Trojans bring home gold Featured

Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2022 07:36

For the second year running, the Major Pratt Lady Trojans have emerged as the MHSAA Provincial AA Volleyball Champions.

“Last year we only had one graduating player so we had six returning players and six new girls join us,” coach Tanya Thompson said “So it was very much the same girls who have been together for years.”

Throughout the provincials the lady Trojans were undefeated. In fact, this powerhouse team lost only one set in the semifinals. The Trojans entered the provincials ranked second in the province.

They played four round robin games defeating The Pas, Elton, Warren and Souris - each in just two sets. They came up against the Green Valley Pirates in the quarter finals - again, winning in two straight sets.

A win against Rosenort in three sets led to the final game where they hit the court against Flin Flon, bringing in the gold medal win in two straight sets. Kylee Peake and Alyssa Bily were chosen as tournament All Stars and Sunay Pieterse was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the provincial tournament.

Coach Tanya Thompson, who has coached them for years, said that the girls have had success throughout their entire season, coming out as the top team in all but two tournaments over the entire season - including a second place finish in a 32 team tournament in Regina.

“Most of these players have been together since grade seven and also for their club volleyball season for the rest of the year,” she said. “So they have a really good chemistry together both on and off the court - they’re just really good friends.” “They’re determined and they’re hard working but it’s more than just skill.” They bond so well on the court because they have such respect for each other and such great friendships off the court as well.”

Check this week's Banner for more!

Read 487 times