17U 2010 ProvincialsOur 17U Team established themselves as a threat to be reckoned with at the 17U AVA Provincials held in Sherwood Park April 17 & 18, 2010. Battling through the previous 4 AVA Premier Tournaments, this team stormed into the top four in Power Pool A behind the U of C Dinos, the U of A NAVC Pandas and Canuck Vitality.

The athletes’ confidence in the Club’s vision, in themselves, in their coaching staff, and in their teammates has paid dividends all season long. Not to be overlooked, their family and friends played a very significant role in supporting their ascent into the top 4. This 17U team has also shown that competitive perseverance, drive and determination as individuals focused as a team produces winners. Their growth on and off the court has been evident this year and there’s no question that growth positively affected their final results.

The team battled through the whole weekend one goal at a time and even one point at a time! Their determined play through Saturday’s Power Pool in matches against Dinos, Pandas and Vitality meant getting a good look at their toughest competition for Sunday. This team left it all on the floor when it really mattered in their 9:15 P.M. crossover match where they faced a very determined Red Deer Queens, a team who hadn’t lost a match all day. It was the end of the Queens’ winning streak though, as the 17U 403 Selects team stayed in control and took the crossover match in 2 straight games. This put 403 in the top 8 of Division 1.

Next? Quarter finals meant battling the College affiliated Grant McEwen Griffins. The result of this match boiled down to one thing; top 4, or bottom 4…that was the question. Victory to 403 again as they downed Griffins and headed to the top 4. Their first match in the top 4 was against the Dinos. While the Selects represented themselves admirably, they didn’t get past the eventual gold medal winners.

It’s always tough for a team to rally to win after losing your previous match, but our young women found themselves in that position as they headed off to battle for the bronze medal. This was a match that would see them face off against one of their season long rivals, the Nor-Cal U17’s. Two sets later, the 17U 403 Selects found themselves wearing the bronze medal hardware, having defeating Nor-Cal 25-17 and 26-24.

Medal Ceremony Notes – Flanked by the Silver Medalists, University of Alberta NAVC Pandas and the Gold Medalists, University of Calgary Dinos, it was an especially proud moment for the 17U 403 Selects as they received their Bronze Medals. It was a very proud moment for the club as well. This result is truly a pleasure to share with all who supported this team over the past 5 months!

We’d all like to congratulate Ryanne Hollies, a 403 setter who was named as a Provincial All-Star. Also, a special thank you to Kelly Gedlaman our 17U Head Coach, whose vision and commitment set the tone and direction for achieving this medal goal!