Volleyball: Foothills boys first, girls second at Calgary tourney
Bruce Campbell: Western Wheel
The Foothills Falcons are howling with confidence in the early stages of the volleyball season.
The Falcons senior boys squad won its first tourney of what it hopes is many when it downed the Centennial Coyotes 2-1 at the Bishop O’Byrne Volleyball tournament on Saturday.
“This is a big confidence boost and it just reassures that we can compete against these big 4A schools like we will see if we get to provincials,” Falcons coach Matt Armstrong said. “For the most part we served Centennial off the court, and our hitting was unmatched.”
Falcons power Matt Greenshields hit 80 per cent on his spikes during the tournament.
“I was nervous going into the finals because we haven’t been in one for a while — the nerves were kind of setting in,” Greenshields said. “But after that first set against Centennial, we settled and we were ready to go.”
Including their big hitter.
“I was feeling confident and I felt like I was just jumping high,” Greenshields said. “The team was getting some really good passes and I got good sets… I was just able to put them away.”
It was defence up the middle that was key to the Falcons’ victory.
“We were able to shutdown Centennial’s middle early,” said Falcon setter David Kent-Canalejo. “We were making sure we got good passes up so we could get the ball up to our hitters and get some good hits.”
It was Falcons middle Kyle Tarasoff who put the clamps on his counterpart with Centennial.
“He is a real presence guy, when he’s not hitting, he’s blocking and giving a lot of room to the outside,” Armstrong said of Tarasoff. “He neutralized Centennial’s middle who is their key to the offence.”
The Falcons next tournament is Oct. 13-14 in Lethbridge.
They host Eden Valley’s Chief Jacob Bearspaw on Oct. 10 and then take on the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir Spartans on Oct. 12 at the Comp.
The Falcons senior girls squad didn’t come home with gold from the BOB tourney, but they did get a confidence boost.
“Our goal was to get to the finals and we did that,” said Falcons coach Joanne Schoneck. “We ended up getting silver but went three games, losing 16-14, to Centennial in the third.”
It was the Falcons only loss in the tournament.
Although Foothills didn’t win the final, they didn’t fold after losing the first set to the Coyotes The Falcons also lost heavy-hitter Emileigh Inglis in that first set.
“The girls pulled it together and won Game 2,” Schoneck said. “We had our chances in Game 3 but we just couldn’t close… We hadn’t played in a final before and it was really nice to see the girls pull together.”
The Falcons are undefeated in Foothills Athletic Council. They have a 13-3 record, including tournament play. There next FAC game is Oct. 11 when the Falcons host the Highwood Mustangs at 5:30 p.m. The girls are also travelling to Lethbridge for a tournament on Oct. 13-14.