The 18U 403’s played hard this weekend at the Saville Center in Edmonton for their third VA Premier, ending the weekend in 6th place, and heading into provincials in the A pool.

Day One

18u Selects started Saturday off in a game against Velocity 18U.  The game started out close, with the girls not quite playing up to their potential. Coach Phil took a time out when the score was 9-12, and three points later the game took an unfortunate turn for Velocity, as one of their players was carried off the court with an ankle injury. As the score reached 20-20, the Selects really picked up the tempo and started playing with intensity, pulling off a nail biting 27-15 win. In the second set, communication was down as the Selects started the game off in a 2-8 hole. They spent the game trying to climb their way back out, but couldn’t manage it, ending the second set with a 16-25 loss. In the third set, 403 pulled ahead 8-6 at the switch. They finished the game with a great serving run and a final score of 15-11.

In game two against the Nooks, the Selects started the game off with a huge kill and great energy. They kept control of the game until towards the end where the girls let off the gas, making the score 22-21 with the Selects in the lead. Purple regained their stride and strong serving finished the game with the first set going to the Selects 25-21.  In the second set, the girls were neck and neck with the Nooks, with the score tied at ten. With aggression and enthusiasm, they pulled ahead and won 25-15, finishing once again with strong serves.

In the third match of pool play, the Selects took on the 17U Pandas.  Setting the tone on the first play, the Selects made some massive blocks. Their strong net presence and great communication put them ahead at 21-17.  The Pandas started to make a comeback, and the Selects just couldn’t keep their momentum, losing the set 22-25. In the second set, they were ahead once again with the score being 20-14. Once again, they played amazing but they just couldn’t finish, and ended up losing their second set 21-25.

In the crossover against Edmonton’s NAVC Griffins, the Selects faced some big challenges as their setter was out with an injury, but that did not stop them as they came out on top with a 25-13 win. In the second set, the girls started in a deficit of 5-12, coming back to make the score 17-19. However, they lost momentum and NAVC finished with a kill, winning by 7 points. In the third set, 403 was down 6-8 at the switch. They tied it up 10-10, and made some great plays at the net to win the crossover game 15-11.

Day Two

The Selects started day two with a quarter final against Dinos 18U. Starting from behind they fought hard and gained the lead at 7-6.  The girls kept the game exciting and close until 403 gave up some big points toward the end, losing the set 18-25. The second set saw Purple playing a bit scattered.  They made a small comeback but fell short, losing 14-25.

The next game saw them facing Velocity again.  403 came out firing, winning some very athletic rallies and taking the first set 25-19. The second set was tighter with this closely matched team, and although Purple made a huge comeback, they couldn’t manage to pull off the second set, losing 24-26. Going strong into the third set they played with lots of grit and strength. The score was tight, making it a nerve racking game to watch but awesome to celebrate with a kill to win the third set.

They now faced Dinos 17U to play for fifth. The girls seemed to lose some focus and struggled against the Dino’s strong offence. Giving in to fatigue, the girls gave it their all but lost both sets.

Overall it was a very successful weekend for our 18Us. With some highs and lows, they know what they need to do in order to prepare for Provincials in Calgary at the end of the month where they will start in the top 4.

Great job to our coaches and players this weekend and thanks to the parents for driving and supporting our girls!