Volleyball season begins this week on four fronts

All four William E. Hay volleyball teams are in action this week to kick off the high school season.

All four William E. Hay volleyball teams are in action this week to kick off the high school season.

The Stettler Wildcats are represented with senior and junior varsity (JV) clubs in boys’ and girls’ divisions.

“Our school is very happy and excited to field four teams, in light of the fact that several 3A schools in Alberta aren’t able to play four teams,” said athletic director Warren Aspenes.

Play began Tuesday for Stettler’s girls, with both the senior and JV Wildcats scheduled to play at Camrose (after press time).

Today, the senior boys visit Camrose.

The JV Wildcats will have to wait a week for their first league game, Sept. 23 at Rocky Mountain House, but they’re off to Calgary on Friday for a weekend tournament, as are the JV girls.

The senior and JV boys play their home-opener on Sept. 25 against Lacombe.

The girls’ home-opening action is Sept. 24 against HJ Cody of Sylvan Lake.

The senior boys and girls play in the Ardrossan tournament this weekend.

Each of the four Stettler coaches commented on their outlook for this season:

Senior boys

“I think our team will be good this year,” Jefferson McClung said.

“We have strong setters and strong hitters. Our team supports each other, which is great for the team atmosphere. If we keep strong team dynamics, we should have a great year.”

Senior girls

“We have a lot of returning players,” Rachelle Campeau said. “After the first week of practice, our team is looking quite strong. It should be a good season.”

JV boys

“We are excited and looking forward to the season ahead,” Brady Armstrong said. “We all feel we have lots of potential and great team chemistry. Our first tournament is in Calgary, and will be an exciting test come (this) Friday. All in all, we are excited to see what is in store for us this year.”

JV girls

“Our main focus is on skills, for our fairly young team,” Corinne Stephenson said. “Practices have been good.”

SENIOR BOYS

Aaron Lee

Braden Deagle

Brent Schweer

Cole Bailey

Jade Chapman

Jordan Bauman

Jordan Smyth

Justin Dadensky

Tristan Laughlin

Coaches: Jefferson McClung and James Choi.

SENIOR GIRLS

Abby Tizzard

Allison Cassidy

Bailey Steinhoff

Carly Armstrong

Jamie Ternes

Jessica Nelson

Katie Monaghan

Kennidy Fisher

Morgan VanDusen

Toni-Lynn Ganser

Trya Ganser

Coaches: Rachelle Campeau and Michele Brule (former Wildcat).

JV BOYS

Adam Pitzel

John Langford

Jordan Lee

Kyle Poapst

Paul Georget

Schubert Hernando

Thomas Gustavson

Will Roberts

Zack Werbowesky

Coaches: Brady Armstrong and Derrick Hatch.

JV GIRLS

Ryah Auton

Brooke Clark

Makayla Enns

Alyssa Henderson

Caela Henderson

Skylar Kirkness

Nikyta Lachowsky

Ally Marshall

Shayla McLean

Ashley Sukkua

Emily Wright

Olivia Zuk

Coaches: Corinne Stephenson and Alicia Kneeland.

— High School Report