Sporting their new team gear, the Women won 7-1 on Saturday, and 4-1 on Sunday, claiming 6 valuable points to tie the top of the standings in the North Division. Players of the Game were rookie striker Ashtyn Haycock and veteran defender Bailey Zahorodniuk.
Goals from Alexi Watson (2), Ashytn Haycock (2), Kelsey Wudkevich, Madi Gillespie and Brook Robert secured Saturdays win for the ladies. Coach Morgan commented that Sunday’s game was a tighter affair, with the Wolves coming out the out eventual winners 4-1. Jess Winterford opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half and Shelby Henley increased the lead early in the second half. The Vikings reduced the arrears soon after before goals from rookie midfielder Kelsey Wudkevich and 2nd year defender Megan Dalziel secured the win for the ladies.
With a draw 0-0 on Saturday, and a win 3-0 on Sunday, the men bounced back from last weeks’ defeat to garner 4 points well-earned points. Players of the Game were striker Bernardo Cruz, and goalkeeper Brandon Harvey. Coach Morgan commented that the Wolves should have won Saturday’s encounter, but a host of missed chances allowed the Vikings to claim a share of the spoils, going on to mention that a magnificent performance in the midfield by Bernardo Rojas confirmed his Player of the Game nomination. Goals from rookie midfielder Rui Vale, 2nd year defender Cameron Close and rookie striker Zack Fischer on Sunday secured the win with Coach Morgan saying that Sunday’s game was much better with the Wolves racing into a three-goal lead. Despite missed chances to add to the score line in the second half, the men deservedly secured their first win of the season.
The squads have no games this weekend, but will prepare to travel to Edmonton Friday September 29 where they will face the Kings University Eagles, and the Concordia Thunder. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics
Wolves fall to Team Canada Sitting Volleyball Squad
Despite a 1-4 loss to the National team, it was an excellent experience for our athletes and our program. The opportunity to train and compete with our National team was one that everyone was easily excited for, and to have the maple leaf in our gym and across the net from us was unforgettable, said Wolves Head Coach Mitchell Schneider. The National Team has a strong Wolves connection with 3 of the coaching staff being Wolves Alumni, Head Coach Jeff Smith (WVB 2012-14, Assistant Coach Krystal Bush (WVB 2004-05) and Athletic Therapist Caitlin Baker (WBB 2008-11).
Smith, the Head Coach of the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team who won ACAC and CCAA Silver in 2014, was thoroughly impressed with the turnout and by the game play. He said that we don’t get an opportunity to play against a large block on a consistent basis, and the GPRC guys bought into the opportunity to learn a game, and also teach a few things to the national team. Smith plans to come back to Grande Prairie for exhibition games until the team qualifies for the 2010 Paralympic Games to be held in Japan.
This event was a great opportunity for Grande Prairie and area to see the calibre of play of the Team Canada Sit Volleyball Team said GPRC Wolves Athletic Director Francois Fournier; they are great athletes who perform at a very high level. Congratulations to their coach Jeff Smith, his coaching staff and the players and best wishes for continued success on the world stage.
St. Joes: Double Gold at Big Red
One of the largest volleyball gatherings in the Province, The Service Plus Inns and Suites, Big Red Volleyball Tournament was hosted this weekend by Wolves Volleyball. 22 Girls, and 17 Boys teams registered for the tournament, but in the end, it was an all Grande Prairie final, with St. Joseph Catholic High School and Peace Wapiti Academy battling it out in both the Boys, and Girls. St. Joe’s emerged as the winner on both fronts, clinching gold and the 2017 Championship Banner.
|Gold||St. Josephn Catholic High School||St. Josephn Catholic High School|
|Silver||Peace Wapiti Academy||Peace Wapiti Academy|
|Bronze||Sexsmith Secondary School||Spirit River Regional Academy|
|4th||Parkland Composite High School||Dawson Creek Secondary School – Juniors|
Congratulations to all the teams that participated! We hope to see you in 2018.