 25-8, 25-8.

They followed that with a 25-20, 25-16 win over Southwest Arm Academy.

The Vikings downed Main River Academy 25-19, 25-14 to earn their spot in the final.

Chase Upwards received the sportsmanship award for Grandy's River.

Bonne Bay Academy received the team sportsmanship award.

The title wrapped up a season the Vikings dedicated to assistant coach Shannon McDermott, who died in a snowmobile accident in January.

In memory of McDermott, every member of the team wore a pair of green Mizuno sneakers, similar to the last pair of sneakers McDermott said he was going to buy.

Here are the complete results from the two-day tournament:

Round robin

Main River Academy def. Mary Simms All Grade 25-21, 25-16

Southwest Arm Academy def. Bonne Bay Academy 25-10, 25-17

Grandy's River Collegiate def. Bonne Bay Academy 25-8, 25-8

Eric G. Lambert School def. Mary Simms All Grade 25-18, 25-16

Grandy's River Collegiate def. Southwest Arm Academy 25-20, 25-16

Eric G. Lambert School def. Main River Academy 22-25, 25-22, 15-6

Southwest Arm Academy def. Mary Simms All Grade 28-26, 25-11

Main River Academy def. Bonne Bay Academy 23-25, 25-19, 15-9

Semifinals

Southwest Arm Academy def. Eric G. Lambert School 25-19, 25-19

Grandy's River Collegiate def. Main River Academy 25-19, 25-14

Final

Grandy's River Collegiate def. Southwest Arm Academy 25-19, 25-10

Nicholas Neil of Grandy's River goes up for a hit in a game against Southwest Arm Academy.

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