The Lacombe Rams Senior Volleyball team have won their annual Megavolley Tournament, which welcomes some of the best high school girls volleyball teams in the province to the city.
The Rams took the tournament after defeating the Ardrossan Bisons — with the Meadow Lake Spartans and Notre Dame Cougars taking third and 4th respectively.
Jay Adamson, senior girls basketball coach and assistant principal at LCHS, said after the Rams first game against the Central Alberta Christian High School Knights that it was good for his team to get some confidence on their home court.
It was good. We have had two league games and we have a lot talent on this team. Home has been a tough place for us to start. We have been relly good away from our gym.
“I asked them to defend their turf, they played well and they moved in the back court like I asked them to. They stepped up, used their hands and moved the ball around. They were better,” he said.
Adamson said his team has high-level physical talent and is also veteran-laden — with 10 Grade 12s on the roster.
“Our captain is Julia Cunningham. She has been with us since Grade 10. She is surrounded by a leadership team of other Grade 12s including Tiffany Ronald, Ivy Woolf and Tiffany Gillespie. Every girl is an important piece of the puzzle and they are fitting together,” he said.
Adamson is appreciative to have a good group of athletes to coach
“I am appreciative of the skill I believe this group of girls has and more than anything it is a great group of girls and that makes a world of difference in terms of coaching.
Adamson said the Rams will move the ball with speed this season.
“Tiffany Ronald and Alyssa Kangiesser are our two setters and they can move the ball with speed. They can run the offence and be the quarterbacks out there. We can have a relentless attack,” he said.
Adamson said any team out of Lacombe, Hunting Hills, Notre Dame and Thurber could be the team that advances to provincials this season.
“It will be a dog fight this year and you could just as easily finish first as last. My goal is that we are playing at the end of November in provincials,” he said.
CACHS Knights hunting 1A provincial title
Depsite an opening loss to LCHS, CACHS coaches Tashelle Loov and Shalyn Lindballe expect a 1A provincial berth from the Knights
“We have a young team and they put in lots of effort. They have good attitude and are always wanting to work,” Loov said.
Loov said they are relying on their captains who are good leaders, have good attitudes and bring a lot of fire power.
“We want to make zones and see how far we can go from there. It would be cool to make provincials again,” Loov said.
Lindballe hopes CACHS will get another shot at LCHS this season.
”This is a hard game for the girls today and we know they can do better. We got some glimpses of
that. Hopefully we get another chance to play the Comp and show them what we can really do,” she said.
To make provincials, CACHS will have to take down rivals in Bawlf and Bashaw.
Lindballe said, “We are really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings.”