Spartans volleyball teams continue to build

By Mac Christie

The Carpenter High School volleyball teams were in action the past weekend, with the boy’s team at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and the girl’s at St. Mary’s in Prince Albert.

The boy’s finished in second place, losing to St. Mary’s of Prince Albert in the final by scores of 25-23 and 25-21.

Coach Dustin Treptow said the difference came down to mistakes.

“We had a few more errors than they did,” he noted, “but (St. Mary’s) played pretty well in the final.”

Treptow expects this won’t be the last the Spartans see of the Prince Albert team this season, after the Spartans came out on top at their home tournament earlier this month.

“We both seem to be at the top end of our division, so I’m sure we’ll play many more times before the year is done,” he added.

In fact, Treptow said the team should see St. Mary’s at provincials, assuming both squads make it through the regional play downs.

“Last year we played each other in the provincial final and the year before that we played in the provincial semifinal,” he said. “We seem to match up down the road.”

But Treptow noted Carpenter has to work on a few things to be successful versus St. Mary’s, adding the Spartans have a pretty good idea of what they have to do to beat them.

“Our offence is our strength,” he said, “But we’ll have to pick up our defence if we hope to continue beating St. Mary’s.”

The boy’s team has next weekend off and the following weekend they will play at a Western Canadian tournament in Spruce Grove, Alta.

Girl’s team making strides

Meanwhile, the Carpenter girl’s volleyball team lost out in the quarter-finals against a strong Carlton Comprehensive High School team from Prince Albert.

Coach Dion Petz said the weekend went well, despite the loss.

“We really wanted to take that next step and get to the semifinal as a team,” he noted. “Unfortunately we ran into Carlton in the quarter-finals. They’re a tough team.”

But Petz said physically the team is able to compete with anyone in the province.

“It’s more of a mental issue right now,” he added. “The girls have to believe they’re going to beat them.”

However, Petz admitted the team is young, having only two Grade 12 players. As a result, they look at every weekend as a step to getting better.

“Learning to win is probably the biggest issue,” he said. “We have the height, we have the hitting and the passing. The potential is all there.

“It’s just a matter of putting it together at the right time.”

Next up for the girl’s team will be a tournament at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon this weekend.

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