Monday, September 1, 2014

Vipers winless at ‘VolleyJam’

Teams only get better when playing better competition.
So at least the Fort Frances Vipers’ U17 girls’ volleyball team can embrace the fact they got plenty of chances to improve this past weekend.

The Vipers went 0-4 at “VolleyJam” in Winnipeg—Manitoba’s biggest club volleyball tournament of the year.
Fort Frances, which just recently switched its classification from U18 to U17 Tier 2, competed in the U17/U18 section of the tournament, which featured several higher-level Tier 1 squads.
“The competition was tough but we still managed to see some positives,” said Vipers’ co-coach Jason Cain.
“We know where we need to improve and we’ll be working on these areas.”
The Vipers opened play with a 2-0 loss (25-8/25-16) to the Tier 1 Junior Pilots.
“We didn’t play our best,” admitted Cain. “There was a lot of nervousness displayed by the team.”
The second outing didn’t go any better for Fort Frances as they fell 2-0 (25-7/25-16) to the Tier 1 Cobras U18 squad.
“They were a very strong team,” Cain noted.
“We got into the groove in the second set and played very well, but they had too much of a head start on us.”
The Vipers finished the round-robin against the Fury U17 Blue team (tier unavailable) and played their best match of the weekend, but still lost 2-0 (25-16/25-22).
“We almost won this match,” said Cain.
“We were up on them but they caught up and took off with the win.”
Fort Frances, which finished last in its pool, then faced the Tier 1 Mavericks U17 squad, which came away with a 2-0 victory (25-16/25-10).
The Vipers are back in Winnipeg this weekend for the Vision Elite U18 tournament.

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