The Dawson Creek Volleyball Club's Under-16 team's season is over, but it was one of major gains in skills, strategy and teamwork.
"We played really well and really improved a lot from last year and worked well together. It was a really good season," said Dynamite player Morgan Bassett.
"Our skill level picked up a lot and our communication was better too. After playing together for a long time, it has really helped."
The team, coached by Victor Cortes, had planned to attend the nationals in Calgary this weekend, but opted not to because of player fatigue and injuries.
Instead, the provincial championships in Red Deer two weeks ago was the final tournament of the season for the local club team.
The team finished 17th in Volleyball Alberta's U-16 Division 3 Provincial Championships, but that's lower than many of the finishes that the girls have had this season.
After playing with various school teams in the fall, many of the same girls on the U-16 Dynamite were part of the Dawson Creek team that represented the Peace Region at the Northern B.C. Winter Games in Prince Rupert in February and won the gold medal.
Later in the spring the girls, most in Grade 10 but with a couple of Grade 9 rookies, were second of 21 teams in the consolation round of one of Volleyball Alberta's Premier Tournaments and in April the girls won their home tournament.