Trojans set for provincial run
Camrose Composite High School Trojans Nevada Adamson bump sets a ball against Morinville during the CCHS home tournament in Camrose, Alta. on Saturday November 4, 2017. CCHS won 2-0 en route to a semifinal finish. Josh Aldrich/Camrose Canadian/Postmedia Network
The Camrose Composite High School Trojans girls’ volleyball team is rounding into fine form as they head into the provincial season.
The Trojans made it to the semifinal of their home tournament on the weekend before falling to eventual tournament champion and defending provincial champion St. Joseph’s out of Grande Prairie in two sets.
“We played really well on Saturday. oOur last two round robin games we played really well in and then our quarter-final game against Wetaskiwin … we beat handily in two straight,” said head coach Graeme Thain.
The Trojans have a veteran team with six Grade 12s and four Grade 11s. Most of them were part of the group that hosted the 3A Alberta School Athletic Association championship last season. That experience will be key as they head into zones next weekend at H.J. Cody in Sylvan Lake and potentially provincials the following weekend, also in Sylvan Lake.
“To be successful it’s going to be a collective group effort,” said Thain. “Out of 10 girls, all but three were on the team last year that was at provincials. They know what’s the scoop, they know what zones are like, they know how to get there.
“Us hosting was huge for us last year, and I’m hoping it is going to pay dividends for us this year, just so we know what that provincial tournament is like.”
The team has been a well-rounded group all season with different players stepping up at different times. The Trojans are seeing that depth pay off as they are starting to rack up the wins at tournaments, including earning bronze at a tournament at Louis St. Laurent in Edmonton.
“The girls are just building momentum into zones and hopefully into provincials, knock on wood,” said Thain. “They’re getting into the right frame of mind where they’re playing with good confidence and starting to take charge of matches, which is what you’re trying to do.”
He is trying to keep expectations in check for his team this year. St. Joe’s is the overwhelming favourite this year after winning provincials last year with a team mostly made up of Grade 11s who are all back this season. But they are also one of the top three teams in the zone, and will be going head-to-head-to-head with H.J. Cody and Wetaskiwin Composite High School for one of two berths in provincials. To advance, they will either need to win zones or make the final against host H.J. Cody.
“I’ve told the girls you’ve got to be confident, you have to walk with a bit of a swagger but you can’t underestimate anybody,” said Thain. “That win against Wetaskiwin was pretty big … it was a good message to send to Wetaskiwin. If we play with confidence and the way that we are rolling right now, we could potentially be the best team in the zone, on the right given day.”
NOTES — The CCHS boys made it the quarter-final of the tournament. They will also be at zones in Sylvan Lake next weekend, but their provincial tournament will be in Strathmore.