Tuesday, February 6, 2018
More than 233 athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 competed in tryouts at Providence last weekend. Their goal: to win a place on one of the Pilots club volleyball program’s 14 teams. By Sunday, 170 of them had done just that.
“I am incredibly humbled by how many athletes want to play for our club,” says Kyle Guenther, head coach of the Providence Pilots women’s varsity volleyball team and Junior Pilots Coordinator. “To see it grow every year and have an increasing number of kids come to our tryouts gives me so much joy!”
Beginning next month there will be 14 teams representing Providence in age categories ranging from 13U (athletes born between September 1, 2004 and December 31, 2005) and 18U (athletes born between September 1, 1999 and December 31, 2000). That’s three more than the program has ever had. And the 298 registrations were also an all-time high.
Each year Junior Pilots teams contend for championships at provincial and national levels, and every summer a handful of graduating athletes enrol at Providence University College and progress into the varsity ranks.
“It means we have put a good product together and that word is spreading that Providence is a great place to play club volleyball,” Guenther explains. “I give so much credit to our coaches for giving these athletes a great experience each year. They work so hard to develop these young athletes in the sport and challenge them on and off the court, which makes for a great experience altogether.”
The 2018 club volleyball season will begin early in the New Year and conclude with the national championship in May. The Junior Pilots will be represented at the Edmonton tournament by the 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U teams.
Says Guenther: “I look forward to another great season and to watching all of these teams represent Providence provincially and nationally.”