Good Shepherd Rams sweep home tournament
The third edition of the Good Shepherd Invitational volleyball tournament was a successful one for the home-town hosts Good Shepherd Rams, as both the boys’ and girls’ teams won their respective competitions.
Having won its home tournament last year, the Rams girls’ team returned as event champions with a two-set victory over the St. Augustine Angels of Calgary on Sept. 28.
“It’s always fun to win a tournament, especially when it’s at our own school,” Grade 9 student Jessie Toth said. “Both our team, and the boys’ team, played very well all weekend long, and it just shows how strong our school is when it comes to volleyball.”
After winning the first set by a score of 25-14, the Rams jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead in the second set, only to see the Angels claw back to tie the game up.
Both teams went back and forth over the remainder of the second set, before the Rams were able to go on a late run to seal the victory.
“We called a timeout right after they (St. Augustine) tied the set up, and we just told them that it was time for them to get back into the game and to start focusing on what they know how to do,” Rams Coach Christy Urban said.
“We told them to work on their communication in that second set, as they weren’t calling for the ball very well early on, and they were able to turn that around,” Coach Heather Gault added.
The Rams boys’ team, meanwhile, earned its first tournament win in its home event on Sept. 27 with a two-set win over the Our Lady Queen of Peace Royals in what was an-all Airdrie Final.
“It feels great to win at home, as it’s pretty much the best feeling ever,” Grade 9 student Nicholas Granley said. “We played great the entire weekend, and we just had a little more jump in the finals than our opponents did.”
Right from the start of the finals, the Rams looked to be the better of the two sides, as the team hit its mark on its way to 25-12 and 25-17 set victories.
“One of the biggest keys for us was to make sure that the guys were all focused at the beginning of the matches,” Rams Head Coach Don Lauzon said. “We play against the Royals quite often, and these games are always a battle, so to win two straight sets against them is quite an accomplishment.”