Not even a change of venue and a fire alarm could stop the York Mills Titans senior girls volleyball team from advancing to the playoffs.
Facing Earl Haig in a much smaller gym, due to late referees that pushed back a scheduled senior boys basketball game, the Titans fought hard for their 2-1 (23- 25, 25-18, 15-9) victory on the road.
For York Mills coach Michael Doig was proud his team locked up the fourth and final spot in the North Region playoffs.
“They knew what was on the line and they just played so scrappy, tried not to let anything drop, a lot of really good digs on the Earl Haig hits,” he said. “Our kills: we didn’t have too many strong attacks, but at least they were decent.
“They were consistently putting the hits down, consistently propping their attacks up.”
A fire alarm during the second set was an added source of excitement and forced both the Titans and Haig State to stand out in the cold for 15 minutes.
Once back inside, a makeshift mat at the front of the gym allowed the volleyballers to dry their runners and return to the hardwood.
A brief stay in the outdoor icebox had little affect on the girls as the Titans continued to execute their gameplan.
“They all were so consistent,” Doig said, adding although there were no standouts, the team looked to Maddy Banks for leadership.
Next on the schedule for York Mills will be a hardened Lyons crew from William Lyon Mackenzie CI. With an undefeated record of 7-0 during regular season play, they pose a threat of an early playoff ousting for the Titans.
But Doig doubted his girls would back out of a good match at the net.
“I definitely believe our team has the ability to advance further so,” he said, adding the team’s strategy is status quo.
In the meantime a trek to Barrie for a tournament will keep the girls limber for their Feb. 9 match up at William Lyon Mackenzie the results of which were not known at press time.
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