The Steinbach Regional Secondary School's varsity boys volleyball team will meet the Vincent Massey Trojans Thursday at 6 p.m. at the University of Manitoba's Investors Group Athletic Centre in Winnipeg with a spot in the Provincial AAAA Championship game on the line.
"I've been looking forward to this all week, all year almost," noted Sabres left side Hudson Rempel at the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association's Final Four media conference Tuesday in Winnipeg. "It's a great feeling knowing we're top four. We've been feeling good."
The South Central Athletic Conference champions defeated the River East Kodiaks 25-18, 16-25, 25-20, 25-14 in the quarterfinals this past Saturday at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate.
Rempel says they need to play consistent against the Trojans if they intend on making a return trip to Winnipeg for the championship game on Monday.
"Make our passes, make our serves and hit good. Just play like we can."
"It's going to be a really fun game," added Sabres setter Boston Thiessen. "We're going to need to bring all our guys and all our effort to this one. The nerves are definitely going to be there for both teams. You don't get to play in a semifinal in a big provincial tournament every day, right. That first serve is definitely going to be key and it's basically just adrenaline at that point."
Steinbach Regional and Vincent Massey met twice this season.
The Sabres beat the Trojans 25-20, 25-17 in the final of Daniel McIntyre's tournament in late September and then swept Massey 25-20, 25-22 in pool play at the St. Vital Invitational in early November.
Thiessen says playing the semifinal at IGAC will be memorable.
"It's a super special night. The gym is huge. There's going to be a lot of fans. It's definitely a different type of air movement there. It's going to be a good experience for everyone."
The St. Paul's Crusaders and Lord Selkirk Royals will meet in the other semifinal.
The winners advance to the AAAA final Monday at 8 p.m. at Investors Group Athletic Centre.