Young volleyball team sets up success

Here is the Caledonia Sr. Girls Volleyball team. The team’s been busy travelling to tournaments around the northwest.   - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Here is the Caledonia Sr. Girls Volleyball team. The team’s been busy travelling to tournaments around the northwest.
— image credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Caledonia Sr. Girls Volleyball team might be younger than some of the teams they are competing against, but it’s only helping to set them up for a stellar year next year.

On this year’s team, there are six Grade 10’s and two girls who have not played competitive volleyball before, explained coach Carmen Didier.

But, “our team has done fairly well this season considering we have a ‘young’ group,” she said.

The team trains at least three times a week, four if it is in town for the weekend.

The team won its own home tournament a few weeks back, beating Bulkley Valley in the finals.

After that, they played a few area games here in Terrace and in Kitimat, going two for one there, while also travelling to a tournament in Chetwynd.

Their most recent tournament was in Prince George at the beginning of the month.

The team placed 6th overall, which Didier explains, doesn’t sound like the best results, but the team was competing against teams stacked with Grade 11’s and 12’s who have a couple of more years of experience.

But playing these more experienced teams is all part of the plan.

The team is “learning each tournament and getting better and better,” said Didier.

“Our goal is to compete with the larger centre schools and more experienced teams,” she said, noting that next year they expect to be placing in these tournaments.

Next up, the team is preparing for “AAA” provincials in Vancouver at the end of the month where players will help represent the northwest and compete with the best in the province.

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