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17U takes 4th overall at Nationals

The 17U Selects reached peak performance at the most opportune moment, as they finished 4th overall at Nationals in Toronto, which also placed them as the top Alberta team.

Day 1

Starting out as the #12 seed, the Selects began pool play against Oakville Thunder Blue, winning in 3 sets. Next up was Lynx Rouge out of Quebec. This match also went to 3 sets with the Selects pulling out a 19-17 win in the 3rd. The last match was against the #4 seed, the always-contending Pakmen. By now the Selects had shaken off some of the travel fatigue and took the match to 3 sets before falling in the 3rd. This placed them 2nd in their pool, with Tier 1 in sight.

Day 2

Day 2 began against the #1 seed, Hurricanes Black from Ontario, who were the eventual gold medallists. The Selects came out strong, quickly going up 7 points in the 1st set. The Hurricanes have a particular talent for coming back, however, and eventually won the match in 2 sets. In order to qualify for Tier 1 in Division 1, the Selects needed to win their last 2 pool matches. They defeated Maverick Gold Rush from Ontario in 2 sets before battling against Manitoba’s Jr Wesmen, coming out on top 15-10 in the 3rd.

Day 3

Having secured a top 8 finish, the Selects began Day 3 by facing off in the quarter-final against Ontario’s Prime, the #7 seed, who one Ontario parent described as Ontario’s top defensive team. The Selects continued to prove their mettle, advancing to the final 4 with a 26-24, 25-13 victory.

Joining the Selects in the final 4 were the top 3 Ontario seeds – the Hurricanes, Avalanche and Pakmen. The semi brought the team they hadn’t yet played – the Avalanche. The Selects again played at their peak, with both sets going back and forth until the final few points, with the Selects falling 21-25, 21-25. They had to await the outcome of the other semi which saw the Hurricanes prevail after losing their only set of the tournament to the Pakmen.

The Selects took the Pakmen by surprise in the bronze medal match, winning set 1 25-15. The remaining 2 sets would be a battle that saw the Pakmen coming out on top 19-17 in the 3rd. For a brief moment, the Selects thought they had won at 16-14 but the call was (correctly) overturned by the referee.

As parents scrambled to get to the airport so as to not miss their flights (except for Coach Matt, who missed his), the team gathered at the stage to see their own Ellie Oestrich awarded tournament All-Star. Congratulations Ellie!

This was a storybook ending to a season that saw the Selects rise from Division 3 in Premier 2. They improved their play and rankings at every tournament, and are very proud of their top 4 finish.

Thanks so much to Coaches Mike, Erin & Matt. Without their dedication, this result would not have been possible. Also special thanks to manager Sue, driver Andy, chefs Sonja, Lisa & Cher, videographer Sonja, linesman Kevin, photographer Oksana, scorekeeper Connie and all the parents back home cheering and supporting their daughters from the other side of the country.

 

17s top 4 finish at Provincials!

The end of April saw bizarre weather and a return to Provincials for the 403 Selects 17U Team. A hard-earned journey back to the top provided the Selects with plenty of highlights this season. Medals at previous VA’s, a trip to the Triple Crown in Kansas City and training camp in B.C. all provided memorable experiences, but more importantly forged the unity and cohesiveness of this group.

Having enjoyed their record on the road, the Team decided upon staying together for their Calgary Provincials competition. Not having seen or be seen by much of their division I competition left many questions as to how 403 would match up.

A first match against a familiar opponent FOG Hawks provided a tough opening. Stellar play by the Hawks libero and right side allowed for long rallies and an entertaining match. 403 prevailed with a 2-0 opening win.

NOOKS has had some very strong results this season and the second pool play game would provide the first matchup of the season for these two teams. Kendra Kern’s setting allowed NOOKS to run some physical attackers and the match stretched out to set 3 before the Selects were able to pull away with the victory.

The final pool play game against a well-coached NAVC Griffins group would provide another 3 set thriller. Sarah Heupel fired the Edmonton team’s offense and the Griffins pulled out a tightly contested match 14-16 in the third.

