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Manitoba’s female volleyball squad has blazed a trail to the gold-medal matchup at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
The hosts qualified for today’s championship match against Alberta at Investors Group Athletic Centre after defeating Ontario 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-17, 26-24) in a Friday night semifinal.
Manitoba has won five matches in the second week of Games competition, suffering its only loss to British Columbia on Wednesday night.
The provincial squad, coached by Josh Thordarson, is guaranteed at least a silver medal, beefing up Manitoba’s medal haul on home turf. The team had secured 41 medals by late Friday to eclipse the mark of 35 set in Sherbrooke, Que., four years ago.
"This was the entire goal of the summer and the vision for these girls, to see them compete in this final match. It’s an absolute dream come true for tem. We gave them a game plan and they executed it perfectly," Thordarson said.
Ayiya Ottogo, an outside hitter, led the club in every statistical categrory.
"She was incredibly dynamic, a lot of fire, and it carried us," the coach said.
Alberta knocked off New Brunswick in straight sets in the other female volleyball semifinal.
Ontario and New Brunswick hook up for bronze at noon.
— Jason Bell