Day One

17U Selects converged on the court ready for competition Saturday morning when they faced off against Flare. The girls started out and stayed strong through set 1. It was a good, close game from beginning to end and had the fans commenting on the caliber of play and competition. Score 25-21 Selects. Set 2 was essentially a cookie cutter version of the first with some impressive rallies and passionate play. Even the score followed suit and 403 secured another 25-21 win. The second game on Saturday found the girls up against Tabor Wam. This game was characterized by excellent rallies, acrobatic digs and powerhouse blocks. U17 blasted through with a first set score of 25- 18.

After an almost full line change, 403 came out strong again. A five-point serving streak occurred early in the game and set the stage for a large point spread to emerge. The girls noticeably enjoyed the game play and filled the court with smiles and positive and productive chatter. Final score was 25-12. Saturday’s third game saw intense competition for our warriors in purple, as they battled against NAVC. At first, the game was point answered by point, but as happens in volleyball, momentum swayed and the girls found themselves down 11-15. All it took was a smart play to regain possession of the ball and a powerful serving streak to bring the girls back into the game. The score was tied at 18 and then went back to a point for point game until 23 when a brilliant rally and amazing dig won the game for the girls. Set 2 against NAVC was a bit of a tumultuous game. 403 started behind, regained control, moved ahead, and tied at 16. From there, the girls scored a slam dunk and continued forward to a strong fight for dominance and a final score of 25-20 for selects.

The crossover game, against Edmonton’s Momentum, took the girls all 3 sets to secure the win, but secure it they did. Set one had a promising start with the girls ahead 14-7. Sadly the “momentum” swung the other way, and the girls lost 25-20. Set two had the girls back on track with an early lead. This game was characterized by solid serving, and spirited support from the bench. Enthusiasm and good vibes helped spur the girls on to secure a 25-17 win. The third set was just a flash in the pan as the girls won handily with a final score of 15-1.

Day Two

Sunday’s first game was against Queens – a formidable opponent. The game was a back and forth seesaw battle with both teams playing hard. Midway through the match the girls were playing with confidence and smarts. In the end however, some unlucky bounces and strong net play by Queens left 403 with a loss at 25-20. Set two was characterized by long rallies and one exceptionally nice power kill. Midway through, the girls found themselves with a four-point deficit. They battled back, with strong play and great digs, and managed to rattle Queens’ confidence. The girls then took advantage of their opponent’s mistakes and pulled out a three-point win. Let me tell you – fans got real bang for their entertainment buck! Sadly, the third set against Queens ended in a disappointing loss.

The second game of the day against WAM went three sets to provide the win. Overall, the game was characterized by tenacious play, solid blocks, strategic hits from well placed sets, and an ACE timed just right. Velocity was the final opponent of the Tournament. Set one started off point for point, but failing to convert cost the girls a couple of kills. Despite valiant effort, Selects were unable to get things going and ended up with a tough loss. Set two found Velocity take an early lead, but the girls of 403 collected themselves, found their game and battled hard to a 25-18 win. Set three was anyone’s game. The teams exchanged leads and were ahead 8-7 at the switch. 403 Selects continued to display skill in playmaking and digging up the ball. The girls played an intense and passionate game but in the end lost 15-17.

The overall feeling from the weekend was one of pride for excellent play, great learning opportunities, and team cohesiveness. Way to go girls!