403 Selects Purple and Black teams traveled to our province’s capital city this past weekend to compete in their second Alberta Volleyball Premier! Edmonton hosted 48 13U teams from all over the Alberta and parts of British Columbia. The main venue for this event was the incredible Saville Centre. 13U Purple became a force to be reckoned with. Along with their ‘Cheese Puff’ mascot, the team rallied their way to a 6-0 winning streak and met Edmonton’s Pandas in the final Gold Medal match…

Day One 

Match number one of the tournament was up against the GPRC Wolves. During their first set, 403 Selects Purple experienced an almost shutout game only allowing the Wolves to score 3 points against them (25-3). The second set proved more challenging, but 403 Purple’s communication allowed them to win 25-17. The third and final set of the match was close! Team Purple closed out the set with a 15-13 nail-biter!

During their second match, 403 Purple rallied against FOG White.  FOG came out on top with a strong offense the first match, 21-25. With the power of communication and a positive mindset, 13u Purple did what they do best, and closed out the second and third sets under pressure (25-14 and 15-13)! Parents were losing their cheering voices by the third match against Edmonton’s Nooks team. The first two sets were extremely close, but Purple rose to the occasion and won 25-21 and 25-21. The Nooks stole set three (8-15), but the two set wins against them allowed 403 Purple to advance to the crossover game against FOG Red.

403 Selects Purple won the first set 25-14, but were unable to steal the close second set (21-25). The stakes were high and Team Purple were focused on strong communication. It was a high energy last set with incredible rallies for both teams. Team Purple’s consistent serving and offence lead to a heart-stopping 18-16 win over FOG Red! 403 Selects Purple had triumphed over all their opponents after the first day and made it into the top 8 out of 48 teams.

Day Two 

It was an early start on Sunday 403 Selects Purple! They met their first opponent, TSAVC , who they had battled against in their Sunday Super League games. 403 Selects won a very tight first set, 25-21!  TSAVC proved to be a strong defensive team, and 403 Selects suffered a close loss in the second set 20-25. The girls showed their strength once again under pressure and took the final set of the match, 15-7.

The second game of the day was against the Rhinos. The Rhinos were aggressive with their offense, but 403 Selects battled and came out on top for both sets; 25-19, and finally 25-14. This win was huge, sending 403 Selects Purple to play in the final Gold medal match for Division 1!

The first set of the gold medal game had the crowd on the edge of their seats for both sides. 403 Selects Purple came out on top with a win of 25-21! During the second set, the Pandas played extremely well and took the set 15-25. The third set was by far the loudest of the day in the gym. Team Purple was down 14-3 and held the Pandas off from their win with amazing long rallies and strong defensive skills. Pandas eventually achieved the final point and won 9-15.

VA Premier #2 was another incredible success story for 403 Selects 13u Purple. Their strong bond and skills, amazing coaches and supportive parents were all factors that allowed Purple to claim their FIRST medal of the season (SILVER!) at this competition.

403 Selects Purple are looking forward to playing in Provincials next month in Calgary!