She has an extensive background in volleyball, having been involved with the sport since junior high. Her career highlights with the game of volleyball include attending Junior USA training camps, while also captaining her high school team.
Schmidt says that the senior team from NPSS has depth, and intends to compete for a spot in provincials in Vancouver.
“The team is looking strong this year. They are eager to learn the things that I throw at them and I have high expectations for them by the time we are heading to provincials,” she explains. “We have a very dynamic team and multiple girls to count on in each position which gives us a huge advantage not to rely on one or two people to win games.”
The squad got their first taste of action over the weekend as they travelled to Grande Prairie for the Big Red Tournament. Despite the team not placing after a loss in the quarterfinals to Spirit River, Schmidt was happy with what the team brought to the table.
“Although we didn’t place in it, losing out in the quarterfinals, it was a good showing,” she says. “Our first game in pool play versus St. Joseph Catholic High School was a loss that was good as just a wake up call and to shake off the cobwebs. We won the rest of our pool play matches versus La Crete Public School, Paul Rowe High School, and Grande Cache Community High. We were second in our pool and went on to play Spirit River Regional Academy. Spirit River always has a strong program and they came out swinging.”
All of the team’s games will be in tournament play, and as such the team will be travelling a lot and enduring costs throughout the season. The group is hoping to attract both community and corporate support. Anyone wanting to help with the team’s costs this year are encouraged to contact Athletic Director, Ryan LeClair at firstname.lastname@example.org.