14U Training Week Huge Success

On Jan 28-29, the 403 Selects 14U team embarked on the start of a training week. Starting at 9:00 am, a 2.5h hour session on two courts provided a great opportunity to maximize touches. The girls went for lunch at Jack Astor’s before being locked in the Sinister Study. Despite their best efforts to escape in the allotted time, the 14% escape rate was just out of their reach.

A trip to Sobey’s was the next destination where the girls were given a budget for dinner. Checking out at the till $15.00 under budget, it was time to explore their culinary skills at making their own dinner (and for the coaches!). Dinner was a resounding success, healthy, and prepared very well. Cleanup was done without being asked and the night was spent together with some team bonding time. Great time was shared together.

The weekend training session wrapped up with another 2.5h session on two courts, again with much accomplished in this time. Thanks to technical director, Carsten Stanjeck for coming out and assisting in the session. It was great learning for all.

The training week continued with three more training sessions followed by competing in the Lethbridge Volleyball Club Midget (15U/16U) Mash tournament on Saturday Feb. 4 th . The only 14U team there, the girls held their own playing a 15U team from Brooks. The girls dropped a close first set 23-25 but came away with their first match win of the season taking the second set 25-21! Next up was a 16/17U team from Vulcan. The girls went 23 and 20 keeping pace with the more experienced squad the entire way.

LVC Storm 15U started slow dropping the first set 15-25, but the girls were resilient and stormed back to win the next set and match 25-13. To stay in contention for a playoff position the road was going to be tough as 2 more 16U teams to compete with. With a two-game break, we had the time to celebrate a birthday together, according to the girls, “cupcakes and volleyball, who could ask for more!”

LVC Royals 16U proved to be tough losing the first set 14-25. Again, showing incredible grit and resiliency, they came back to take the second set 25-20! Fantastic play by all. The last match of the day was against Ace 16U Black (who turned out to be the tournament champions). The girls held their own in the start of each set but were not able to maintain the consistency required to keep up with the more experienced 16U squad. Well done Ace.

Our focus has been culture from the start and the girls did not disappoint in this department. Their support for one another and entertaining antics from the bench were the topic of many discussions in the crowds. The coaching staff is very proud of the girls and extend a huge thank you to parents for your support. The girls were well looked after with your efforts, and it was appreciated by all. We have some work to do back in the gym Monday, and are very much looking forward to our first Volleyball Alberta Premier Feb 25-26 th in Calgary.