Friday, October 24, 2014

Favourites mostly prevail in openers

Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League teams that battled their way to the upper tier of the standings were rewarded with easier opening playoff matches.
And for the most part, they took full advantage.

The top three seeds from the regular season all advanced to the ‘A’-side semi-finals last Thursday, with Notorious D.I.G. being the only favourite to get tripped up to start the post-season.
Scared Hitless, who finished in top spot, took down eighth-seeded By The Balls, who had beaten ninth-ranked Ball Busters earlier in the evening.
Second-place Alliance, meanwhile, pushed seventh-seeded Dig This to the edge of elimination by beating the defending league champs.
Dig This had disposed of 10th-ranked I’d Hit That in their first match of the night.
Gillons’ Cougars showed its No. 3 placing was no fluke by downing sixth-seeded Bump It Up, who had sailed past No. 11 SMASH in their opening playoff contest.
Fifth-ranked Kiss My Pass prevented a sweep by the favourites—defeating No. 4 Notorious D.I.G. after cruising past 12th-seeded Kiss My Ace.
The win by Kiss My Pass was impressive, considering they beat Notorious D.I.G. with a four-player unit of Angela Copenace, Ashley Kelly, Jarrah Tom, and Wawatay Sandy.
They have competed with much success this season despite playing with two less players on the floor than their opponents.
The ‘A’ semi-finals tonight will pit Scared Hitless against Kiss My Pass at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s while Gillons’ will face Alliance at 8 p.m. A win means qualifying for the ‘A’ final while the vanquished will fall to the ‘B’ side of the double-elimination draw.
On the ‘B’ side tonight at Fort High, eight teams will fight for their playoff lives—with the losers headed home for the season.
SMASH will battle Notorious D.I.G. while I’d Hit That challenges By The Balls in the 7 p.m. match-ups.
The winners of those two matches then will battle it out in the ‘B’ side quarter-finals at 9 p.m. At 8 p.m., Ball Busters will look to officially end the hopes of Dig This to repeat while Kiss My Ace goes head-to-head against Bump It Up.
The two survivors there also will tangle at 9 p.m.

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