Nighthawks win provincial volleyball title

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U-13 girls cap off successful season with perfect weekend

They have been playing at a higher level all season and that didn’t change this weekend.

The Nighthawks Volleyball Club U-13 team was perfect at provincials, not losing a game, let alone a match, en route to their banner win. This was their first U-13 tournament of the season after playing U-14 events all season.

In round-robin play at the provincial championship they won all four matches before crossing over to play the Armview Storm. The Nighthawks won 2-0 (25-8, 25-12) to advance to the final.

Against the Bedford Blizzards the Pictou County group had a tighter match, but still won 2-0 (25-14, 25-16) to claim the Volleyball Nova Scotia provincial banner for 2014.

Throughout their perfect weekend the toughest challenge was not getting too discouraged, according to Maia Green, who was named one of the tournament all-stars.

“Sometimes when we make a mistake we get down on ourselves and don’t always play our best,” said Green. “In the second set of the final we got down a bit because we made a few mistakes and the team was catching up to us. Then we got a couple serves, which got us up and we came back.”

Their season has had a steady schedule beginning in January with three practices a week. Throughout the last few months they have also had seven tournaments. They won a silver and three bronze medals at those events, all of which were at the U-14 level.

“A lot of it (team’s success) is how close we all are,” said Jessica Trevors, the tournament MVP at provincials. “We do a lot of things together and practice three times a week and sometimes play tournaments or games on the weekend. You need to be close when you’re playing a lot together.”

Trevors added that she didn’t expect to be named MVP.

“I just thought there were all-stars, so I didn’t expect it at all,” she said. “My serving was good, but I still didn’t expect it. I was just happy and proud of my team.”

Since January both the players and head coach Keith Melanson believe the team has steadily improved. He said they got better each weekend and tournament because they worked hard.

“It was our serving and receiving that improved the most this year,” said Leah McPherson. “Our fluency and consistency got better. We just played better together as a group.”

McPherson was also named a tournament all-star with Green.

Melanson added that their successful season was a team effort as all 10 girls played almost equal time all season, including provincials.

“We’re really proud of the girls,” he said. “They worked really hard all year and had a lot of fun at the same time.”

Organizations: Nighthawks Volleyball Club

Geographic location: Pictou County

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  • Bob Rogers
    April 28, 2014 - 21:38

    Congratulations to all the young ladies. Good to see the old coach still has what it takes. The other young guy with him was pretty good too.