George Mac Mustangs victorious in RVSA volleyball final.
George McDougall can add another divisional title to its wall of banners, as the Mustangs senior boys volleyball team defeated the Springbank Phoenix 3-0 to win the Rocky View Sports Association’s (RVSA) gold medal, Nov. 7.
After an intense, closely matched first set, George McDougall cruised the rest of the way, overpowering the Phoenix. While Springbank struggled with communication, George McDougall’s thrived. That and the team’s defence were key. Having home court advantage also helped.
“The crowd gave us a lot of energy,” said Mustangs captain Jordan Wenaas. “If we ever started to lose our energy, the crowd picked us back up.”
While the team chemistry and unity has been a driving force to the team’s success, Mustangs Head Coach Scott Sharun said Wenaas has developed into the team’s best players and one of the best players in the league.
“No one competes with Jordan,” he said. “In the big games he rises to the occasion. He brings out his best games against the best players. He’s our most consistent player, our most consistent passer, our most consistent hitter and our biggest blocker. He’s our MVP.”
The momentum has been rolling all year for the Mustangs and the first hurdle was the divisional title. Now the team has its sights set on the South Central Zones, which it won last year. With the confidence the team has built up Sharun isn’t expecting any less than another gold medal.
“The guys are peaking at the right time, which is what we wanted to do,” he said. “We’re seeded high and that’s important for us heading into Zones. Our goal is to win and go to Provincials because I think without a zone win we would’ve come up short.”
A repeat performance of the win against Springbank wouldn’t hurt the Mustangs.
“The faster they’re into the game, the better off we are,” he said.
“We keep our foot on our opponent and that’s what the guys have consistently done all year. If we come out strong, I think we’re unstoppable.”
Despite the loss, the Phoenix advance onto the South Central Zone tournament, which will be held Nov. 16 and 17 in Brooks and Head Coach Jason Crelin is hoping for a rematch of against the Mustangs.
“We know what we have to do to beat these guys and hopefully, we’ll be on the other side,” he said. “Hopefully, we play the best we have all year.”
Around Rocky View
The Mustangs captured another medal on the last day of the RVSA volleyball action, defeating Bert Church 3-2 to win the Tier II gold medal. Springbank bested Bow Valley 3-0 to win the Tier I divisional title.
The Springbank senior ladies also took home a divisional title, defeating Chestermere 3-2 in the Tier I final, while Bert Church won the Tier II silver medal, losing to Cochrane.
On the junior boys side, Cochrane defeated Springbank to win gold.