Girls volleyball team reaches provincials

Boys fall to St. Marys in semis

By Mac Christie

The Carpenter High School girls volleyball team punched their ticket to Provincials this past weekend at Regionals in Prince Albert.

The team lost in the semifinal to North Battleford Comprehensive, putting them in the third-place game. In that game the team beat number-one ranked Carlton in three sets, winning the final set 25-21.

Coach Dion Petz said he is extremely pleased with the result.

“That was our whole season’s goal, to make it to Provincials,” he said. “We knew we’d be in tough.”

The team will now travel to Moose Jaw for Provincials on Nov. 18-19, which Petz expects to be a good experience for the team.

“We have a young team, so getting to Provincials was a big goal for us,” he explained. “We’ll go there, play our best and see what happens.”

Petz said the entire team played well at Regionals, but noted the team’s two Grade 12s, Denika Friedrich and Sarah Thiessen, stepped up, especially in the last two games.

Meanwhile, Carpenter’s boys team fell in the semifinal against St. Marys, losing in straight sets 25-21 and 25-23.

The teams had met many time throughout the year and coach Dustin Treptow said it’s unfortunate they had to meet in the semifinal.

“We were probably ranked number one and two in the province,” he said of the teams. “It was just an unfortunate draw for us.”

The Carpenter team lost to North Battleford Comprehensive in round robin play, setting them up to meet St. Marys.
Treptow noted the team didn’t play to their potential.

“It was probably a bit of nerves because we knew it was an elimination game,” he said. “It’s disappointing. We had a few players not play the best they could have.”

Only two teams from Regionals qualified for Provincials, because they are being held at Carlton Comprehensive in Prince Albert, so they got a bye.

The Carpenter team will lose three starters next season, Grade 12s Brady Arnold, Garen Kuffert and Kyle Thompson.

“We’re losing a big chunk,” Treptow said. “Those three guys are tops in the province, so it’ll be tough to replace them.”

Treptow expects next season to be a rebuilding year.

“Hopefully we’ll have some Grade 10s come in,” he explained. “We’ll be a younger team next year.”

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