The YRHS Raiders senior girls and boys volleyball teams both took home gold over the weekend. The lady Raiders took the gold medal at the Sacred Heart High School home tournament in Yorkton over the weekend while the boys took home gold on the road in Estevan. The Lady Saints won the final in three sets against Estevan after losing the first set 25-15, winning set two 25-20 and the third set 15-6. The Lady Saints lost to Estevan in the semifinals with a fatigued squad serving double duty with many Saints players playing both soccer and volleyball on the weekend. The Saints lost the first set in the semifinal 25-8 and lost the second set by just four points in a heartbreaking 25-21 loss, preventing an all Yorkton final.
Boys action saw the Raiders take home gold in Estevan in what was a competitive road tournament. The Raiders went 4-0 in round robin play which was highlighted by a three set victory over Estevan in what head coach Dion Pfeifer said was a very exciting game.
The Raiders then headed into the knockout rounds where they rolled through the quarter and semifinals winning the quarterfinal in straight sets and taking out Oxbow in a three set win in the semis to set up a final between the Raiders and Winston Knoll.
Winston Knoll took the first set off the Raiders 25-14 before the Raiders stormed back with two gutsy wins taking the second set 26-24 and the third set 25-23 to capture gold in a thrilling final.
Coach Pfeifer said grade twelve veterans Ben Redl and Daniel Mandziuk had very good weekends for the Raiders at the middle and setter positions and that the win was a great confidence booster heading into their home tournament on November 2nd and 3rd.