Our weekend began with a trek to the excellent facilities of Genesis Centre in North East Calgary. We started out in Pool B, competing against RMVC , Evolution, and EKVC Avalanche. Our first game was against RMVC , and we won both sets. Following this game, we had our first opportunity to score-keep and do lines for the next game. This is a new concept this year, allowing the team athletes to participate in score keeping the games instead of parents and it is an excellent chance for the girls to learn the game from another angle. After we worked our first game, our next match was against Evolution, whom we also took in two sets 25-15 and 25-10. Our next game, against EKVC was very competitive, a lot of great rallies and we won in three sets – each game was very close 25-20, 20-25, and 15-11.  After our third game there was a bit of a break to regroup and set up for the cross over against Canuck Red. It was a long day, our court was running a bit behind, so our girls had to try and stay up beat in the break. Unfortunately, our cross over didn’t quite turn out as we’d hoped and we lost 20-25 and 22-25.

Sunday morning began at 10am at St Francis High School in Northwest Calgary. We were up against a difficult competitor, Queens Ultimate from Red Deer. They are a very hard hitting team, and it was three very intense matches, but we had some very good blocking, consistent serving, and excellent passing which saved the day, and we won in three 28-26, 18-25, and 15-10.  Our final game of the day, competing for 7th place was once again against EKVC. Having played them the day before, we knew we were up against very stiff competition. We rallied hard against them, and each point was well deserved by each team. Several long rallies, digs, hits and one armed hits to save the point… but, in the end, we lost in two very close matches, 25-27 and 23-25. A bit of a heart breaker, but at the same time, our girls worked very hard and have learned a lot of valuable lessons to take into the next AVA.  Overall, we have moved up from 4th in Div 2 to 1st, which our girls should feel very proud of!