What a start to the Volleyball Alberta Premier season for the 14U 403 Selects team. Seeded first in the tournament based on their solid 13U finish last year, the team won their first two matches against Seven Persons Wolves 13’s (28-18, 25-11) and LVC Spark (25-8, 25-7). Then began what can only be described as a Canuck fest; showcasing some great volleyball as the girls played three matches in a row against all three competitive Canuck teams. First up was Canuck White in the final game of the pool play. With a strong start, the Selects won the first game (25-20) before dropping a very tight second game (22-25) to force a playoff set. The girls played hard, but after getting behind early, they lost the third set 15-10. Saturday ended with a crossover match against Canuck Black. The girls again came out strong, winning the first set 25-16, but then dropped the second set 20-25. This time a solid start and competitive play saw them pull out a 15-10 win. Heading home that evening was a tired but proud team.  We survived day one!

Sunday’s play started with a quarter final match against Canuck Red. Both teams looked rested for what promised to be a great match. Again the match went to three sets, with a close third set win for the Selects (18-25, 25-21, 15-12). In the semifinals, the Selects faced off with the Rattlers. After a great first set, the girls had to come from behind in the second set resulting in a convincing two set win (25-17, 25-19). With parents (and coaches) relieved to not have had to watch another three set match, the girls prepared for the final against the undefeated Seven Persons Wolves 14U. The final showcased some more great volleyball from the girls as they faced a very tall and very competitive team. Congratulations to the Wolves for their 2 set win (20-25, 20-25). What a great weekend of volleyball. The 14U’s success was truly a team effort, with all 12 girls contributing. With heads high, the girls accepted the silver medals and cheered on as the Wolves received their gold medals. Sportsmanship (or is that sportswomanship) at its best!

We’re proud of you girls and thanks again to our great coaches Corey, Elise and Kari.