Grunthal's Green Valley Pirates have qualified for the playoffs at the Provincial AA High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Championship each of the previous five years.

The Pirates lost out in the quarterfinals in Souris in 2012 and in Steinbach in 2013.

They won the third place game in Russell in 2015 and brought home the finalist banner from Morris School in both 2014 and 2016.

Green Valley finally captured that elusive championship banner Saturday in Stonewall.

The Pirates capped off a perfect weekend as they swept the Niverville Panthers 25-17, 25-22 in the final.

Green Valley won seven matches and lost just one set.

"It’s so amazing," said Pirates left side hitter Arielle Sawatzky who was named the provincials MVP. "No words can explain how I feel right now."

Green Valley raced out to a big lead over their Zone 13 rivals as the Pirates took the opening set.

It was a back-and-forth second set until Green Valley pulled away late.

"We knew that we would have to play really well and we would have to bring our A game in order to beat them," said Pirates coach Doris Wiens. "It worked out really well for us."

Panthers coach Crystal Stott gave Green Valley full credit for the victory.

"Obviously it's not where we wanted to be but we played a good game. Grunthal played really, really well tonight. It was just the better team won today."

"The difference was the small things," added coach Stott. "It becomes a game of details. Who is going to get their serves in, who is going to put the ball away, who is going to pass well - it's the little, little fundamental things that make all of the difference in the game."

Green Valley won six Provincial A Varsity Girls volleyball championships between 1975 and 1993.

Coach Wiens explained why this Pirates team was able to bring home the school's first AA championship banner when so many really good Green Valley volleyball teams came up short these past few years.

"They played like a team. It was an incredibly close bunch of girls who treated each other very, very well throughout the whole season. That tightness and closeness made for the best team."

Niverville's Keziah Hoeppner and Julia Beer along with Green Valley's Vanessa Friesen were named to the All-Star team.

Friesen was also the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Players Choice Award recipient.


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Friday, March 22nd

CSHL
Ste. Anne 5 Grunthal 3
(Aces lead best of 7 final 3-2)

MJHL
Steinbach 3 Swan Valley 2
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

AHL
Manitoba 2 Colorado 0

NHL
Minnesota 2 Washington 1
Anaheim 4 San Jose 3 (OT)

NBA
Oklahoma City 116 Toronto 109
Orlando 123 Memphis 119 (OT)
L.A. Clippers 110 Cleveland 108
Denver 111 New York 93
Houston 111 San Antonio 105
Milwaukee 116 Miami 87
Brooklyn 111 L.A. Lakers 106

Saturday, March 23rd

HTJHL
Red River vs Springfield
@ Oakbank, 8 p.m.
(Mudbugs lead best of 7 final 2-1)

MJHL
Steinbach at Swan Valley, 7:30 p.m.
(Pistons lead best of 7 semifinal 1-0)
Virden at Portage, 7:30 p.m.
(1st game in series)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
(Wild lead best of 5 final 1-0)

AHL
Manitoba at Colorado, 8:05 p.m.

NHL
Arizona at New Jersey, 12 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Chicago at Colorado, 2 p.m.
Ottawa at Edmonton, 3 p.m.
Nashville at Winnipeg, 6 p.m.
Boston at Florida, 6 p.m.
Buffalo at Montreal, 6 p.m.
Minnesota at Carolina, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Vegas, 9 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Boston at Charlotte, 5 p.m.
Miami at Washington, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Utah at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Portland, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at Sacramento, 9 p.m.

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