The St. Thomas Aquinas Saints are second in their pool at the OFSAA Provincial Girls Volleyball Championships after a loss to University of Toronto Schools this morning.
The Saints lost in two sets to UTS, who are undefeated so far in the competition.
Head Coach Megan Derouard said the loss won't slow them down.
"This is what you play for. You play into get into that quarterfinal match, because then you have a shot. If you can just get in it. It's the hardest match to win at OFSAA. It's best of 5 now, it's 3 hours long, and you just have to get there, and that's what these girls did," she said.
Derouard also said they anticipate a challenge going into the quarterfinals.
"When you're in the top 8 teams in OFSAA playing for a medal you're going to have a tough game," she said.
She added the team's spirits are high.
"The girls are happy, and they're excited. Why wouldn't they be? If they win this game tonight they're going to be playing for an OFSAA medal at home. What could make you more motivated?" she said.
The Saints are 2 and 1 in the competition and will play again this afternoon in the championship quarterfinal at 5 p.m. at the Sportsplex. They will play the first team in pool D.