Two volleyball teams who know each other so well will meet in the semifinals of the Provincial AAAA High School Varsity Boys Championship in Winnipeg.

There will be no surprises Thursday night at Investors Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba when the third seed Steinbach Regional Secondary School faces the second seed Dakota Lancers with a spot in the provincial final on the line.

"It's exciting," said SRSS middle hitter Nick Unger at the MHSAA's Final Four media conference at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in Winnipeg. "It feels like we've been practicing forever and now it comes down to one night. We've had a few good weeks of practice and right now we're all excited."

The Sabres and Lancers have faced each other six times since the start of September.

Dakota beat Steinbach Regional in both South Central Athletic Conference regular season matches as well as the SCAC final.

The Lancers also beat the Sabres in the final of the Lord Selkirk Royals Spike Off.

The SRSS knocked off Dakota in the semifinals of the Daniel McIntyre Tournament and in the round robin of the St. Vital Invitational.

"I don't want to say that we're overconfident because that would be a trap but I think we're anticipating a great match," said Sabres coach Greg Loeppky. "I think we want to be super competitive. If we can come out and play competitive volleyball, then I like our chances."

"We've got a real athletic team and our team doesn't give up," added Loeppky. "If we're down a couple of sets we'll just keep playing. Half the guys on our team won a provincial (AAAA Junior Varsity) championship last year with Michelle (assistant coach Sawatzky-Koop) and they dropped the first two sets and then took three straight. Our boys have a lot of fight and that's what you need going down the stretch."

The first serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

"We need to put up a good block against their big hitters and just play defense really well, just like we've been practicing," answered SRSS right-side hitter Dean Fehr when asked what the key is Thursday night against the Lancers. "Like coach Loeppky said, I think we have a really good chance of winning."

The other semifinal between the number one seed St. Paul's Crusaders and fourth seed Lord Selkirk Royals begins at 8 p.m. at the University of Manitoba campus.

The winners meet Monday night in the provincial final.


photo courtesy Melissa Unger

 

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Friday, February 22nd

CSHL
La Broquerie at Ste. Anne, 8 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 2-0)
Grunthal vs Red River @ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
(Red Wings lead series 2-1)

MJHL
Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Portage, 7:30 p.m.
Winkler at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Bruins, 7 p.m.
Southwest vs Yellowhead
@ Souris, 8 p.m.

WHSHL
Platinum Promotions Division
SRSS vs Oak Park
@ Steinbach, 7:15 p.m.
(best of 3 Tier II semifinal tied 1-1)

WHL
Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
Columbus 3 Ottawa 0
Colorado at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

NBA
Toronto 120 San Antonio 117
Charlotte 123 Washington 110
Chicago 110 Orlando 109
Indiana 126 New Orleans 111
Detroit at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23rd

CSHL
Ste. Anne at La Broquerie, 7 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 3-0)

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Steinbach at St. Adolphe, 8 p.m.
(Huskies lead best of 5 series 2-1)
Springfield vs Mitchell
@ Oakbank, 8 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
Arborg at St. Malo, 7:30 p.m.

MJHL
Swan Valley at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Bruins at Kenora, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Wild at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Interlake vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Southwest
@ Morden, 8 p.m.
Central Plains vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Wpg Thrashers
@ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 2 p.m.

NHL
Washington at Buffalo, 12 p.m
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 12 p.m.
Boston at St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Los Angeles at Florida, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Dallas, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 4:30 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NBA
Portland at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Memphis at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Atlanta, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Washington, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Maimi, 6:30 p.m.
Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Houston at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 9 p.m.

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