Carpenter volleyball teams in action

The Carpenter High School girls volleyball team celebrates a point during their home tournament Oct. 14 at Carpenter High School.

Girls host home tournament

By Mac Christie

The Carpenter High School girls volleyball team hosted its home tournament this past weekend, losing in the final against Holy Rosary of Lloydminster.

The team went into the tournament hoping to win, but coach Dion Petz said he isn’t disappointed in the outcome, despite losing the final in straight sets.

“I’m not disappointed in the result,” he said. “Maybe I’m disappointed in terms of the last game. I wish we could have played our best game.”

He added the team might have had trouble getting motivated for the final after a emotional semifinal versus Rosetown.

“We had a big lead in the second game after winning the first,” he said. “They came back on us and beat us, then the third game we beat them.

“I don’t know if they got too up for it or were emotionally spent for the day, or what.”

Still, Petz said the girls played well throughout the day, and was pleased with the team’s resilience in the semifinal game.

“It’s not always easy to refocus and get on with it (after losing), but they did it,” he noted. “That was good.”

The team may also have been dealing with some nerves, playing in front of a home crowd for the only time this season, Petz admitted.

“It’s always a little bit unnerving playing in front of family and friends when you don’t all season,” he said. “I’m glad they battled through some of that stuff.”

However, he thanked the fans for coming out and supporting the team throughout the weekend.

“It’s always nice to have a lot of fan support,” he said. “We spend the whole season on the road, so it’s nice on the one weekend that a lot of people came out.”

Carpenter's Caia Chiverton gets off the hardwood to make a jump-set to one of her teammates during Friday's volleyball action against Lloydminster's Holy Rosary.

The next action for the team is a tournament this weekend at Holy Rosary in Lloydminster, and Petz said the team is gearing up for regionals the Nov. 11 weekend in Prince Albert.

“We don’t have too much longer in the season,” he noted. “The overall goal now is to pick up the level of intensity in everything we do.”

Boys lose in final

The Carpenter boys volleyball team added another chapter to their rivalry with Prince Albert St. Mary’s the past weekend, this time coming out on the losing end of the three set final.

The teams were facing off in a tournament at Carlton Comprehensive School in Prince Albert.

Coach Trevor Gerwing said the weekend went well despite the loss.

“I’m really pleased with the effort level of the boys,” he said. “We lost 25-23 in the third set. It really couldn’t have been any closer.”

“We’ve got a healthy rivalry with St. Mary’s,” he continued. “Both teams have a lot of respect for one another and it’s a good atmosphere when we play them.”

He added Carpenter had some younger players step up, in part because starter Brady Arnold was sick.

“We were without a big offensive weapon, but the rest of the guys stepped up and played great defence,” he noted. “Hopefully that will help us going forward.”

Gerwing said Connor Waterman was dominant at the power position in Arnold’s absence, and Kyle Thompson was a strong blocking presence at the net.

“We had guys doing things in terms of a compete level that they haven’t been doing all year,” he said.

The team will travel to Saskatoon this weekend to play in the Mount Royal tournament, where it will see some of the top teams in the province.

“It should be a good battle,” Gerwing noted. “Everybody will see each other a few weeks before provincials.”

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