By Greg Price
St. Mary Auroras varsity girls volleyball team has embarked on its young season, and head coach Matt Marchesin is pleased with the progress his squad has made so far.
“The team did fantastic in its tournaments. We worked hard and finished losing only once at the pre-season (Winston Churchill), and we finished the Lethbridge College tournament tied for third,” said Marchesin. “We are playing above expectations.”
League play as proven tougher, with losses against Chinook and Catholic Central High from Lethbridge, although the Auroras have managed to take a set in both.
“That was some tough competition, but it featured some stand-out play, passing well, hitting well We are excited to try and stay in the same pool (when they re-seed), next round,” said Marchesin. “There’s strong 4A teams in the league and we went to four sets in both our matches so far against those bigger schools.”
The Auroras are 10 players deep on the bench this year, comprised of more veteran players. There are five Grade 12s, four Grade 11 and one Grade 10.
“Our strengths are our serve as well as serve-receive passing and our outside attack,” said Marchesin, adding there are also things to work on in the young season for the team to reach its full potential by zones. “We need a consistent middle attack along with some defensive positioning, posture.”
St. Mary’s Auroras battle Winston Churchill Griffins today with junior varsity at 6 p.m. with varsity to follow. The team is then off to a tournament at Senator Gershaw in Bow Island on the weekend.
“I’m really excited about our potential and we are looking to represent our zone in provincials this year,” said Marchesin.