We just finished Highschool Senior boys volleyball. I have coached with Guy Kerbrat at Winston Knoll for the past 6 seasons. This past season we coached the best team I personally have ever been a part of.
Our worst tournament finish was a bronze at the UofR Tournament (two of our starters were missing). We won two tournaments (Lumsden and Campbell) and finished second in two tournaments (our own and Brandon, MB). Also, we won a very special city final where we played against the coach who I coached 15u with last year.
By the time we went to provincials we had only lost 5 matches. That’s incredible for how good some of these teams we played were. But the boys played with a lot of heart. They were a very close knit team.
I had coached 5 of these guys two years ago at on a 15U team (picture is shown above) and 7 out of the 10 players on our team played club the past 2-3 seasons.
Some of these guys were even on the first team I had ever coached, the team that probably only won 5 games all year. They continue to remind me about what a stellar season they had that year. Going to Nationals and not winning a set, not a single set. But they talked about it in a positive light because I think they figured it out, winning isn’t everything. Being a part of a team, that’s the most important.
At provincials we drew the difficult draw and dropped all three games on the first day of the tournament. We were down and out not knowing what the following day would hold. We had to beat Peacock to move on. We did. Next up was the 1 place finishing St. Mary’s. They hadn’t lost a set all weekend.
They beat us in set one then we witnessed one of the greatest sets in volleyball I have ever watched. We won set two.
In the third we hit hard, they hit even harder. we took them to 22-25 but unfortunately we lost. They played a great game but were almost upset by the 4th place team in the other pool. It was heart breaking but as coaches we couldn’t have been happier. The boys played their hearts out.
I have never been happy to lose, but when you play that hard and the other team still wins it’s difficult to be upset. Well I’m still pissed we lost, but I’m so proud that the boys clicked on that final day. They got to feel that moment when everyone’s working together, giving 110%. It’s amazing to witness really. I hope you get the chance to someday. I hope I get it again too. Hence why I’m coaching 14u this club season. I want to give young kids the chance of competing at that level. I want to give them the chance to witness how a finally tuned machine they call a volleyball team works together seamlessly.
What a season, what a team.