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Volleyball club attends first tournament

The Fort Macleod Volleyball Club team, back row, from left: coach: Brooklyn Bourassa, Avery Wolstenholme, Jamae Boot, Mya Berreth, Kacee Larson, Maddie Meech, Jayda DeKok, Cassidy Sutherland and coach Amy Cook. Front row, from left: Zoe Nelson, Evangeline Vandervalk, Jessica Robertson, Breanne Van Herk, Maddy DeGinnus and Jasmine Asuchak

The Fort Macleod Volleyball Club took part in its first youth tournament Saturday at Catholic Central school in Lethbridge.

With only two practices together as a team, the Fort Macleod girls found themselves matched against tough opposition.

“The girls showed so much skill and it will just improve with time,” coach Amy Cook said. “Each one of them has something to be proud of after their performances today.”

Coach Brooklyn Bourassa said the team was nervous but settled down following the first point of the game.

“I was extremely proud of them for keeping a positive attitude throughout the day,” Bourassa said. “With practice their skill set will improve and that excitement will only grow. I have high hopes for the team they will become.”

Fort Macleod opened the tournament against Lethbridge Volleyball Club, losing the first set in a tight 25-22 battle.

In the second set Fort Macleod struggled on receiving serves and fell 25-9.

In their next match Fort Macleod met a strong team in Coaldale Panthers, losing 25-22 and 25-7.

In their third and final round-robin match Fort Macleod took on Lethbridge Ace, losing 25-18 and 25-6.

Fort Macleod placed fourth in its pool and crossed over to take on Brooks Rush, who placed first in the other pool.

The Fort Macleod team put up a good fight but were swept 25-18 and 25-6.

“I thought it went well,” said Mike Bourassa, president of team sponsor Fort Macleod Volleyball Club. “The girls showed a willingness to compete and learn. They should be proud of their efforts.”

Chelsie Wolff, who helps co-ordinate the youth club, agreed.

“Looking at the scores alone it would be easy to assume their failures outweighed their successes, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Wolff said. “They absorbed new skills quickly and demonstrated them under pressure.”

“These girls are just oozing with potential. It gives excitement and purpose to moving forward with the Youth Volleyball Club.

Wolff said the young players benefit from those who coach and volunteer and parents who provide encouragement

The next youth club drop-in club nights at W.A. Day school are Feb 10, Feb.  24, March 9 and March 16.

The Grade 6-7 sessions run from 6-7:20 p.m. and Grades 8-9 goes from 7:30-9 p.m. There is a $5 drop-in fee.

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