CHS girls win Northern Lights volleyball tournament

CHS girls volleyball coach Dion Petz addresses the team between sets Oct. 18.

CHS girls volleyball coach Dion Petz addresses the team between sets during an Oct. 18 against John Paul II Collegiate.

by Phil Ambroziak

The Carpenter High School girls volleyball team wanted to impress the hometown crowd, and they didn’t disappoint.

The Meadow Lake team won the Northern Lights Tournament, the team’s annual home tournament, which was contested at CHS Oct. 18-19.

“The win was obviously exciting for them,” remarked head coach Dion Petz. “It was nice to finally play in front of family and friends, and our success at this particular tournament now gives us a 17-game winning streak.”

Veteran player Brenna Seymour expressed how strongly the players work together.

“We really play well as a team,” she said. “We really wanted a win in our home tournament – we had a big win a couple weeks ago in Weyburn and we just wanted to keep it going.”

Meadow Lake opened the tournament with two straight wins over North Battleford Comprehensive High School with scores of 25-12 and 25-20. In further round-robin action, CHS downed John Paul II Collegiate from North Battleford (25-12, 25-8), Aden Bowman Collegiate (25-8, 25-19) and Wilkie (17-25, 25-16, 16-14) to advance to the semi-finals against St. Mary High School from Prince Albert.

“That was a pretty entertaining game – it was close with some really well played volleyball on both sides,” Petz said.

Carpenter’s victory in two straight sets (25-22, 26-24) led them to the finals where they defeated Rosetown Central High School 25-12 and 25-21 to claim this year’s championship.

“The final game wasn’t necessarily as competitive – we beat them fairly handily,” Petz said. “They had a longer day than us and it showed.”

The CHS girls team is off this coming weekend, but will continue to gear up for regional play with a tournament in Cold Lake Nov. 1-2.

Meanwhile, the CHS boys were off this weekend following a tough Thanksgiving weekend at the Spruce Grove International tournament where they were on the losing end of all their games.

“Though we would have liked to have played better, it was a great experience for the team,” stated CHS boys coach Trevor Gerwing.

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