Youthful Dragon hits Winter Games mark
Volleyball: Priddis' Holly Carver youngest member of Zone 2 squad
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 06:00 am
From the outside looking in to a spot with the province’s elite – a lot can change in two years.
Priddis’ Holly Carver booked her ticket to the 2018 Alberta Winter Games as the youngest member of the Zone 2 volleyball squad just a couple years removed from a less than ideal introduction to the sport.
“I tried out for my junior team at school and didn’t make it and I was really upset by that,” said Carver, a Grade 8 student at Red Deer Lake School. “Until club tryouts I spent almost all my weekends at practices, open courts and tried out for a club team just to see and ended up making the team.”
She repeated the feat as the lone Grade 8 player from the zone to qualify for the Games, Feb. 16-19 in Wood Buffalo.
“It’s really surprising that I’ve come this far,” she said. “When I was trying out for the junior team at school my parents actually made me go to the tryout, I didn’t want to tryout.
“If I hadn’t tryout I wouldn’t have made it this far.”
The 13-year-old made it through the zone tryouts in November where she mostly went for the experience against older opposition.
“I knew this was mostly set for U15 so I was there just looking for extra practice with some of the good coaches and also try my best to look good for the tryouts,” Carver said. “At times it was kind of challenging because you knew they have more experience than you did. You just have to work harder, I tried to compete with them and pull my own weight.”
It’s something she’s gotten used to as a club volleyball athlete with 403 Selects, where her two years of experience on the hard-court makes her stand out.
“You practice three times a week so you’re getting a lot of volleyball, but also you’re meeting a whole new group of people and it’s really fun to build friendships,” she said. “Almost everyone in the club knows each other, they’re friendly with each other and it’s really nice to have that extra group of people.”
The Zone 2 squad — which also features Okotoks’ Liana Greenshields and DeWinton’s Claire Sweeney — have been ramping up for the Games with weekly practices.
“I’m super excited because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Carver, who will play middle for Zone 2. “I’m excited to be playing with the team, playing volleyball at a higher level and super excited for everything.”
The Foothills is also sending a strong contingent on the boys volleyball side. The Zone 2 outfit features Okotokians Michael Schnell, Logan Kleppe, Colton Mueller, Ryker Hutchinson and Nolan Edwards and Blackie’s Alexavier Izyk.
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