It was a first place finish for the Churchill Community High School senior girls volleyball team who outplayed their competition at a home tournament on the weekend.
The squad hosted the 4A North Conference, which attracted teams from the Prince Albert Collegiate Institute and Sandy Bay’s Hector Thiboutot Community School. Head Coach Julie Andrews said the Chargers beat both schools in round robin playoff in two sets each.
“Our goal was to come out in first place, which we did,” she said. “There was supposed to be four teams, but one withdrew Saturday morning.”
With regionals occurring this coming weekend in Nipawin, Andrews noted the Chargers need to be one of the top three teams in order to advanced to provincials. Provincials are being held in Clavet, near Saskatoon, later this month and Andrews believes her squad has a good chance of making it. While the boys volleyball team last played in provincials when they hosted in 2005, Andrews doesn’t think the girls team have ever made it that far.
She went on to say the squad will be working on the basics this week in a bid to sharpen their skills before regionals. Andrews added communicating, hitting toward a target, serving consistently and covering hits will be what makes or break the team at the upcoming tournament.
“This season has been one of our stronger ones in the last number of years,” she said. “The girls who are coming up have been part of the junior program and now the senior program. This year we have six graduating Grade 12s, so in theory this should be the year we make it and we’ll see if it comes to fruition or not.”
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