NPSS junior volleyball team boosts confidence ahead of Zones

The NPSS junior girls volleyball team had a near-perfect weekend at home for the Junior Girls Regionals last weekend, November 1 and 2. They went 4-2 over the weekend, losing to the Dawson Creek junior team in the final to win silver. Both NPSS and DCSS qualified for Zones this weekend in Prince George.

Unfortunately, Dawson Creek beat NPSS in both games on the weekend. In the final, with the Grizzlies having already earned a berth into Zones, NPSS coach Ian Zackodnik said they viewed the game as an opportunity to try some different lineups and combinations ahead of the Prince George tournament.

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“We tried to have some fun with that round and see what else we could do. We’ll make the adjustments ahead of Prince George but I’m real happy with how the team played,” Zackodnik said.

The MVP of the tournament for NPSS, Avery Hucker, was pleased with how her team came together over the weekend and how they have played on the season overall.

“We’ve really improved. This is our first year all playing together and we work better as a team than when we started, and we tried our best,” Hucker said. “I can’t wait to go to Prince George and see some new competition and have a fun weekend.”

Zackodnik said the team’s hits have improved and are much harder than when they started, and is happy with the backcourt defense.

“The only area we really have to work on is our serves, if we get those in a bit more consistently we’ll be in good shape,” Zackodnik said.

Zones start on Friday, November 8 in Prince George.

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