ESTEVAN - The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs senior boys and girls volleyball teams competed at 5A regional tournaments this past weekend.
Estevan hosted the senior boys tournament on Saturday, and placed fourth out of the four teams entered.
Estevan’s closest game was against the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles, a match that Weyburn won 2-1 (25-22, 17-25, 16-14).
Estevan then dropped a 2-0 (25-11, 25-11) decision to the Swift Current Colts and a 2-0 (25-17, 27-7) score to Yorkton Regional High School Raiders.
The top two teams after the round-robin, Yorkton and Swift Current, advanced to provincials.
Coach Kevin Perkins said they have many players returning next year and hope to be a much stronger team.
The senior girls competed in Weyburn, also on Saturday. Their first match against Weyburn was delayed due to unfavourable road conditions in the morning, and Estevan lost 2-0 (25-20, 25-14).
ECS recovered to defeat Swift Current 2-0 (25-23, 25-13) but then dropped another 2-0 (25-22, 25-19) decision to Balgonie, who went on to finish first at regionals.
Estevan finished the tournament with a 2-0 (25-16, 25-23) win over Yorkton Sacred Heart to wind up third.
Head coach Tamara Franklin and assistant coach Kourtney Kobitz said they had a difficult bracket to compete in at regionals. Since Swift Current is hosting provincials this year, only the top two teams qualified for provincials.
This year’s senior girls team was quite strong with five Grade 12s, a couple of Grade 11s and some Grade 10s. For the first weeks in September, they needed to have everyone play to see where they would best fit on the court.
ECS won tournaments in Yorkton in October and Swift Current in November.
All girls played club volleyball during the lost COVID season, and Franklin commended the club coaches for continuing to work with youth athletes. She believes the team was strong due to the continued participation and development of players through club volleyball.