Third place seems just right for the 15-and-under Cats Gold girls’ volleyball team.
The squad came into the weekend ranked third in the province and on Sunday they finished third at the Cats Club 15U volleyball tournament at the Healthy Living Centre. The result doesn’t bother coach Chloe Reimer.
"I think we did a really good job of making sure everyone got a chance to play and be a part of the wins that we had and I think that just proves how dynamic we can be," she said. "If we had always played our starting six the result might have been a little different, but at this point in the season it’s important that everyone is developing, so I think third is where we finished and proves that everybody can play.
"It’s super important (to play everyone before provincials) because we need six who can go on but we need six who can come off the bench. No one plays a flawless game, especially at age 15, so the fact that we have girls who are ready to come off the bench is super important."
Reimer, a former member of the Brandon University Bobcats women’s volleyball team, made sure every one of her players was on the court for each match during the two day event. If they were on the bench in the first set, they played in the second.
The team didn’t seem to miss much of a beat as the Cats won three of their four sets in the first round and five of their six in their power pool. However, playing five matches — three in their power pool as well as the semifinal and third-place match — on Sunday proved too much as they fell 2-0 (25-16, 25-17) to the eventual champion Huskies Volleyball Club from Saskatoon in the semifinals.
Reimer attributed it to mental fatigue, but she was impressed with the way her players bounced back to beat Kryptonite 2-0 (25-13, 25-22) in the third-place match.
"The fact that everybody got to be a part of that win was big for us and we haven’t had a ton of games where we came from underneath and found a way to win, so it was good to see them battling it out," she said.
Meanwhile, the Huskies won the event by topping the Dauphin-based Vipers 2-1 (26-28, 25-19, 15-10) in the final. The Brandon-based Storm fell 2-1 (25-11, 21-25, 15-7) to Regina Volleyball Club in the fifth-place match, while Westman Volleyball Club and Club West 1 opted not to play their seventh-place match.
Cats 15U Blue fell 2-0 (25-20, 25-13) in the ninth-place match, while Cats 14U beat Club West 2 2-0 (25-23, 25-14) to place 11th.