Crusaders volleyball program off to a hot start this season

Senior girls head coach Cherelle Cadrain credits the team’s quick start this season to a strong leadership group, spearheaded by co-captains, Charlotte Adamcryck (middle hitter) and Katelyn Payne (setter), who have helped set the tone for the team through their work ethics and building team comradery, on the court and off.

“The Grade 12s have really taken on that leadership role, and taken the initiative to even plan a team lunch all on their own for team bonding,” Cadrain said. “This group has a really good rapport going, and everything’s just flowing nicely. Even after we lost our one game to Nipawin [in the round robin]we kept a positive attitude […] we have a very determined and positive group.”

The senior girls will return to tournament action this weekend in Unity. The team will play their first game Friday at 2:50 pm against Outlook.

Junior girls gold

Less than 40 minutes north of the Battlefords, the junior girls Crusaders won all six of their games in Wilkie on their way to the gold, defeating Unity in the gold medal game in three sets.

“It was a great weekend of volleyball, [there were] lots of close games, and it was a lot of fun,” head coach Brent Puff said. “As always, Wilkie did an outstanding job hosting the tournament, and it was loud with a ton of excitement.”

It will be the junior girls’ turn to host their next home tournament, at JPII this weekend. The team will play their first game against North Battleford Comprehensive High School’s junior ‘B’ team, Friday at 3 pm

Senior boys silver

The senior boys won their silver medal in Meadow Lake, capturing 10 of their 14 total sets, on their way to the second-place finish.

Head coach Shelly Fransoo said it was nice to see the whole team contributing and getting some impact minutes early in the year.

“We are running a system that sees us able to consistently play more than just six players, so it allows us to better develop athletes throughout the season,” she said.

“We are very happy with a second-place finish at this point in the season, especially because we played against a number of 4A and 5A teams this past weekend, and are hopeful that with time we will only become stronger in our execution.

The senior boys will return to play this weekend in Saskatoon for the annual U of S tournament, before returning to host their home tournament at JPII the weekend of Oct. 1.

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