Being a new squad trying to establish chemistry with one another was one of the things that held the squad back in their first tournament, says coach Elena Schmidt.
“I think it’s just [the] first tournament, haven’t played together yet and some of these girls have played together on different club teams and what not, but for this team in particular is kind of an introduction to playing together and I think that has a lot to do with it.”
However, the team took positive steps towards the end of their last tournament in Grande Prairie, and has been showing well in practice lately. Schmidt is anticipating those things to carry over into a better result in Prince George.
“Well, now I expect us to play the way that we did in the last game of that tournament because they really started to play up to their capacity,” she says. “I expect a lot more competitiveness out of them because they are really progressing in practice; we’re getting in a lot of hours working on fundamentals that should come out in games now.”
One of the improvements in particular Schmidt is looking forward to seeing executed on the court is the ball handling skills of the team both offensively and defensively.
“A lot of it is ball control and being able to direct the ball where you want it to go both on a passing level and hitting,” she explains. “Also, our offensive attack is starting to click a lot more so that should come through with a stronger attack and more varied hits.”
The high school sports department, including the volleyball teams, are also looking for community and corporate support for the upcoming year to help cover costs including, but not limited to travelling for different tournaments and hotels. Anyone interested in helping support the sports teams at North Peace Secondary this year are encouraged to contact Randy Pauls at firstname.lastname@example.org.