Junior boys’ volleyball teams wind up for a competitive year

Warming into this year’s volleyball season, Houston Christian School hosted a day of friendly games between junior boys’ teams on Sept. 24.

Warming into this year’s volleyball season, Houston Christian School hosted a day of friendly games between junior boys’ teams on Sept. 24.

Seven teams from across the north came to play, including a new team from Houston Secondary. The school has not had a team for a few years.

Ed Kronemeyer, who coaches the team from Houston Christian School, said although it was not a competitive day he was pleased with how the team performed.

“We were pretty unsure how things would go, but we ended up winning three of our four matches,” he said.

The team from HCS includes players from Grade 8, 9 and 10. Many other teams have just Grade 9 and 10 players.

The team will play nearly every weeked up until the zone championship on November 12, he said.

The season includes three tournaments in Smithers and one in Terrace.

The team from Houston Christian School practices twice a week, and this year they look forward to facing off against the neighbouring Houston Secondary team for a few of their practices.

As for the Houston Christian School’s style of play, Kronemeyer said it’s early but they have noticed other teams seem to have a height advantage.

That means the team will have to play their positions closely, he said, and focus on their serving game.

Already, those seemed to be strengths.

Most of the team’s matches went to three games and they managed to pull through on solid positioning.

“Looks like it will be  an exciting year because all the teams are so close. I don’t think anyone can pick a clear favourite.”