The Eckville senior girls Aces volleyball team is a young squad looking to develop strong skills to compete in future years.
On September 22, the girls would face local rival Spruce View in their home opener. Despite having six out of nine players being in Grade 10 – the girls would go on to win in a convincing fashion with three straight strong sets against Spruce View.
Coach Brian Holland is looking forward to watching the growth of this team.
“We will be inexperienced at the beginning, but that is the delightful part as a coach because we will be improving as the year goes on,” he said.
Coach Holland is looking to develop the skills of these players, which may not translate on the score board right away.
“The message I always give at the beginning of the year is it’s the quality of the points you play, not the outcome of the points,” he said. “It can be hard for an athlete to wrap their head around the score not mattering but I really believe that if you are playing the game the right way, the score will take care of itself eventually.”
The team is shaping up to be a very athletic squad that will only improve with the experience of playing a lot of games and having a lot of playing time.
“We are lacking a little bit of aggressiveness,” he said. “Natural defensive aggressiveness comes with experience, but that will build up over time.”
He added, “I want us to get better each time out. It will be a successful season if we can get our selves in position to compete for one of the spots at zones for the championships in November.”
As far as coaching is concerned, the challenge will be to maintain endurance with having only nine players.
“Maintaining everyone’s energy and making sure we have enough fresh legs will be a little bit of a challenge,” Holland said.
Holland is also the Principal at Eckville Jr./Sr. High and added that “it’s great to see ladies extend their high school career through athletics.”
The senior boys game followed the girls game and the Aces would go on to lose there first game in over four years in a heartbreaking 3-2 series against Spruce View.
The senior teams play their next home game against Bentley on Monday, October 3.