The 17U 403 Selects team arrived at Rally Pointe for the beginning of the Volleyball Alberta season with determination, knowing they would be competing against many of the top 17U & 18U teams in the province. When the dust settled, 403 Selects 17U solidified themselves as one of only 6 17U teams to finish in the top 16 teams in this highly competitive tournament.

Coaches are proud of how the team committed to the values they set out in training, and demonstrated many positive qualities to build on in the coming weeks before the north/south combine at the next VA Premier tournament.

403 Selects 17U now head down to Nevada next weekend to compete in the SCVA 30th Annual Las Vegas Classic February 13-15th.

Tournament recap:

Pool play/Round Robin

The 17U Selects squad came out firing on all cylinders, making quick work of Jr. Broncos 18U and Peak 17U. In the third match of the day, 403 matched up with an experienced LVC Jr. Kodiaks 18U team. Anticipating this would be their toughest challenge of the day so far, 403 came in prepared to dive in to the match with as much energy as possible. They controlled the serve/receive game, neutralizing a strong Kodiaks middle attack. Executing well at the beginning of the match, they raced to an early 7-3 lead and never looked back, taking the first set 25-22. Momentum swayed in the second set, when the Selects surrendered an early lead to fall behind 12-17. With a ‘never quit’ mentality, 403 stormed back to close the game on a 13-2 run, taking the second set 25-19 and the match 2-0. This secured a crucial 1st place finish in their pool, guaranteeing them a finish in the top half of the tournament.

Crossover

403 and Panthers 17U had numerous epic battles during last year’s 16U season and this one was nothing short of a thriller. 403 dictated the pace in the first set, jumping out to an early 14-6 lead. As true to classic Panthers fashion, they were difficult to put away, and climbed back, fighting off four possible 403 set-winning points. Panthers came out ahead in set one, edging 403 29-27. They would go on to control the second set 25-17 and take the match 2-0.

Playoffs

Sunday morning featured a match between 403 and Canuck 17. This was the only match of the weekend that saw 403’s passing struggle with consistency at times, resulting in Canuck winning 2-0. The Selects showed great resiliency in the next match, squaring off against a tough SAVC 18 team. Applying the lessons learned in the Canuck match, 403 controlled the match, battling hard to secure a victory in straight sets. In the final match of the tournament, 403 matched up with CAQVC 17 from Red Deer. This match was tight from the beginning, with both teams exchanging blows through the first two games, needing a third set to decide the match. The Queens would eventually come out on top 15-11.

Match results (4W – 3L):

  • 2-0 W vs. Jr. Broncos 18U (25-12, 25-15)
  • 2-0 W vs. Peak 17U (25-9, 25-13)
  • 2-0 W vs. LVC Jr. Kodiaks 18U (25-22, 25-19)
  • 0-2 L vs. Panthers 17U (27-29, 17-25)
  • 0-2 L vs. Canuck 17U (17-25, 20-25)
  • 2-0 W vs. SAVC 18U (25-17, 25-18)
  • 1-2 L vs. CAQVC 17U (25-20, 20-25, 11-15)