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St. Martin Kodiaks finish fourth at provincials

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 11:03 am

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Despite just missing out on winning a medal, the St. Martin de Porres Kodiaks turned in an impressive performance at provincial 3A volleyball championships in Edmonton from Nov. 27 to 30, as the team finished in fourth place.

“Overall, I think everyone is quite happy with how things went, especially against some of the best teams in the province,” Kodiaks coach Edmund Crame said.

“The guys played some of the best defence that we saw out of them all year long, and they played very smart throughout the weekend.”

After finishing in second place in Pool A with a 4-1 round-robin record to advance into the playoffs, which took place on Nov. 30, the Kodiaks picked up a three-set win (17-25, 25-21, and 16-14) over the Holy Trinity Knights of Okotoks.

“We sort of figured out what we needed to do against them after we lost the first set, and we had an awesome second set as a result,” Crame said.

“In the third set, we were down 12-6 before we went on to a 10-2 scoring run to win the game, and to do that was a pretty amazing feeling.”

The Kodiaks’ march to the finals came to an end in the semifinals, as they lost to champion Louis St. Laurent Barons of Edmonton in two sets (15-25 and 22-25).

In the bronze-medal game, the Kodiaks were defeated in two sets (20-25, 19-25) by the St. Joseph’s Celtics, which won last year’s provincial title.

“Those were two tough teams that we faced, but the guys stood up to the challenge and they played really well,” Crame said.

“A lot of the other coaches and officials at the tournament complimented our guys for how well they played and battled for every point, which was nice to hear.”

Next year’s Kodiak lineup will be a different looking one from the nine-player squad that suited up this year, with only one player (Grade 11 student Alex Granley) slated to return.

“Even though we will be a younger team, I don’t think we will be too far off from where they are now,” Crame said.

“There will be some growing pains I’m sure as we get underway, but these kids that are coming in are very hungry to compete and they are ready to win.”


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