2017 is shaping up to be a strong season for the Bert Church Chargers senior boys’ volleyball team as it pursues the school’s first Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) title.
Following a disappointing 2016 season, the Chargers have a new energy – showing strong competition with its 2-2 record.
“As far as a the 2-2 record, I’m pretty happy. The boys didn’t have a good season last year,” Roe said. “For us to get some wins and have some close matches with the perennial power houses in the division has been rewarding for me.
“Everybody seems to be progressing and having fun.”
The Chargers got out to an impressive start this season, putting together a pair of wins over the Chestermere Lakers and defending RVSA champs W.H. Croxford Cavaliers, giving up just a single game over the span of the two matches.
Perhaps more impressive was the definitiveness in its wins, winning five of its six games by 10 or more points.
“We have a large number of returning players,” Roe said. “This is one of the most polished teams that I have coached at Bert Church in the past four years.”
After getting off to a 2-0 start, the Chargers went into the meat of its schedule taking on perennial contenders Springbank Phoenix and Cochrane Cobras.
The Chargers took on the Phoenix Sept. 27 in a thrilling five-game match, which included three-games decided by just two points.
Roe didn’t want to give an excuse to the heartbreaking loss, but mentioned the team was without starting setter Landon Richardson, which made for a tough time countering the Phoenix attack.
The Chargers woes continued the following week when it lost in straight games to the Cobras. With each of the games coming down to just a handful of points, Roe said his team would learn from the close losses.
“I’ve emphasized the learning,” Roe said. “The fact that we’ve lost isn’t as important as the fact that in both matches we’ve learned something about ourselves, as far as our ability to keep our morale up and definitely seeing where we have to improve.”
With a younger lineup this season, Roe said he was extremely pleased with the play of his squad and anticipates a strong finish to the season to get the team rolling into the RVSA post-season.
“We’ve got the size and experience, the boys just need some refinement on technique and philosophies,” Roe said. “By the end of the season we’ll be well situated for the playoffs.”
Bert Church returns to the court Oct. 25 when it takes on the George McDougal Mustangs in a match that will prove to be important for both teams finish in the regular season standings.
“This game is always a big rivalry match and is definitely going to be a challenge,” Roe said.
“Having them at the end of the season gives us the longest chance to develop and be one of the teams that can take them on.”