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Raider boys take silver as they host volleyball tourney

Continues string of top-three finishes
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The YRHS Raiders won their pool but lost in final to top-ranked Swift Current.
YORKTON - The Yorkton Regional High School Raider boys’ volleyball team hosted an eight team tournament over the week. 

The host Raiders topped their pool with Swift Current having the best record in the second pool.  

For the Raiders it was off to the playoffs where they defeated cross-city rivals the Sacred Heart Saints in a quarter final match, then defeated Carnduff in the semi-finals. 

In the championship finals the Raiders squared off against Swift Current who have been ranked number one in the province having lost only one match. 

Swift Current’s stellar record would remain intact as they defeated the Raiders to take the gold medals, leaving YRHS with the silver in their own tourney. 

“We started off slow getting down early 11-1 in first game but regrouped and fought back to make it close at the end,” said Raider head coach Dion Pfeifer. 

“We got more comfortable as the match went along, and gave them a run.” 

“(It was) definitely a real fun and exciting match to be involved in, and the fans got to watch two of the best teams in the province go head-to-head.” 

Pfeifer noted there were “lots of exciting rallies, big kills, and great digs.” 

In the second game it was tied at 23-23 until Swift Current pulled it out at the end for the win. 

“(I’m) very proud of how we competed throughout the weekend,” said Pfeifer. 

The Yorkton tournament included; YRHS, Swift Current, Estevan, Balgonie, Melville, Langenburg, Sacred Heart, and Carnduff. 

For YRHS the event continues a strong season to-date. 

“We have had a very successful year,” said Pfeifer, adding the Raiders have won three tournaments, one silver and two bronzes while never having finished outside the top-three.

“It’s a very nice group of kids,” said Pfeifer, noting they have seven Grade 12's who he termed “great athletes and great individuals,” with a dedication to the sport which “is phenomenal.” 

Up next for the Raiders is a trip to Estevan for Southern Regional playdowns with the top-two teams advancing to Provincials in Saskatoon Nov. 19/20. 

“I expect us and Swift Current to advance to Provincials,” said Pfeifer.