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Volleyball teams go 1-1

Team Manitoba’s women’s volleyball team fell for the first time at the Canada Games on Wednesday night — but that’s OK.

Despite losing to British Columbia in front of a sold-out crowd at Investors Group Athletic Centre, Manitoba clinched the top spot in Group C. Their record of 4-1 was tied with Nova Scotia, but they beat Nova Scotia on Monday, which gave them the tiebreaker.

The ‘Toba ladies started Wednesday with a straight-set victory over P.E.I. (25-8, 25-7, 25-9) before the B.C. match in the evening. It was standing room only for the 8 p.m. match against B.C. — Games staff were forced to turn people away at the doors.

The visitors defeated Manitoba in four sets (25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22) to improve their record to 3-2, but that won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs. Saskatchewan also sits at 3-2, but they defeated B.C. in four sets on Monday to give them the advantage.

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Team Manitoba’s women’s volleyball team fell for the first time at the Canada Games on Wednesday night — but that’s OK.

Despite losing to British Columbia in front of a sold-out crowd at Investors Group Athletic Centre, Manitoba clinched the top spot in Group C. Their record of 4-1 was tied with Nova Scotia, but they beat Nova Scotia on Monday, which gave them the tiebreaker.

The ‘Toba ladies started Wednesday with a straight-set victory over P.E.I. (25-8, 25-7, 25-9) before the B.C. match in the evening. It was standing room only for the 8 p.m. match against B.C. — Games staff were forced to turn people away at the doors.

The visitors defeated Manitoba in four sets (25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22) to improve their record to 3-2, but that won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs. Saskatchewan also sits at 3-2, but they defeated B.C. in four sets on Monday to give them the advantage.

"It’s really exciting (being the first seed). Coming into this, I didn’t know what to expect," Manitoba’s Ashleigh Laube said.

Manitoba’s men’s team also started the day off on the right foot, before dropping their evening match.

The local guys beat Newfoundland and Labrador in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-17) in a day match, but couldn’t handle Alberta, as they lost 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 25-22) in the evening match.

"It’s too bad because we played pretty well. They had some runs but I think we played strong," left-side hitter Jon Laube said.

The women’s team earned a bye to Friday’s semifinal, but the Manitoba men will have to fight their way to a medal match as they play a quarter-final game at 4 p.m. today at IGAC against either B.C. or Saskatchewan.

— Taylor Allen

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