The 18U 2018 club season wrapped up with Volleyball Canada’s Nationals, held at the Edmonton Expo Center from Sunday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 22.  

Day One

Preliminaries weren’t very successful for the combined 17&18U 403 Selects. After disappointing losses to Ontario’s Pakmen (12-25, 12-25), and the Central Alberta Queens Volleyball Club (19-25 and 14-25), the girls gave the first set of game three to Fraser Valley Volleyball Club (12-25) before finally gaining momentum in the second set. Despite being ahead most of the game, Purple lost the second set 23-25, putting them in fourth place and headed for a lower tier.

Day Two

Power pool play started out with the Selects playing Briercrest from Saskatchewan.  After losing the first set 9-25, the girls gathered momentum to win the second 25-19, but unfortunately lost the third 8-15.  The second game against the University of Winnipeg (Junior Wesmen) saw 403’s serving finally start working for them.  They had a run to make up 6 points, and some strong hits and blocks.  Unfortunately, they still lost the first 20-25 and the second 15-25.  The third and final game of the day was against the Ace of Hearts Red from the Calgary area. The girls finally came out strong and gained confidence and momentum to win the first set 25-18 and the second 25-16.  

 

Day Three

playoffs saw the Selects put the defeat behind them and continue their winning streak.  The 7:30 am game was against Bonnyville, AB’s Rhinos. The girls showed energy and spirit to win both matches (25-20, 25-16) and continue with their play.  The girls played Nova Scotia’s Elite for the second game. The girls were determined against this tough, evenly matched team and won the first set 25-22.  The second set was very close, with 403 being up by only two or three almost the whole set only to have Nova Scotia take the lead 21-22. It was point for point until Purple finally won 28-26. 

The gold medal match saw 403 again facing Calgary’s Ace of Hearts Red. The first set was close. With an effective timeout 403 started to dominate, and a beautiful serve won the first set for Purple 25-18.  The Selects struggled to maintain much of a lead during set two against a determined opponent.  Again, the girls rallied and won 25-21, awarding them the gold medal for Division One, Tier Four.

It was a pleasure to be able to watch this very talented team throughout the year.  Many thanks to the coaches, athletes and parents for a wonderful season.  Good luck to the 18U players who are continuing on with other future plans, and we look forward to seeing the 17U players again next season!