St. Mary Sr. Girls take Guardian Cup in Saskatoon

St. Mary High School Sr. Girls pose for a photo after winning the 2017 Guardian Cup in Saskatoon -- Submitted photo.

The winning ways just don’t seem to end for the St. Mary Marauders Sr. Girls volleyball team.

The Marauders won their third tournament of the season over the weekend, taking home the gold medal at the Guardian Cup in Saskatoon.

Head coach Shaun Hunko said it’s one of the best starts he’s seen since he started coaching the team.

“This is the first season since I’ve coached at St. Mary that we’ve won three (tournaments), and a bronze, and we still have four tournaments left,” Hunko said. “So it’s been a great start.”

St. Mary’s third win didn’t come easy. The Marauders needed all three sets to overcome the tournament hosts from St. Joseph (25-18, 12-25, 15-5). The squad then dropped a close opening set to Lloydminster Comprehensive High School in the gold medal game before rallying to take the last two sets 25-15 and 15-7.

Hunko credited his club for their strong all-around play, which helped keep opposing teams guessing.

“This year we have such a balanced attack,” he said. “We’re able to attack from many different areas and we’re serving really well this year.”

The St. Mary coach also complemented his team for their hard work and commitment to team play.

“All the girls have bought in to the system and they all understand their roles on the team,” Hunko said. “They’re such as easy group to coach this year.”

The St. Mary Sr. Girls are back in action on Thursday when they depart for Mustang Volley, the three-day tournament held in Saskatoon. The Marauders will face Warman, Virden and Bishop James Mahoney in round-robin action.

The first set gets underway at 5 p.m. at Bedford Road Collegiate.

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