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Kodiak senior boys volleyball team ready for provincials

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 11:13 am

Jared Lee bumped the ball up in the air during a practice for the St. Martin de Porres senior boys volleyball team in its home gym on Nov. 22.
Jared Lee bumped the ball up in the air during a practice for the St. Martin de Porres senior boys volleyball team in its home gym on Nov. 22.
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Although the team’s performance in the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA) was not what players had hoped for, the St. Martin de Porres Kodiaks senior boys volleyball players will have a chance to finish off its 2013 season on a high note.

The Kodiaks will be competing against 11 other squads in the ‘AAA’ boys’ volleyball provincial finals in Edmonton at the Saville Centre, which kicks off Nov. 28 and will conclude on Nov. 30.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the provincials, so every team will be there in Edmonton this year instead of going to different cities like they usually do,” Kodiaks Coach Edmund Crame said.

“It’s going to be a really special event there in Edmonton, and we are going to be seeing a lot of different teams that we wouldn’t face on a regular basis.”

For the players, the experience of competing at the 50th provincial high school volleyball championships is something they have been looking forward to.

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be really loud and pretty packed in there, but we will just have to fight through it and focus on the games,” Grade 12 player Jared Lee said.

“Usually the provincials take place at one school, so it’s going to be a little bit different to have it at a place like the Saville Centre,” Grade 12 teammate Ty Kehoe added.

The Kodiaks earned its spot at the provincials with a win at the Calgary high school ‘AAA’ zone finals on Nov. 18, when it defeated the Queen Elizabeth Knights in three straight sets.

That victory helped to take away the sting the Kodiaks felt on Nov. 12 when the team was knocked out of the CSHSAA playoffs in a five-set thriller against the eventual champion Dr. E.P. Scarlett Lancers.

“It’s always easy to think about what could have been, but we have moved on from that loss in the playoffs,” Crame said.

“Our motivation is to compete better at the provincials than we have throughout the entire season, and our strong play in the zone finals is good stepping stone towards that.”

“We would like to be one of the three teams to come out of our six-team pool and make it into the playoffs, and anything after that will be a bonus for us,” he added.

Since the team qualified for the provincials on Nov. 18, the Kodiaks have been fine-tuning its game in practices at its school, as the coach wants to have any issues ironed out before the provincials get underway.

“We have been working on our serving and our placement out on the court, along with working on having a good energy level when we play,” Lee said. “All of the teams that will be at the provincials are going to be evenly matched both on a physical level and a skill level, so I think the team that plays the best while staying strong mentally will be the one that ends up winning in the end.”


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