Members of the Fernie Volleyball Club (FVC) 18U women team became champions over the weekend.
The group took gold in a competition of 23 teams in the Volleyball Alberta Provincial Championships division 3 in Okotoks, according to FVC president, Dennis Staples.
Led by coach Andrea Reed, who Staples said has “been a great grassroots developer of the game,” the girls went undefeated over the weekend. But they still had to put up a fight.
On Saturday, they had five wins and no losses.
On Sunday, the girls had some tight games. In the quarters, the semis, and the finals, they were pushed to three-set matches.
The Fernie team won all three, and took the title.
Reed said the group “worked so hard to accomplish what they accomplished.”
“I’ve never seen them dig that deep or play that hard as a team. Every single one of them worked together to get that gold medal,” she said.
Two players were named to the all-star group: Alisia Dvorak and Cassie Fahselt.
Six of the players were also on the cusp of graduating, being in grade 12.
“Some of the players, it’ll be their final year playing volleyball,” Staples said.
They also had two players in the 19U range who had played with FVC previously. That was due to a special rule under Volleyball Alberta to allow a maximum of two players to play on each team from the older age who missed out on tournaments due to COVID.
Those players were: Sydney Fahselt (Cassie’s sister), and Cianna McCall.
“Those two made the most of it, and got to be part of the championship team,” Staples said.
“The team had to compete pretty hard in closely fought battles, but by winning the playoffs there, they were at the top of those 23 teams and took the title.”