This past weekend our 14U team travelled to Lethbridge for their second preseason tournament in the LVC Midget Mash. The only 14U team in a strong lineup the girls had their work cut out for them.

The Round-robin stage saw them line up against Flare 15U, Panthers Sealth and Taber’s WHAM! From the start our girls knew this was going to be a tough day facing Flare 15U and being stretched by a strong service game from the first whistle they lost both sets 10 and 16. The second match against the Panthers saw out girls more settled and taking the game to their opponents and winning in the first, very hard fought, set 29-27. The Panthers came back in the second pulling ahead in the second half of the set to win 25-15. The final pool game saw the girls face the 16U team from WHAM! and we brought a solid performance to hold them to 20 and 16pts in each set. A good all around performance from the girls in their toughest set of games this season.

Their crossover game saw them face the 403 Selects 15U team, and what a match! The first set was a game of serve and receive with both teams bringing out their big guns on service and the 15U’s initially getting the best but up stepped 14U’s Briana (#1) to serve 11 straight points forcing timeouts from the 15U coach to bring the 14’s back into the match. The first set finally went to the 14U’s 31-29 and credit to 15U Coach Cowper for having his team correct the referee on a touch at a critical point in the set that would have seen the 15Us win. The second set saw the 14’s continue to force the older girls to bring their best game to the court with the 15’s finally pulling ahead in the end to win 25:20. In the final set the 15’s asserted their experience and strength over their younger teammates winning 15:4, but as all who watched the game would agree the 14’s forced their older Clubmates to bring their best game, more good signs for the season ahead.

With Saturday being Ashley’s 14th Birthday the team relaxed after the game at a local DQ and enjoyed some well earned R&R and bonding time; coach Mike commented “a good day, they played hard and did well”. Kirsty said “So much fun! Can’t wait for Edmonton”.

The girls have a couple of weeks of practice ahead before their next tournament at the 15U Family Day Classic in Edmonton on the 15th February, in the meantime they will continue their team bonding with a sleepover next weekend.