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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Wednesday, January 16th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Basketball
Varsity Boys
SRSS vs Glenlawn
@ Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
Junior Varsity Boys
SRSS vs Dakota
@ Steinbach, 6 p.m.

WHSHL
SRSS vs Kelvin
@ Wpg, 4:15 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman vs Wpg Ice
@ Ste. Anne, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Thrashers at Wpg Wild, 7 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Milwaukee
@ Wpg, 7 p.m.

NHL
Colorado at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Boston at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Calgary, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NBA
Orlando at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Houston, 7 p.m.
San Antonio at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Portland, 9 p.m.
New Orleans at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15th

South Central Athletic Conference
Junior Varsity Boys Basketball
SRSS 95 College Jeanne-Sauve 43

WWHSHL
West Kildonan 2 SRSS 1 (SO)

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
North Wpg 6 St. Malo 4

CSHL
Grunthal 7 La Broquerie 1

NHL
Winnipeg 4 Vegas 1
N.Y. Rangers 6 Carolina 2
N.Y. Islanders 2 St. Louis 1 (OT)
Columbus 4 New Jersey 1
Detroit 3 Anaheim 1
Montreal 5 Florida 1
Minnesota 3 Los Angeles 2 (SO)
Nashville 7 Washington 2
Tampa Bay 2 Dallas 0
San Jose 5 Pittsburgh 2

NBA
Philadelphia 149 Minnesota 107
Indiana 131 Phoenix 97
Atlanta 142 Oklahoma City 126
Milwaukee 124 Miami 86
Golden State 142 Denver 111
L.A. Lakers 107 Chicago 100

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