With the 403 Selects 17s taking first in the pool, a final crossover game against FOG Black would be the last test of the day. FOG’s Maddy Oleshko was stellar in defense, but 403 was playing disciplined enough to send themselves into the Top 8 for the final day.

The quarter-final matchup against Panthers out of Coaldale would be the first opponent on day 2. Having beaten the Selects in VA1, this would provide a good barometer of how far the Team had developed. The Panthers’ Kianna Kuipers and Eryka Woods would have to be contained for 403 to reverse the results. A big start and inspired play by the Selects allowed for a different outcome as they won in 2 to head into the Top 4 teams in the Province.

Having played GPRC Wolves in VA2, the Team was aware of how dangerous the Wolves attackers could be. The return of their setter Carly Thomson, in addition to outside Rachel Perry and Middle Brooklyn Wright, would provide for some great volleyball. With the Wolves taking set one 26-28, they maintained their momentum and ended the 403 Selects run to the final. A well-deserved victory for the defending champions and a tip of the hat to an impressive back to back performance for the Grande Prairie squad.

The disappointment was short lived as the Team had to regroup for their 7th match. A final game for bronze against the Dinos was next. Fantastic passing and defense by Dinos Provincial All-Star, Gabi Wade, allowed the strong attacking of Kaiya Williams to give the Selects difficulties that they could not overcome.

All in all, the girls felt proud of their performance and how they worked to get back to this scenario. The season provided an opportunity to overcome adversity, adapt and thrive by putting the team first. The character of the team shone on many occasions and it couldn’t have been possible without the support of all of our families and friends. Thank you to Volleyball Alberta and all our opponents for a great Provincials.

 

back to back gold for 17u

The 17U Selects were undefeated at Premier 3, dropping only 2 sets all weekend en route to the Division 2 gold medal. 

Day 1: 

First up was a familiar foe, Velocity 18U from Grande Prairie. They avenged their loss in the Premier 2 final by taking it in straight sets 26-24, 25-18. They continued with wins over SAS Green 18 and Medicine Hat VC 18 to secure 1st place in their pool. The crossover brought up the Pandas 17U, their first 17U opponent since Premier 1, and the Selects came away with a 25-14, 25-14 victory.

Day 2: 

With the goal of a favorable seeding for Provincials secured, the Selects continued their winning ways with straight-set victories over GPRC Wolves 17U and NOOKS 18U. The Selects started the final strong with a 25-20 1st set win, but ACE of Spades Red 18U fought hard, taking the 2nd set 27-25. The girls showed no signs of losing momentum, however, and prevailed in the 3rd set 15-7.

With 17U & 18U teams being divided for provincials, this puts the Selects in a top 8 seeding. Coach Erin thanked the girls for their confidence and calmness throughout the weekend, which they displayed even when down in a set.

Once again, the success of the weekend couldn’t have been possible without the support of all the parents, especially those who keep them so well-nourished in between matches. Having improved at every tournament this season, the 17U Selects are well-prepared for Provincials!

17U takes silver at Premier 2

17U earned silver, moving up to Div 2 next tournament (13th overall among 17U teams).

17U Premier #1 Recap

Day 1

Premier #1 took place this past weekend, with the 17U Selects opening up pool play against Sylvan Lake Volleyball Club Wave 17U. It’s fair to say everyone was cold due to the extremely cold temperatures outside, and while the girls took a bit of time to warm up during the match, they emerged victorious with 25-18 and 25-12 wins. Next up was the newly-formed club of Medicine Hat Volleyball Club 18U, who had just taken the Dinos 17U to 3 sets. The talented MHVC squad took control early on in the first set. The Selects adapted to their attack and fought back before dropping a close 1st set 23-25. The 2nd and 3rd sets were very well-played by both teams, and the Selects were able to prevail 25-21, 15-8. The 2 losses by MHVC dropped them into the Blue Playoff, which they ultimately won. Congratulations to MHVC on their strong finish.

