Red Deer completes undefeated season
(Story Credit: IAN GUSTAFSON)
The Central Alberta U15 Kings Volleyball Club completed a historic season on home court on Sunday.
Taking on the Beaverlodge Rebels for gold, the Kings completed an undefeated season to win the Volleyball Alberta 15U Division 1 Men’s Provincial Championship.
They won in straight sets 25-22 and 25-18 at Hunting Hills High School to take home the win.
“It’s crazy we didn’t lose a game all year and I think they just played so well this weekend,” said head coach Cody Domoney following the win.
“It was a great team effort and I think this is just a culmination of all the hard work. Their play all led up to this one game and they played really well.”
The Kings played three round-robin games plus three playoff games to take home the gold medal throughout the weekend of April 15-16.
“I’m pretty lucky I get to work with a great group of boys and they get along great. We’ve got a great parent group and my assistant coaches are wonderful,” he said.
Following the championship game, Kings players Tyson DeZutter and Luke Dykstra were presented with all-star awards.
“I think everyone stepped up when we needed them to and lots of guys filled roles that helped our team,” Domoney said.
“Our two all-stars for the weekend played solid but that certainly doesn’t take away from the rest of the team. I only had two all-star awards I probably could have given out 12 of them.”
In addition to the two all-stars, the Kings roster includes Asher Doef, Jamie Kelly, Jorryn McKenzie, Nate Hemstreet, Blake Hughes, Daniel Kuipers, Jordan Kuipers, Kelton Holowaychuk, Marek Corbiere, and Trent Deschenes. Also on the roster are assistant coaches Kirsten DeZutter and Mason Leroux.
Domoney explained most of the group will stay together as a team next year and their goal is to repeat as champions.
Up next for the boys is the national tournament in Edmonton from May 11-14.
“Our goal is to fare well but we’ll have to keep performing how we are. It should be a great challenge and a great tournament for us.”