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From Westman to Westerns

During the club volleyball season, Carberry’s Kelsey Jordan dreamed of making her first provincial team.

The 14-year-old setter reached that goal by trying out and cracking Manitoba’s 15-and-under girls’ Gold squad, so she has set new goals to keep her on her toes. Manitoba Gold is one of the younger teams at the 16U Western Elite Challenge — featuring teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan Alberta and British Columbia from July 18-20 in Edmonton — but Jordan has high expectations for herself and her team.

“We were only about two practices in and we’ve had a scrimmage against each other and I was so impressed with the team,” she said. “We just met each other and we’re already so good.

“I really am excited for this tournament. The Western Elites is a 16U tournament, so we’re not expected to win, but we are expected to be top in our age, probably.”

Manitoba is sending three girls’ teams and a trio of boys’ teams to the event. All three girls’ teams have Westman players, while two of the boys’ squads have players from the southwest corner of the province.

This will be Seth Friesen’s second year representing Manitoba at the 17U boys’ event, but his expectations are very different. Last year, the 6-foot-8 left side from Brandon was just happy to make the team and play on a big stage. This year, he’s on the most senior squad. The players came in with some chemistry since most played together at last year’s Westerns, and Friesen is focused on winning.

“We’re all one year older and we’re more mature,” the 17-year-old said. “We know what we’re up against because we were at the tournament last year, so I think we have a better idea of what we’re getting into going in, so hopefully we can do better based on that.”

The provincial teams have been together for a month and are practising every day now in preparation for the Western Elite Challenge. They’ve started to scrimmage against each other as well.

Based on what he’s seen so far, Friesen believes his team will be battling for the tournament crown.

“We know we’re older, we’re more experienced and we’re more physical, so as long as we play smoothly with that, we shouldn’t have a problem with the younger opponents,” he said. “Then it’s the discipline that comes down to with the guys our age.”

Meanwhile, Killarney’s Rylie Dickson and Brandon Bobcat recruit Nikki Majewski made the provincial 17U/18U girls’ team that will take part in the National Team Challenge Cup in Winnipeg from Tuesday to July 20. Manitoba has been placed in a preliminary round group with Ontario 1, Alberta 2, Quebec and New Brunswick.

No one outside of Winnipeg cracked the provincial 18U/19U team that will play in the boys’ NTCC in Gatineau, Que., from Tuesday to July 20, but BU recruit Bruce Akubukaka is on the squad. Manitoba’s preliminary round group consists of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec 1 and Ontario 2.

» cjaster@brandonsun.com

Westman players on Team Manitoba volleyball teams:

GIRLS

Team Manitoba Gold:

Shailyn Boschman, MacGregor

Kaylynn Collier, Brandon

Kelsey Jordan, Carberry

Karissa Zimmer, Russell

Team Manitoba Black:

Hanna Kristjanson, Oak River

Sami Love, Dauphin

Georgia Maxwell, Forrest

Paige Donald, Brandon

Team Manitoba White:

Allie Cantello, Virden

Carmen Ross, Virden

BOYS

Team Manitoba Black:

Dylan Sutherland, Brandon

Team Manitoba White:

Seth Friesen, Brandon

Josh McMillan, Carberry

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 12, 2014

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During the club volleyball season, Carberry’s Kelsey Jordan dreamed of making her first provincial team.

The 14-year-old setter reached that goal by trying out and cracking Manitoba’s 15-and-under girls’ Gold squad, so she has set new goals to keep her on her toes. Manitoba Gold is one of the younger teams at the 16U Western Elite Challenge — featuring teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan Alberta and British Columbia from July 18-20 in Edmonton — but Jordan has high expectations for herself and her team.

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During the club volleyball season, Carberry’s Kelsey Jordan dreamed of making her first provincial team.

The 14-year-old setter reached that goal by trying out and cracking Manitoba’s 15-and-under girls’ Gold squad, so she has set new goals to keep her on her toes. Manitoba Gold is one of the younger teams at the 16U Western Elite Challenge — featuring teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan Alberta and British Columbia from July 18-20 in Edmonton — but Jordan has high expectations for herself and her team.

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