The U16 403 Selects team were united in their approach of being ‘open minded’ to the second VA Premier tournament – ready to adjust to the styles of play of north teams they had yet to face this season. Competition was sure to be tough, amidst an opening day round robin pool including the third and fourth place finishers from the first respective North & South VA tournaments.

Selects played consistently throughout Saturday’s round robin matches, finishing first in the pool. A 2-0 win over PARK in the crossover match set up a quarter-final match vs. NAVC.
NAVC Pandas were not going down without a fight, forcing a decisive third set that saw 403 come out on top 15-11. The quarter final win set up a rematch from the VA South Premier #1 tournament between 403 Selects and Jr. Dinos. In the first instalment, it was 403 who triumphed over the Dinos in three hard fought sets.
Jumping out to an early 18-12 lead in the first set, the Dinos rallied to win 25-22. Out of rhythm following the first set loss, 403 dropped the second set and the match 2-0.
Selects once again faced Queens for a bronze medal, losing a competitive match in two sets.
Numerous positives to take away from the weekend including a drastic improvement in ball control and serve receive – which had been primary focuses in the training leading up to the competition.
403 Selects U16 have ideal positioning heading into the final Premier tournament, landing in a power pool among the top three finishers in the province: Jr. Dinos, Pandas & Queens.
With lofty team aspirations for Provincials and Nationals, 403 is committed to elevating intensity and competitive drive in their training on route to the final VA Premier tournament in Calgary in mid-April.
Two top four finishes in an extremely competitive age group has been a great first half of the season with many more highlights to come! Way to go ladies!