And then there were three.
Regular-season champion Scared Hitless, nine-time defending league champion Gillons’, and the upstart Wildcats survived last night’s playoff round in the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League at Fort High.
Scared Hitless, which received a bye through the first portion of last night’s ‘A’-side playoffs by virtue of their first-place finish, swept Gillons’ in their two-game clash to advance to next Thursday’s championship round.
Gillons’, which finished second in the regular season, already had secured their berth in the final three with a 2-0 sweep over the Die Hards, which had finished third after leading the league for most of the season.
The Die Hards bounced back to eliminate Sabaskong from further contention (the score was unavailable at press time).
But the fifth-place Wildcats, who earlier in the evening had ended the sixth-place Power Paks’ season with a 2-0 victory, then sent the Die Hards home for the season in a 1-1 tie—winning on point differential by a single point.
Gillons’ will take on the Wildcats next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the large gym at Fort High. That winner then will advance to the best-of-three final against Scared Hitless beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Because of the double elimination format of the playoffs, the semi-final winner would have to beat Scared Hitless in the best-of-three match, then win a one-game winner-take-all showdown afterwards.
Scared Hitless, currently undefeated in playoff action, needs only to win the best-of-three match to clinch the title.
In ‘B’-side action, the eighth-place Mixed Nuts notched a 2-0 win over the seventh-place Squirts, who turned around and beat the 10th-place Rookies 2-0 to knock them out of the post-season.
The Mixed Nuts and Squirts will play in the best-of-three ‘B’ final next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the small gym at Fort High. That winner will claim third place overall for the season.