There was a small tinge of disappointment in an otherwise successful weekend of volleyball for the Riverview Royals.
The Royals went unbeaten in qualifying for the SHSAA 3A boys provincial volleyball championships next weekend, but stumbled in their quest to win their regional title.
“Everybody is happy that we’re going to provincials, but it’s pretty disappointing that we ... didn’t play well (in the final),” said Riverview’s Brennan Goski.
After the Royals earned an impressive 25-14 win in the first set of the regional final, the Langenburg Screaming Eagles came back to win the last two games 25-16, 25-19 to claim the regional crown.
While both school will advance to provincials in Maidstone, Langenburg should have an easier path thanks to their higher seeding.
“I guess maybe we got a little too confident going into that second set. We weren’t working as hard for every point. We maybe got down a little,” said Royals coach Jenn Wiens. “It doesn’t hurt to lose. It builds character and these guys are going to want it more now next weekend.”
The Royals were unbeaten in pool play beating Strasbourg 25-14, 25-19 before beating Carnduff 29-27, 25-5 to earn the top seed. In the crossover game, Riverview beat Gravelbourg 25-13, 25-22 to secure their place in provincials.
“They stepped up in intensity today,” said Wiens. “We really wanted it and the guys showed that. They talked, they worked as a team as much as I’ve ever seen them work as a team. We did a really good job of playing as a team.
“We played hard for the entire day.”
In addition to the hosts from Maidstone, Riverview and Langenburg will be joined at provincials by Minahik Waskahigan from Pinehouse Lake, Wilkie, Kelvington, Carrot River, Wadena, Saskatoon Christian and Rosthern JC.