Day 1 – The U17’s started the tournament with a tough draw but faced three strong 18U teams with courage and determination. They began the day strong demonstrating both excitement and focus. In the second set, they were able to calm right down and execute strategic plays. Selects started the second game of the day against Fernie 18U down 10-3. However, after a quick player switch, the girls turned things around and battled point for point, right to the end but lost 23-25. After this, they were able to build on their momentum and take the next two sets quite handily. In the third game of the tournament, the girls faced their fears, and went up against the formidable 18U Dinos. Although they did not walk away with the win, they put up a great fight earning double digit scores in each of the sets played. The last game of the day saw the girls up against EKVC 18U. The girls made some impressive plays, but were unable to obtain the win. For some comic relief and a short break in play, the selects small but mighty libero powered the game ball up into the rafters where it will wait to be retrieved at a later date.

Day 2 – Despite heavy snowfall warnings and freezing temperatures, the girls traveled to Okotoks for the second leg of the tourney. Day 2 started with a match against Tabor WAM. Selects were back to a full line-up and were able to clinch a win in two games. Once in the field house, the girls played against TSAVC where they won the first set 25-18. The second set of the game proved to be a bit more challenging with some controversial calls and some unlucky bounces. They did not give up and managed to pull off the win and set themselves up for an exciting final game.

For the final game, purple and black played SLVC Blue. It was a difficult game that challenged the girls mentally. Although it was a tough end to the first tournament, many lessons were learned, and the girls began to really gel as a team.

Coach Steve felt that the team did a great job of mitigating errors. He is feeling positive about the baseline they will be working from to move forward to Phoenix and the rest of the season. He is most impressed with how his players, challenged with new positions, are stepping up and embracing the opportunities to learn and expand their skills.

The highlight of the tournament was the team spirit sported in Dholi’s purple “highlights”. Could this be a new trend for the team? Only time will tell. Coaches??????