Storm’s Kayla Burt (left) tips the ball over as teammate Jasmine Ramsey looks on while Westman Volleyball Club’s Karissa Minary (top), Kendry Holder (middle) and Kalyn Tokaryk defend during girls 14U Cats Club volleyball tournament action at the Healthy Living Centre on Saturday. WVC went on to win the 14U tournament. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
It took a while for the Westman Volleyball Club 14-and-under girls’ team to find their game this season, but now they have and they’re starting to roll.
The squad dropped one set during round robin to the Fury, but that sparked them the rest of the way as they won the Cats Club 14U tournament on Saturday at the Healthy Living Centre. Westman rebounded from splitting their match with the Fury and dominated their way through the playoffs until they had a rematch with the Fury in the final, which Westman won 2-1 (18-25, 25-21, 15-9).
"In the round robin we did play that Fury team and after we had some success against them in the second set their confidence stayed pretty high through the rest of the tournament," Westman head coach Corey Billaney said. "We had some tough games. We played some tough Storm teams out of Brandon and we came out on top and managed to beat Fury in the final."
Westman’s serving came through in the second set of the final to force the third. They kept the momentum going by jumping out to an 8-5 lead at the turn and closed out the match from there.
Watching his team come out on top made Billaney happy to see how far his squad has come.
"At the start of the year we didn’t have the success we wanted, but we got stronger and stronger and this is a nice cap for us with the way we’ve been playing so far," he said.
"I compare the girls to novice hockey players. They’ve been playing the game for two or three years knowing what to do, but now they’re putting their skills to work and playing some defence and strategy. It’s nice to see them playing more than three hits and get it over the net. Now they’re doing more than the basic skills."
Meanwhile, the Storm 13U team finished in a tie for third after falling 2-0 (25-16, 25-18) to Westman in the semifinals. Storm 14U lost 2-0 (25-22, 25-10) to Westman in the quarter-finals to finish in a tie for fifth.
Cats 14U Gold placed seventh by winning the consolation final 2-1 (27-25, 17-25, 15-9), while Cats 14U Blue tied for 11th. They fell in three sets to Big Bear in the consolation quarter-finals.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 31, 2014