Young Ar­dens volleyball team nar­rowly miss play­offs

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

The Se­nior Ar­den volleyball squad trav­eled t o North Bat­tle­ford this past week­end to take part in a 12-team tour­na­ment to open the sea­son.

The Ar­dens got off to a slow start los­ing their first three sets in the round robin but re­sponded with three straight wins to fin­ish sec­ond in their pool and move into the cham­pi­onship pool. The Ar­dens opened the round robin with a loss to North Bat­tle­ford (22-25, 23-25) be­fore split­ting with Prince Al­bert Rivier (22-25, 2513) and then down­ing Medstead (25-9, 25-10).

In the cham­pi­onship pool the Ar­dens played well in their open­ing match but spilt with Prince Al­bert St. Mary (25-16, 25-27) be­fore drop­ping a pair of games to Lani­gan (21-25,1625). The Ar­dens re­grouped once again to de­feat Cut Knife (25-15, 25–17) be­fore split­ting with Meadow Lake (25-21, 2125) to nar­rowly miss the semi­fi­nals.

With only five play­ers re­turn­ing from last year’s team, this past week­end was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for the team to get to know each other. Re­turn­ing play­ers on the Ar­dens are grade 12’s Heather Jackle and Kelly Reimer and grade 11’s Ty On­er­heim, Jackie Sei­dler and Tay­lor Lamb. New to this years team are grade 11’s Am­ber Wall, Me­gan Rumpel and Sloane Meyer and grade 10’s Shel­bie East and Jenna Krahn.

“This past week­end, we strug­gled with con­sis­tency and that could be ex­pected on the first week­end of the sea­son,” noted coaches Heather Striker and Brent Mil­lar. “Al­though we fin­ished just out of the play­off round in fifth, we felt that any of the top five could have won the tour­ney.

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