The Swift Current Comp. Colts senior boys volleyball team are coming off a consolation title in Saskatoon
The Swift Current Comp. Colts senior boys volleyball team found out the hard way that every game counts at a weekend tournament in Saskatoon hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
The Colts settled for winning the consolation final at the 24-team event, but it was one crucial loss that cost them a chance to battle it out for the top spots in the tournament against many of the province’s top teams.
The Colts opened the tournament with a loss to Prince Albert St. Mary (18-25, 20-25), one of the province’s top teams year after year. They rebounded nicely with a three-set win over a scrappy team from Melfort (25-21, 20-25, 15-13).
The Colts suffered a costly loss in their final game Friday when they fell in three sets to Saskatoon Centennial (25-14, 23-25, 14-16).
The Colts would go on to win their final two round robin matches Saturday morning over Borden (25-9, 25-14) and Waldheim (25-22, 25-20) to place third in their pool.
“I think we had a really tough pool, but at the same time I think we should have pulled out that game against Centennial and made the A side,” said Colts coach Dan Andrie.
They rolled through the consolation playoffs with wins over Mossbank, Saskatoon St. Joseph, and Waldheim to finish with a 6-2 match record.
“I think we played well overall,” said Andrie. “I think that we really only struggled during the one game, which was the game that we lost to Centennial in the third set. That is the game that ended up costing us that move to the A side.”
The Colts had opened the season one week earlier with a gold medal performance at a 12-team tournament in Lumsden.
“I would say that we maybe just leveled out and played at the same level we were at last weekend. Overall we played well, just the one game against Centennial was the one that kind of put us back. We finished 6-2, which is a pretty good record, and we played some pretty good teams. I wouldn’t say it was a step back, but I think there is still some work to do and we still have lot of potential and room to build, which is a good thing.”
Andrie believes that his team has already proven that they can play with the top teams in the province.
“I feel that we are competitive with any team that you put against us. We proved that at that tournament last weekend when we beat the provincial silver medalists and the provincial gold medalists from last year, which are Moose Jaw Central and Regina Campbell. I think we played an okay game against St. Mary, who ended up going to semi-finals of this tournament.”
The Colts will open their nine-team home tournament on Friday against Moose Jaw Peacock at 2:30 p.m. at the Swift Current Comp.
Andrie expects some tough competition this weekend from Moose Jaw Central, who won silver at 5A Provincials last year and only graduated two players. They will also be pushed by entries from North Battleford, Caronport, Mossbank, Kipling and Medicine Hat Crescent Heights.
“The guys really enjoy the home tournament. It is the one chance that we get for family and friends to come out and watch them play, so they always get excited to play in front of their home crowd,” said Andrie.
The tournament is free of charge for spectators and begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The gold medal match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.