Wednesday, April 24, 2013
PONOKA NEWS Page 39
Rage heads to provincials By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye As club volleyball season gets closer to completion, two local teams are putting Ponoka on the map. The U15 and U16 Central Alberta Rage teams won their premiere tournaments April 13 and 14 and they now advance to provincials May 4 and 5. Coach Tammy Emmes for the U16 team was unavailable for comment but U15 coach Christine Rowland looks forward to the challenge ahead as her team move up to division 2 from division 3. The reason they move up is to stay competitive. “You want the teams to be playing against teams at their level.” She credits making sure all her volleyball players have a chance to gain experience and strength in their areas. “I think that we play as a team. We have 12 players,” Rowland said. Rage won six of their seven matches at the tournament and she feels winning would not have been possible without bench strength. “You never win the game with six players.” Rowland thanked coach Emes for positive coaching techniques; a player gets better because “you believe in her.” Being the best in their division will also bring tougher competition but Rowland and her players are ready for the challenge. “I think we’re excited for the higher level of competition.” The Rage also played at a friendly tournament April 20 at St. Augustine Catholic School and the team had a chance to compete against division 2 players. The tournament was hosted by Darren Josephison who had his club team, the Warriors, play as well. The purpose of the competition was to get the players ready for the school volleyball season. “It’s just and extra thing that gets the kids stronger and more experienced,” There were 10 teams from around the area and the Warriors lost in the quarter-finals to Leduc and Central Alberta Rage lost in the consolation to Sylvan Lake.
Ferron French-Scott of the Central Alberta Rage team reaches for the ball during a volleyball tournament April 20 at St. Augustine Catholic School. Rage lost in the consolation game against Sylvan Lake. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Just makes it: Brittany Lange of St. Augustine Catholic School gets the birdie during badminton area playoffs in Lacombe April 17 in Lacombe. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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April 24, 2013 edition of the Ponoka News