Monday, April 9, 2018
They’re not the biggest, but they’re one of the best. Over Easter weekend the Providence Jr. Pilots 16U boys volleyball team finished second at the annual Best of the West tournament, hosted each spring by the University of Calgary.
“This group of boys continues to prove that you don’t have to be the biggest to win, and win a lot!” exclaims coach and 1996 Olympian Michelle Sawatzky Koop. “As long as you take care of your side of the court, and work as hard as you possibly can every time you enter the gym, good things will happen.”
Invited to Calgary as one of the top teams from Western Canada in their age category, the Jr. Pilots advanced all the way to the championship match before coming up just short against Edmonton’s FOG club.
“This team has been successful three years in a row,” explains Kyle Guenther, head coach of the varsity Pilots women’s volleyball team and Jr. Pilots coordinator. “To go into a tournament like Best of the West and beat some phenomenal teams is remarkable. It’s great to see them representing our club, our school and our province on the national stage.”
He adds: “These boys and these coaches show what hard work can do. I’m very proud of this team and what it continues to do for our program.”