The U16 SLVC Wave (Sylvan Lake volleyball) team was in Penhold last weekend for the annual Red Deer Queens Spikefest. Coaches Wayne Halliday and Rick Boyes and team manager Cindy Overmars lead the team with their expertise.
A lot of the team this year are new to each other or haven’t all played together for quite some time now. This tournament was truly a great experience for the team to get to learn about each other and the coaches.
The girls started Saturday at 9 a.m. against the host Queens A team (the Extreme) losing both sets to them. Then they battled the Rocky Mountain House Wildcards, splitting the wins one a piece. They then proceeded to also split the match against the Queens B team (Ultimate), which took them to the final game of the day against the Ravens, ending their day with two wins against them.
The last round robin game was postponed to Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The game was against the Whitecourt Revz. The team started the day with two wins, ending the round robin on a very positive note.
Sunday was a gruelling day with the team playing at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The last three games were playoff games, and every match went to three sets making for a very tiring four hours of volleyball.
The team played amazing all weekend. The coaches had really been working on coverage on the court and it really paid off on numerous occasions throughout the weekend. In the end, the team finished in fourth place for their efforts, and should be happy with their results.
The U16 Wave this year consists of Leah Hagel (1), Paige Hagel (2), Erin Leidl (3), Rebeka Reynolds (4), Morgan Lockyer (6), Shae Boyes (8), Erin Matthews (9), Annessa Parcels (10), Amy Busch (12), Bailey Kentz (13), Regan Eisler (14), and Braxton Orantes (15).
Coach Wayne Halliday said he was very proud of the team over the weekend and can’t wait for them to keep improving each tournament.