This past weekend our 16U girls returned to the Crescent Point Fieldhouse in Aldersyde.

Day One

The familiar and tough competition started off the Saturday pool play. The Selects were able to claim a 1st place finish after games of power pool action in pool A. The passing of Cougars libero Petra Jurcak and attack of Sarah Merkosky kept the squad in contention with the 403 Selects pulling through 25-22 & 25-20.

The first meeting of the season between 403 and SPVC Blizzard meant a rematch from last season’s Provincial and West Nationals final. A slow start by the Grande Prairie squad despite the efforts of Blizzard stalwarts Brooklyn Wright and Merynn Piepgrass led to 25-8 & 25-15 straight sets victory by 403. The final pool play matchup of the day to determine the 1 seed and a rematch of the VA2 finals was with Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves Red team. Big attacks from the middle, Ryan Wiebe, and outside, Hilary Leuken, put the Wolves on the front foot, but resilient defense and good transition attack put the Selects through 25-16 & 25-21.

Their crossover game saw them matched up against a well-coached Canuck team from pool D. Having been newly moved into the first division, the Volleydome based squad played with plenty of heart and took heavy swings. Canuck setter Kinleigh Pate and libero Gabi Wade led a strong charge, but the Selects withstood the challenge and prevailed with 25-23 & 25-21 sets.

Day Two

Sunday started off with a quarter-final matchup against the Dinos, a repeat of VA2. Effective passing and attack from Madi Macfie kept set 1 tight with Selects taking it 25-22. 403 16s showed strong mental toughness battling from behind in the second set to win 27-25.

Semi-finals brought a draw with fellow facility team, Canada West Black. The dangerous net presence of Kassidy Molcak and Scarlett Gingera made for a very good game. 403 won hard-fought victories in straight sets, 25-23 & 25-21.

A return to the finals and a rematch with Wolves Red. A huge performance by the Wolves and one of the top players in the age group, Rachel Perry, put the Selects in trouble early and often. GPRC won the first set 13-25. A true calling card for the 16s has been their work ethic and ability to maintain discipline. Strong on-court leadership and team members plugging into new roles lead to wins in the next 2 sets with scores of 27-25 & 15-6 and a VA 3 gold.

Thank you to all athletes, coaches, parents, officials, and opponents for a safe and enjoyable weekend. The 403 Selects are back in the gym for the next training block to prepare for Provincials!