Twenty volleyball teams and around 400 people from across Ontario will be in Muskoka this weekend for a provincial championship.
Huntsville High School (HHS) is this year’s host for the OFSAA Boys AA Volleyball Championship, with games also taking place at St. Dominic’s, as well as Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School.
First serve is Nov. 24, with games running until the championship match at HHS on the 26th. Home team Huntsville Hoyas is one of only two local teams in the tournament, the other being Twin Lakes Secondary School in Orillia.
Sara Hutson, one of the HHS teachers organizing the event, says this is the first time a volleyball tournament of this caliber has come to town.
“We’re going to have the best senior volleyball at the high school level coming to Muskoka,” says Hutson. “It’s the biggest volleyball tournament, probably the highest level of volleyball, that will come to Muskoka. We haven’t seen a tournament like this come [here] yet, so it’s going to be an exciting thing for fans and spectators to see.”
According to Hutson, both the volleyball team and HHS student body are hard at work preparing for the event, planning activities and giveaways.
Although it’s a tough fight ahead, she says to not count out the Hoyas just yet.
“Having all the home crowd support, I think that’ll really get them going,” says Hutson. “They’re definitely going to face some deep competition, a level of competition that they probably haven’t played before. But I think we have a little bit of that underdog mentality, where depending on the mentality that they come into the games with, they could maybe sneak away with a few wins that are unexpected.”
Hutson adds that many of the visitors might be experiencing Muskoka for the first time, and asks the community to be welcoming.
A schedule and results for the games will be posted to the OFSAA website as the tournament progresses.