Family Day saw the 14U girls travel to Edmonton for their last pre-season tournament before the Provincials get underway. The tournament was a mix of 14U and 15U teams across two pools with
only one other Calgary team, the Hornets, making the trip north.
The first 2 pool games saw the girls bring out some strong serving and attack to comfortably beat both the Hornets and the FOG Force 25-17, 25-7 and 25-5, 25-10. The energy level was high and
the determination to execute was there throughout both matches giving both sets of opponents little room for error and pushing on any weaknesses seen. There were good individual performances
all around, typified by Lara’s strong hitting in the first set against the Hornets.
The 3rd pool match against the FOG Fury (15U) team was a much closer affair with both teams having strong serves but the 403 defence was the deciding factor in the first set allowing the girls to
keep the ball in play and the pressure on FOG to bring home the set 25-17. Strong communication among the girls in the second set was critical as the match was a tight one from the start with never more than a few points separating the teams throughout. In the end 403 held their nerve to edge out the older girls 26-24.
The Quarter final brought a first encounter with Black Gold Volleyball 15’s and we saw the first outing of the girls new white shirts – an instant hit with the crowds!
The opening salvos of the first set were close with both teams trading points on service until 403 stretched their legs and settled in to a nice string of serve and attack to take the first set 25-11.
Going into the second we lost the gains made in the first and allowed BVG to regain their confidence and rhythm taking the set 25-20 leaving 403 to regroup themselves for the 3rd and
deciding set, a task they came out prepared for. From the first serve 403 made it apparent that they were not going down without a fight and taking an early lead they held BVG at bay to take the
Quarters by 15-4.
Semifinals had 403 face the 3rd of the FOG teams, FIRE, as their second to last challenge of a long day. The first set saw FIRE settle in early and establish a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish despite Coach Mike’s best efforts to disrupt their rhythm by running the bench but to no avail, 25-21 being the final score. The second set saw an inspired 403 come out with some “fire in the belly” taking the game to the older FOG team from serve to block and attack totally dominating the set typified by the run of serves from Kirsty that led to several ‘over-bumps’ that Paulina, in middle front, easily dispatched allowing the team to streak to a 25-9 win. The deciding set saw both teams determined to make the finals but an early string of serves by FOG gave them all the advantage they needed to hold on for a win, 15-9, and a berth in the finals. The final match of the day had our girls facing the host 15U team PARK VC in the Bronze match.
Falling behind in the opening rallies 403 set themselves a tough challenge against a strong hitting Park team but the younger girls tenacity paid out in the end earning them a close 25-21 win. For the second set Coach Mike sent out a previously untested lineup that took some time to get settled falling behind 20-11 before they hit their stride in style pulling back to grab a very impressive, and well deserved win, 25-23!

In the final awards Kirsty and Taylor were voted 2 of the 6 All Stars of the tournament, as voted by the coaches, a well deserved accolade amongst some strong opponents.

This coming weekend sees the team in a scrimmage match against TSA in Calgary before the Volleyball Alberta Premier 1 in Calgary.