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Neelin, MBCI set for championship rematch in girls' volleyball

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Jordan Hardy (8) of the Neelin Spartans spikes the ball into the hands of Miles Macdonell Buckeyes blockers.

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Jordan Hardy (8) of the Neelin Spartans spikes the ball into the hands of Miles Macdonell Buckeyes blockers. Photo Store

A rematch is in store for the AAAA provincial high school girls’ volleyball championships, as the defending champion Neelin Spartans will once again face the Mennonite Brethren Hawks for the Manitoba crown.

Both teams punched their ticket to the final with confident wins at Investors Group Centre on Wednesday night. The Spartans, who came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed, kicked it off with a three-set win over the third-seeded Miles Macdonell Buckeyes.

The Spartans took command of the game early and struck often at Investors Group Centre, taking the sets 25-13, 25-19 and 25-19 to win the first semifinal of the evening. Middle Paige Thomson was named Neelin’s MVP, while Buckeyes left-side hitter Cassie Bujan was named the player of the game for her team.

The Hawks then dispatched the Westwood Warriors in three forceful sets to seal the final match-up. The Warriors battled hard but couldn’t close the gap, as the Hawks won 25-22, 25-18 and 25-19. Left side Tyneille Neufeld was named the player of the game for the Warriors, while Maiya Westwood of the Hawks was named MVP for the winning side.

The Hawks and Spartans will now face off at 6 p.m. on Monday night at Investors Group Centre. The boys’ AAAA high school volleyball semifinals are slated for Thursday night at 6 and 8 p.m., with their finals slated for 8 p.m. on Monday.

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Updated on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM CST: Adds photo.

9:11 PM: Updates copy, headline following second semifinal.

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