By Greg Price
Storms continue to brew on the St. Mary’s School athletic field.
A Little Storm volleyball tournament was held the weekend of Sept. 15 which saw a large field of boys and girls teams.
The school hosted eight girls and five boys teams with players ranging from Grade 6-8.
“It was a very early tournament and kids haven’t had lots of volleyball yet this year, but we saw lots of improvement throughout the two days,” said Storm coach Carolyn Siemens.
The JV Storm girls team came second in its pool, beating Barnwell 25-13, 25-23. They also earned splits with Foremost (25-21, 16-25) and Vauxhall (25-13, 22-25). In the playoff round they went to three games with Taber Christian and fell short in a tight game. In the third-place match, they played Willow Creek and had a couple good games.
On the boys side of the tournament, St. Mary’s entered a co-ed Grade 6 team.
“For most of them, it was their first experience in the gym for volleyball and they did well,” said Siemens.
The Storm boys finished fifth in their pool, but had many close games. They lost to Barnwell 18-25 and 21-25, split with St. Joe’s 25-23 and 21-25, and lost a tough one to St. Francis 16-25 and 6-25. They had two good games with Taber Christian, but came out on the losing end 19-25, 22-25.
“It was great to see so many positive skills coming around with this young group of athletes,” said Siemens.
A Big Storm tournament will be held this weekend at St. Mary’s School with a total field of 16 teams.
St. Mary’s boys and girls Storm teams battle Barnwell at 1 p.m. on Friday. The teams from both genders then battle Senator Gershaw on Friday at 3:30 p.m. St. Mary’s girls Storm end round-robin play on Saturday at 9:20 a.m. with the boys battling St. Catherine’s at the same time. Semifinals go at 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday with the championship finals at 7 p.m.