Colts miss play­offs at home tour­na­ment

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Colts se­nior boys vol­ley­ball team fin­ished short of a play­off ap­pear­ance at their home tour­na­ment over the week­end.

The Colts fin­ished the 13team with three match wins and three losses to miss the semi-fi­nals on their home court.

“It was a learn­ing week­end for us,” said head coach Dan An­drie. “We needed to ap­ply some things that we were do­ing in prac­tice and I thought yes­ter­day we didn’t do that very well. To­day, we came in with a bet­ter mind­set, es­pe­cially that last set, about the de­fen­sive things we wanted to do and also made smarter plays to stop mak­ing er­rors all the time.”

The Colts opened the week­end with a win over North Bat­tle­ford (25-17, 25-10) in front of the stu­dent body at O.M. Ir­win School on Fri­day af­ter­noon. They quickly added a win over Oxbow (25-16, 2517) in front of Comp. stu­dents.

The Colts hit their first sign of ad­ver­sity when they lost in straight sets to the Saska­toon Cen­ten­nial Charg­ers (20-25, 13-25) and then lost in three sets to Bal­go­nie Greenall (2522, 21-25, 13-15).

Satur­day, the Colts fell in three sets to Este­van (26-24, 26-28, 12-15) be­fore con­clud­ing the week­end with a win over the Prince Al­bert Carl­ton Cru­saders (25-14, 25-12).

Meadow Lake de­feated the de­fend­ing cham­pion Bal­go­nie Greenall Griffins in three sets to win the tour­na­ment for the first time.

The Colts opened the sea­son with a tour­na­ment ti­tle in Meadow Lake and then placed third in Medicine Hat prior to their home tour­na­ment.

“I’ve al­ways said it’s good to take a loss early and it’s good to learn from those mis­takes,” said An­drie. “The ques­tion now is are we go­ing to learn from those mis­takes mov­ing for­ward? And if we do I think it will be some­thing we’ll look back on and be like ‘it was okay that we got beat up this week­end,’ be­cause hope­fully we will learn from it and hope­fully down the road it will ben­e­fit us.”

The Colts are led this sea­son by re­turn­ing starters Henry Rem­pel and Brett Theise.

“Henry and Brett are two great play­ers. Parker Bloom has come back this year and he is an­other one who has im­proved a lot and been very strong. A cou­ple other guys like Clay Thier­man, who was a bench guy last year, he’s step­ping up too. It’s a tes­ta­ment to our ju­nior pro­gram and the club pro­gram that guys that weren’t on this team last year just step right in and like they were. I think the depth we have in our pro­gram al­lows other guys like Mat­taus Janzen, Zach Gly­don, and Shaye Wall and all those guys to come in and slide into our sys­tem pretty eas­ily.”

The Colts are deal­ing with the ad­di­tional pres­sure that comes with be­ing the de­fend­ing 5A provin­cial cham­pi­ons.

“I think there is pres­sure, es­pe­cially for those that were in the line-up last year. Now they are com­ing back and they know that feel­ing of win­ning a cham­pi­onship and they want to do it again. I think that’s part of the rea­son why we are strug­gling a bit in the last cou­ple week­ends against those re­ally strong teams. I think they think they need to win all the time, which puts a lot of pres­sure on them­selves. My job as a coach is to help them un­der­stand that losses hap­pen for a rea­son and if we learn from them and if we work hard in prac­tice then good things will hap­pen down the road,” said An­drie.

The Colts are off this week­end be­fore head­ing to Prince Al­bert for a tour­na­ment next week­end.

“There’s a lot of work left to do. We need to re­fo­cus in prac­tice. We need to com­mit to some changes that we are go­ing to try and make as a team. I think if we do that then we’ll be fine head­ing into the last week­end, which is the big one at Provin­cials,” con­cluded An­drie.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Colts’ mid­dle Jesse Patzer (#13) fought for the ball at the net while his team­mates cov­ered up against the Saska­toon Cen­ten­nial Charg­ers.

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