Just making it to the playoffs will have to suffice for the 2021-2022 editions of the Cambrian Golden Shield volleyball contingent.
Both the men and the women were defeated in four sets, with the ladies likely the tougher pill to swallow, given that it occurred on home court against a lower seeded opponent.
Cambrian, which finished third in the OCAA West with an impressive mark of 7-2 this year, fell to the 4-5 Redeemer Royals 18-25, 17-25, 25-18, 21-25.
Abby Sluys (13 kills) and Jasmyn Stoffers (12) powered the Royals' attack, as the Hamilton-based crew avenged a tough five set loss to Cambrian to begin the season: 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 16-25, 10-15.
Brielle Chicoine (11), Jordan Phillips (11) and Katie Albert (10) showed the way in kills for coach Dale Beausoleil and company, with Redeemer simply enjoying far too many more attack opportunities (142-111) for the Shield to overcome.
The situation was mirrored by the Cambrian men, the lads hitting the road with their 4-5 record in hand, meeting the 7-2 Sheridan Bruins in Toronto.
Cambrian certainly did not go down without a fight, outlasted 13-25, 25-21, 18-25, 30-32.
Running just seven players deep, the Golden Shield featured the powerful swings of Stephen Brown (15 kills), Sven Trodel (9), Jason Diotte (8) and Kurtis Brisebois (7), with setter Jack Daley distributing the ball nicely.
The one-two punch of Patrick Andula (17) and Marcus Ahmadzai (16) were front and centre for Sheridan, who now move on to play the Georgian Cubs on Saturday.