10,000 volleyball players including over a hundred 14U teams arrived in Calgary this weekend for Volleyball Canada’s 2015 National Championships.   Coach Corey said the goal with Nationals was to survive the day each day, and if they could get on a roll then anything could happen.  Well survive day one they did, finishing second in their pool with a 2-1 record.  First day success affirmed the girls could compete at the National level with wins against Dynamo Red (MB4) and Blizzard (NS1). Their single loss of the day was tight three set loss (25-19, 21-25, 12-15) against an always hard playing FOG Hawks (AB6) team.  The girls were still on track to play for a National Championship.

Day Two – Power pool play started with a match against Leaside Lightning (ON3) and showcased perhaps the best two-line, full team performance of the season for the Selects.  The first set was see-saw battle that had the Selects edge out a tight (28-26) win. Set two was a come from behind victory (25-21) to take the match. With confidence building, the team headed off for a break and to prepare for Seven Person (AB4).  With strong serving and a solid attack, Seven Person jumped to a first set win, but the Selects fought hard with strong serving and great net play to edge out a second set win (25-23). The team jumped out to a solid early lead in the third set.  Seven Person’s made a late push that was resisted by the Selects, who took the set (15-12).   What a great volleyball game and fantastic win! The match is one of the defining moments for the season.   All the players fought hard to overcome a highly skilled club. The day rounded out with a two set loss to Canuck White (AB4), but the girls had earned first place in their pool, and a date in the National quarterfinals.

With a great cheering section of parents, family and friends behind them, the Selects faced Thunder Blue (BC2). Each team rode waves of strong play and momentum to each win a set (25-19, 18-25) setting up what was going to be a superb third set of volleyball. The game did not disappoint with hard serves, digs, quick sets and big blocks, everyone had forgotten this was 14U ball.  Each team had their opportunities to put the match away and it could have gone either way!   The Thunder edged out a very close (17-15) win. With their cheering section standing, the Selects can be nothing but proud of the tenacity, game play and perseverance.  Tied for 5th at Nationals – a Division 1 Tier 1 finish caps of what was a fantastic season of volleyball.  Thanks to coaches, volunteers and parents but especially to our amazing girls for a great club season.