The Cornerstone Falcons came up just short of brining home their first provincial volleyball medal over the weekend.

The Falcons lost in two sets (25-15, 25-15) to Carnduff in the bronze medal game at the 2017 SHSAA 3A Boys Volleyball Provincial Championship in Kipling and Whitewood.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Cornerstone grade 11 Ben Lewis on the team’s run over the weekend.

Cornerstone struggled to start provincials, dropping all three of their round robin games on Friday. They won over Langham in three sets to close out the round robin on Saturday and secure a spot in the playoff round.

That’s where the Falcons turned it on, they drove from Whitewood to Kipling and knocked off top ranked Birch Hills in a two-set thriller (25-19, 27-25) in the quarterfinals. 

“We were thinking that things might have been over, we barely even made it into the quarters, we’re going to play this really tough team, but we got the first point — one of our smaller guys got a nice kill — and it got the ball rolling,” said Lewis on the big quarterfinal win.

Cornerstone would then fall in two sets to Meath Park in the semifinals before dropping the bronze medal game to Carnduff, which gave them their best finish in 16 trips to provincials.

“I’ve been to provincials a couple of years before with my brothers and we never got that far, so even though we lost our semifinal game, it was a good experience and I get to brag to them about that,” said Lewis.

“It was a really good moment to be a part of this team.”

The Falcons will only lose one player from this year’s squad, so a return trip to provincials could be in the cards again next season.

The Vanier Vikings were at the 4A Boys Volleyball Provincial Championships in Humboldt.  After going 1-3 in the round robin, they lost out to Melfort in two sets in the quarterfinals.

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