Carpenter girls volleyball goes winless at Provincials

By Rhonda Cooper

Carpenter High School’s senior girls volleyball team travelled to Moose Jaw for the SHSAA provincial 5A volleyball championship Nov. 18-19. Despite a winless record, the team came away with some valuable experience and the knowledge of being one of the top10 teams in the province.

Placed in a pool with Regina’s LeBoldus High School, Saskatoon’s Marion Graham Collegiate, Moose Jaw’s Peacock Collegiate and Prince Albert St. Mary High School, the Spartans were unable to record a win during the weekend of play.

“Overall for us, it was about the experience of getting there,” said coach Dion Petz.

Petz noted that during the opening ceremonies, the guest speaker asked all the Grade 12 players from each team to stand.

“Most of the other teams, half of them were Grade 12 students and on ours there was only two,” he said. “We were probably the youngest team there.”

Carpenter opened their tournament against the eventual provincial champions Regina LeBoldus. Petz attributed the first game, a 25-8 loss, to nerves. But the squad settled down and played one of its best games in a long time coming out on the short end of a 25-21 score.

“The girls played well, but we knew we would be in tough for the weekend,” Petz said. “It would have been nice to have won one game and played a quarter final game but we certainly are not hanging our heads.”

The weekend proved to be a valuable experience for the Grade 10 and 11 players.

“They saw what it’s going to take to win a provincial medal. They will have to bring their A game and it will take a pretty special weekend for us to win (a medal),” said Petz.

Petz noted this was his first year of coaching the A team and believes the last time a provincial medal was brought home by a girls team was a bronze in 2006.

According to the SHSAA archives, since 2004 Meadow Lake has attended the provincial tournament seven times, missing the big show only in 2009. Of those seven appearances, the team played in the quarter finals three times, missed the playoff three times and scored the bronze medal in 2006.

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