With only one Grade 12 on their roster, the Senator Gershaw School Gators senior girls volleyball have held their own and have played quite well according to head coach Barry Smith so far this season.
The girls began the season with winning some matches at a Lethbridge tournament, before having a less than ideal weekend at Eagle Butte High School.
For the Gators, this season has been an invaluable opportunity to see the junior varsity girls blend at the senior level, while there have been times where Grade 9s have been called up.
“Our biggest thing being that we’re young, (that)our goal is always to make 1A provincials and be competitive each and every night even if we’re not over the top beating some of the big schools,” said Smith.
“It’s a great experience as a small school to be competitive against big schools and they usually come into matches thinking that ‘we’re playing a 1A school and should give them a great match.’”
A hard working team is what he described this group as well as displaying team work.
He wants the see the girls continue to strive to work on skills such as jumping higher, hitting harder, while he is enthused with their defense and work ethic.
The Gators were bound to have gained momentum off their home tournament to cap off September moving forward.