St. Claude pair help Westman to silver
Submitted by Shelley Gosseye - The silver medalist Westman volleyball club poses after the provincial tournament in Brandon on Saturday. Front row: Melanie Gosseye (St. Claude), Mariah Krienke (Oxbow, Sask.), Kalli Feser (Brandon), Keegan Robinson (Hamiota), Amber Doyle (Souris). Back row: Head Coach Lisa Nichol (Brandon), Breanne Rey (St. Claude), Kailan Robinson (Hamiota), Riese McArthur (Brandon), Carmen Hutsal (Brandon), Natasha Rupa (Shoal Lake), Zoe Brenner (Dauphin), Nichole Yarema
Two volleyball players from St. Claude returned from the 17U provincial volleyball tournament with medals around their necks.
Melanie Gosseye and Breanne Rey helped the host Westman team to silver in Brandon over the weekend.
In the final, Westman went up on the top-ranked Mavericks, winning the opening set 25-20. However, the Mavericks roared back with 25-15 and 16-14 set wins to capture gold.
"It was really exciting," said Rey. "We played well. It was probably the best I've ever seen our team play."
Gosseye said Westman had to overcome some worthy competition to even put themselves in position for a medal.
"It was our goal to be in the final with the Mavericks from the beginning," said Gosseye. "Getting there wasn't impossible, but it was quite a journey. It was a huge accomplishment to play against such a really good team.
"We had some pretty decent teams in our pool, so we had to fight hard to get that far. It wasn't a piece of cake."
Rey felt that communication played a major role in the team's continued success.
"We were playing together, working together and really talking a lot," said Rey. "Everything worked."
The team will play in nationals in Toronto from May 17-22.
For more, please see Thursday's edition of the Central Plains Herald-Leader.