The final pool match was against Dinos 17U. The Selects were unable to get ahead in this one and dropped 2 sets 22-25, 17-25, putting us 2nd in our pool. Due to the uneven number of teams in the black playoff, this meant we had to play a match against Panthers 17U to get into the top 16 crossover. The Selects started out quickly, winning the 1st set 25-12. The momentum continued into the 2nd set before the Coaldale squad regrouped and rallied hard. The Selects continued to battle but ultimately dropped the set 22-25. The Panthers were able to maintain this momentum shift into the 3rd set, taking it with a score of 15-12. Unfortunately, this dropped the Selects into the 17-20 bracket for Day 2. These losses always provide great lessons and learning opportunities, so after some debrief the girls went home to rest for Day 2.

Day 2

Day 2 moved the Selects to the JV Centre for their remaining 2 matches against the other teams who missed out on the crossover game. The first match was against Calgary’s Rebels 18U team, and the Selects returned to form with a solid 25-17, 25-14 victory. The final match saw the Selects face another new club, Calgary’s NWVC Wolves 18U, with the Selects emerging victorious (25-14, 25-15). This resulted in a 17th place finish overall in 17/18U Premier 1. Moving ahead, the team experienced many positives to build upon and learned a great deal from their first competition.

Thanks to the athletes, coaches, opponents, officials and parents for an enjoyable weekend. The Selects’ next tournament will be the National Invitational Tournament Triple Crown in Kansas City Feb 15-18 where they will participate in college camps and take on the top teams in the USA.

17U Training Camp

The 17U Selects spent the weekend of Feb 1-3 in beautiful southeastern British Columbia. The parents drove through some fairly treacherous driving conditions in the Crowsnest Pass but all arrived safely on Friday night.

On Saturday, while some parents took to the hills of Fernie and Kimberley, the Selects spent much of the morning meal-prepping, followed by helping their host teammate’s family with chores and feeding the numerous animals on the farm. The afternoon took them to Cranbrook where they were able to spend several hours working on their rotations in advance of Premier 1 and the Triple Crown Invitational in Kansas City. Everyone enjoyed a much-deserved meal at Boston Pizza in Cranbrook before returning to the farm for the night.

Sunday morning began with a homestyle breakfast at the First Perk Coffee House in Jaffray. They were well-energized to spend the next 4-5 hours practicing and scrimmaging. First up were the EKVC 15U Boys team, whose hard-hitting was appreciated as the girls worked on their defensive skills. Next up was the High Altitude Volleyball Club 18U girls based out of Elkford, BC. They played 4 competitive sets until it was time to pack up and return to the Polar Vortex in Alberta.

In spite of it being Monday, the training camp wasn’t quite over yet. After school, the Selects and their parents set out on the road again to Red Deer, in the bone-chilling -30 temperature. The new field house at St Joseph’s High School – home of the Red Deer Royals Marching Band – provided space for 4 teams to scrimmage each other informally.

It was an excellent opportunity for the coaches to try out different rotations, and players to try out different positions without having to wait for referee whistles. Rather than playing until a certain score was achieved, the end of each “match” was signaled by a whistle indicating it was time to rotate. The other teams participating were the Central Alberta Queens Volleyball Club 17U & 18U, and the Sylvan Lake Volleyball Club WAVE 18U.

While it was an exhausting 3 days, the girls are well-prepared for their first premier this weekend. Thanks go out to Coaches Mike, Erin & Matt, and to all those involved in organizing these events, it is very much appreciated! Special thanks to Allana for hosting the entire team for the weekend.

Kelly & Sinik claim 16U Provincial Gold

Congratulations to 403 Selects 17U athletes Avery Kelly & Alex Sinik. 2018 Beach Provincial Champions! 🏐💜

17U Open Courts

TBA

Cost is $20 per athlete cash, payable at each session. Please bring a water bottle. Open gym will focus on individual skill development and team play.

For details and positions open for next year please view: 

In order to manage athlete-coach ratios, athletes must pre-register by email at: mhoang@403selects.ca.

Location:

Rally Pointe

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