BONNYVILLE – Over the weekend Bonnyville and area teams played exceptionally well during the northeast Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) volleyball zones.
From Nov. 19–20, Lamont High hosted the boys’ 2A zone tournament while Assumption High School in Cold Lake held the girls’ 2A zones competition.
Taking the first place 2A zones banners was the École Notre Dame High School senior girls' team in Cold Lake, and the Assumption Junior/Senior High School senior boys' team in Lamont.
In an eight-team draw of 2A schools from the northeast zone, the Notre Dame girls went undefeated with a perfect 3-0 pool play record.
The Notre Dame girls went on to defeat Vegreville Composite in straight sets during the semi-final match-up and played local rivals Bonnyville Centralized High School (BCHS) in the gold medal game, winning again with straight sets.
"BCHS gave us a heck of a game in the final. Set one was 25-23. We've played them a lot this season and it is pretty impressive to see how much they've grown. Hats off to them and their coaches,” said Scott Cameron, the coach for Notre Dame’s senior girls' team. “Our girls really had to bear down to get it done. There were some pressure moments for sure.”
Julie Hutchison, the teacher organizer for BCHS volleyball, said watching the two Bonnyville high school teams battling it out for gold was tremendous.
“These teams have faced each other quite a bit this season, but this was definitely their closest match and it was great to see. A lot of these girls are friends and even play together on the club level,” said Hutchison.
She added, in general, “volleyball in Bonnyville is amazing right now,” referencing the success seen by École des Beaux-Lacs' girls who won 1A Zones and the two Bonnyville boys’ teams who duked it out in 2A zones.
This weekend, the Notre Dame’s senior girls’ volleyball team will travel south to Taber to compete in the ASAA 2A Provincials.
"We are excited for the opportunity. COVID limited our travel schedule to primarily local tournaments this year, so it is going to be interesting to see what the rest of the province has to offer at the 2A level. We've got a deep team and the girls are definitely up for the challenge,” said Cameron.
Also heading home with zones hardware was the Lamont senior girls' team who won the bronze medal match against Vegreville Composite.
In the boys’ 2A zones tournament, the J.R. Robson School boys’ team was defeated in the gold medal game by the Assumption boys’ team from Cold Lake who took the match winning in three sets.
In another Bonnyville finals match-up, the bronze medal game was between BCHS and Notre Dame. The Notre Dame boys team came out on top winning two out of three sets and scooping third place at zones.
Speaking to the success of Assumptions boys’ team, volleyball coach Jason Kozlow said, “Our team gave it their all and I am really proud of the hard work of our team.”
This weekend, from Nov. 25–27, Assumption Jr/Sr High School will host the provincial championships for ASAA 2A Boys’ volleyball.
“We can’t wait to welcome these teams to our school for this tournament,” said Kozlow.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, spectators are not permitted to attend the tournament. All games will be livestreamed on the ASAA website.
Teams facing off in Cold Lake include: Calgary Christian (Calgary), Strathcona-Tweedsmuir (South Central), Holy Redeemer (North Central), Matthew Halton (South), Assumption Jr/Sr High School , Kate Andrews (South), JR Robson (North East), La Crete (North West), Edmonton Christian (Edmonton), and Our Lady of Mount Pleasant (Central).