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Local volleyball teams bring back medals from McGregor Cup

Local NewsLocal volleyball teams bring back medals from McGregor Cup

Team Vortex and Team Synergy of the Brant Youth Volleyball Club had a solid showing at the McGregor Cup on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Team Vortex captured the gold medal while Team Synergy brought home silver in the U-14 division of the one-day tournament.

Team Vortex entered the tournament as the number one seed, opening the tournament with consecutive wins against Cambridge and Grimsby before heading into the playoffs, where they won their first two matches in straight sets.

Team Vortex faced their first bit of adversity in the championship final, where they split the first two sets, heading into a championship-deciding third set. In the set, Vortex was down 9-3 but stormed all the way back to win 15-13 on their way to the gold medal.

Team Synergy captured a silver medal in U-14 volleyball action at the McGregor Cup on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Pictured in photo, back row (from l-r): Rick Beedham, Sandy Beedham, Leah Phillips, Meara Vezsenyi, Kara Fennema, Leyla Jones, Harleigh Rankin-Lacroix, Emma Colaiacovo and Jon Advincula. Middle row (from l-r): Claudia Chudyk and Diya Grewal. Front row (from l-r): Einin Vezsenyi and Jordyn Andree. Photo courtesy Rick Beedham.

Team Synergy took to the court in London and started with a loss to the host team, St. Thomas Express Rockets. After opening the tournament with a loss, Team Synergy went on a three-match winning streak, defeating the St. Thomas Express Spikes, then defeating the Stratford Stingers and London Great White Sharks in the playoff round to advance to the gold-medal match.

In the final, Team Synergy, once again, ran into the Express Rockets, losing in straight sets, 25-8, 25-15 but earned a silver medal along the way.

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