SAIT volleyball season flies

Last year’s season was a tough one for the Trojans women’s volleyball team, capped off by losing eight out of the last 10 games and two straight playoff losses.

But with six players from last year’s roster gone, the women of Troy welcomed new faces this season and hope to improve upon these results.

With half the team being new, it would be easy to question the team chemistry. But head coach Diane Bulger says it’s not an issue.  “Our chemistry is better than it has been in the three years that I’ve been with the program.”

Bulger said the rookies have brought much-needed depth to the Trojans.

“They constantly push our veterans for court time,” said Bulger.

Danielle Harder, a first-year Journalism Arts student and Red Deer native, is one out of the half-dozen new faces on the Trojans team this year.

Harder echoes Bulger’s sentiments. “Overall this is the first team I have been on where I can honestly say I trust everyone,” said Harder, who’s had her share of tough times on the court, battling through injury and a period in which she lost her love for the game.

“To have (that) chemistry so soon is really good (and) will definitely help us in the future.”
The team opened their season on a losing note, but finally got their first win of the young season this past weekend.

Losing to the Grant MacEwan University Griffins, the Trojans were swept aside in both games of a home and away series Oct. 29 and 30.

The Trojans lost their third game of the season while visiting the Lethbridge College Kodiaks on Nov. 5. But on Nov. 6, against those same Kodiaks, they won straight sets in front of their home crowd. The win was also selected as SAIT Trojans “game of the night” for Nov. 6.

– by Adam Bowen

Men’s volleyball

It was a great start for the Trojans men’s volleyball team opening their season at home.
They powered through the MacEwan Griffins on Oct 30, and their matchup was chosen as the game of the night as the Trojans won 3-1.

Taking advantage of their experienced players, the Trojans had some of their more veteran players giving standout performances.

Middle Keith McLeod had a particularly amazing night. He was credited with 10 kills, three defensive digs and three stuff blocks at the net.

Coach Ryan Marsden and his squad were working to improve on their previous performances.
The team managed to cut down on errors and really control the game, giving them the edge to beat the Griffins.

The second weekend of games didn’t run quite as well. With two games Nov. 5 and 6, the volleyball men managed to win one and lose one.

The Trojans lost with only a single digit score in the first set. The second game was much better for the Trojans who took the game with a score of 3 – 2.

-by Jeff Clemens

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