It was an exciting and rewarding end for our U18 girls at the Canadian Volleyball National Championships held May 6-8, 2016 in Edmonton.
Nationals is a three day tournament with preliminary pool play on Day 1, Power Pools on Day 2 and Playoffs on Day 3. 32 teams from across Canada make up Division 1 including 8 teams from Alberta, the tournament had 3 divisions at U18 so approximately 100 teams.

Our team played their archrival St Albert Saints also known as SAS at 7:30 am on Friday to get thing started and in an exciting and tough match defeated them by a small margin of 2-1. The next match saw a match up vs. the Saskatchewan Junior Huskies. In a solid match the Selects swept the Huskies 2-0. This set up the match vs. BCO Elite from Vancouver who were seated as one of the top seeds in the tournament. A tough fought battle but eventually BCO was too much and defeated the team 2-0. Going 2-1 in preliminary pool play SELECTS advanced to the top 16 for Saturday. During the last warm up Dani Currie one of our outside hitters was hit with a ball in the head. She was diagnosed with a concussion and left the team that night to travel home to be with family.

Saturday saw our girls in a different state of mind…things were just not clicking. The team was in two of the three matches but unable to pull it out and lost all three matches including the one against the Junior Dinos the eventual National Champions(“Congratulations to the DINOS!”). This moved the team into Tier 2 for the final day which means being in the second 8 so placement from 9-16. The team hung out together licked their wounds and bonded while making mothers day presents and watching a movie in their time off.

Sunday the team had a chance to finally sleep in (no more 7:30 am matches) with a later start at 10:45 am. First match was on Championship Court against the mighty Regina Junior Cougars. In a tight match and come from behind victory the girls celebrated surviving the morning sudden death match 2-1. Next was the strong team from Ottawa – the Mavericks. The girls played one of their best volleyball all season and delivered a solid performance to defeat the Mavericks 2:0. This match put them into the Gold medal final for Division 1 Tier 2 against the Oakville Thunder. The girls carried their momentum into the final and disposed of the Ontario team in strong fashion this way claiming National Gold! 9 place over-all out of approximately 100 teams is a wonderful placement. Congratulations to the players and coaches on this remarkable accomplishment.

A thank you goes out to all our parents for the unconditional support throughout the entire season.