Weyburn Volleyball Club’s 15U Rush had a successful year, which coalesced with an impressive finish of 13th place out of 96 teams at West Nationals held in Regina from May 13 – 15. Carlyle’s own Shaelen Smith, Faith Nelson, and Emily Nelson play with the Rush.
Rush first took on East Kootenay Volleyball Club Avalanche on Saturday, May 13. The match went to three, but the Rush lost in a close 15-11 third set. They then took on the Selkirk Royals, losing in two close sets. Up against the Calgary Dinos the team was unable to get things going and lost in two.
Despite the tough losses in their first day, the Rush rebounded back to attack the Queen City Volleyball Club Royal Fusion winning that game. The Rush then lost to Seaside Surf from South Surrey, BC in a close three set match; but were able to finish their day with a win against Swift Current – a revenge match as the Swift Current Sundogs won provincial gold over the Rush a few weeks prior to West Nationals.
Finishing second in their pool, Rush moved on to Tier 2 playoffs in which they met Calgary Canuck Black in the quarterfinals. The Calgary team took the first set 26-24, while the Rush came back in the second to win 25-21 forcing a third set. In as close as a team can make it, Weyburn lost by two in the final set 15-13, which ended their West Nationals weekend.
The team had a successful season overall having earned bronze and gold medals at Sask Cup tournaments and finished with a silver medal at Provincials. And can now say they finished the 2017 season as the top ranked Saskatchewan team at the 15U West Nationals.