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Team Manitoba’s women’s volleyball team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Canada Games.
The Team ’Toba ladies only lost one set on Monday at the Investors Group Athletic Centre, as they started the day with a dominating straight set victory over the Yukon (25-6, 25-5, 25-5) before defeating Nova Scotia 3-1 (27-29, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17).
"It was a great start to the beginning of the Canada Games," said 18-year old Ayiya Ottogo, who will be joining the University of Manitoba Bisons’ team in the fall.
The team’s 6 p.m. match against Nova Scotia was aired on TSN. Ottogo says it was an amazing atmosphere, playing on TV and in front of so many fans, but it took a while to get used to.
"It was definitely nerve-wracking at first. In the first set we got the nerves out and then we settled down and took home the last three sets which was awesome," said Ottogo.
On the men’s side, Manitoba finished the day with a 1-1 record. ’Toba defeated Northwest Territories 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-4) before losing in straight sets to Ontario at night (25-15, 25-23, 25-19).
"We went into (the Ontario) game knowing it would be a really tough game. We did OK. We played probably 50 per cent of what we’re capable of," said Owen Schwartz, who will be joining the Bisons’ men’s team next season.
Despite the loss to Ontario, Schwartz says he and his teammates aren’t discouraged: "We’re pretty hungry. We know we can do better than that."
Both Manitoba teams will be hitting the court again today at the Sport for Life Centre. The women play Saskatchewan at 4 p.m. and the men play New Brunswick at 6 p.m.
— Taylor Allen
Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011. Well, sort of.