The Estevan Extreme Volleyball Club U15M team landed in fifth place in their division at the U16M SaskCup #1 in Warman on the weekend. 

The team competed against 27 others and were undefeated during round-robin play. They won their crossover match against the U16M Smashing Bananas, landing them in Division 1 for the playoffs.  

Playoffs kicked off on Sunday where the EEVC suffered their only loss of the weekend. This was against the Huskies Premier U16M who ended up winning the whole tournament.  

EEVC won the rest of their matchups on Sunday. They finished in fifth place in Division 1 and as the highest-ranked U15M team in the division. 

“I think the boys did an awesome job this weekend. Our first contact was really good, so were our serves and our passes.” said Coach Bryton Such.  

He added that the team did a great job sticking together, staying focused, sticking to their game plan, and doing a great job in their assigned roles.  
“It definitely makes us as coaches feel good, that the work that the boys have put in and the work that we put in as coaches is getting the outcome that we want,” said Such, “There's definitely some stuff that we need to clean up to get even better, but it definitely makes us happy and we're super proud of the way that the boys played on the weekend and we're super proud of the work that they've put in so far in this season." 

Such said that while the team did great on the weekend, they are working to improve consistency when it comes to strengthening digs as well as first service passes.  

“Then just really using information that you see based on what's happening on the other side of the net and using that to your advantage would be something that we need to improve on as well," said Such. 

The Estevan Extreme Volleyball U15M team practices an average of six hours a week. Playing in 6 tournaments this year and also plays exhibition games. 

“We try to get in as much volleyball as possible, but it's a little tough when you're so out of the way here in the southeast that some of the top teams from, say, Saskatoon, don't always want to come down and play you for an exhibition match,” said Such.  

They have played against Weyburn’s U16 Chaos twice earlier in the season and won both of those matches. They also play scrimmage games against teams within their league. 

For now, the team is honing their skills as they prepare for an upcoming tournament in March. 

“We have 10 teams coming from across the province, so it should be a good tournament to come out and support volleyball in Estevan,” said Such.  

The tournament will double as a fundraiser as they prepare to head to nationals in Edmonton.