Coach Elena Schmidt says the team took a little bit to get their legs under them but when they did she was really happy with the effort put out on the court.
“I thought the performance was great. I think in the first game we were getting warmed up. The thing that killed us in the second game that gave them the lead was that we weren’t making out passes,” she explains. “The serve receive errors, the passing errors and not being able to set up our offence. Once we got that and it all came together in the third game it paid off.”
The service efforts of the girls in the third game was particularly impressive with pinpoint accuracy that kept Dawson Creek on their heels.
“I think that’s where everybody fell into their rhythm was right there and hopefully this keeps going,” she says. “One of the advantages of a three out of five match is you have the leeway to get up to speed. The thing is, is that we need to come out strong from the get-go.”
One of the downsides of the tournament being cancelled surrounds the financial help it would have provided the NPSS teams for travel to zones and possibly provincials. Schmidt says the focus will now turn to attracting local sponsors to help cover the approximately $8,000 in costs.
“We would have made some money off of that for fundraising our zones and hopeful provincials march so now we’ve missed out on that opportunity. The plans are now were trying to go out into the community and get companies to show their support.” she states.
The senior boys and girls teams will have their final tournament of the regular season next weekend as head down to Peace River for a two day event. Zones will take place after that with the dates and times to be determined.