Prince George’s budding volleyball players had a dry run for provincials last weekend at the U14 Super Series at the College of New Caledonia.
The U14 Kodiaks Scorpions won the weekend’s tournament, beating out the Quesnel Cobras in three sets.
“It was really close,” said Brian Bird, coach of the Prince George Youth Volleyball Association girls team.
The Quesnel team was carrying the momentum of winning three games earlier that day, Bird said, while the Scorpions were rested after securing their spot in the final game.
That rest showed as the Scorpions had the legs to carry the third set over the Cobras.
The Scorpions and other Prince George teams are heading into provincials this weekend and Bird said the win will help the girls.
The team has only seen half of the teams they’ll be competing against, the coach said.
“We’re a very young group. For them to play volleyball at this high level is new to them.”
With that in mind, the coach isn’t putting much pressure on the players.
“Winning isn’t the be all and end all for this weekend,” he said. “It’s about exposure to good volleyball.”
The final results for Prince George teams in the girls division were: U14 Scorpions, first; U14 Spikers, third; U14 Predators, fourth; U13 Wolverines, fifth; Blackburn, sixth; and the U14 Diggers, seventh.
On the boys side, the U14 Thunder came first over the U14 Lightening.