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Volleyball gaining momentum in Lloydminster

By July 11, 2024No Comments

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Volleyball is gaining momentum in Lloydminster as we celebrate six local athletes on their selection to the Team Saskatchewan Volleyball rosters for this summer.

Athletes Hailey Krankowsky and Aubree Sunderland from Momentum volleyball club have been given the opportunity to showcase their talent by traveling to Calgary for the Canada Cup July 24-28 to play for the U16/U15 women’s provincial volleyball team.

“Volleyball is special to me because I’ve been playing for so long and my whole life has revolved around it.” Hailey said when asked why she plays volleyball.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people, having new experiences, learning from new coaches and learning new ways to play,” said Hailey on her selection to the U16/U15 provincial team.

Carley Kenefick from St. Walburg played for Momentum’s U16 team and was offered a spot on the U16/U15 provincial team, but she was unable to make the commitment, so she declined the offer.

Kolton Wildeman and Rylan Smith from LCHS and Will Reiniger from St. Jerome’s Catholic School played club volleyball together for the Rustlers U17 team and were selected to be a part of the U17 men’s provincial team to travel to the Canada Cup as well.

When asked about the quality’s each of these boys possess, head coach of LCHS senior boys volleyball team Doug Smith said, “Kolton is an elite athlete, he trains very hard, he is always looking to improve, and he is a dominant offensive player.”

“Will is a natural leader, hard worker, excellent athlete. Just an all-around very good volleyball player. Rylan is a cerebral player, has good command of the court and can help his offense pick apart the other side.”

Cory Gratton started Momentum alongside Brent Teasdale in 2020. They run camps in the summer and are looking forward to the biggest one they host annually.

“Last summer we were at approximately 100 girls registered in our camp which made us the largest all girls volleyball camp in Saskatchewan and we are anticipating those numbers again.” said Gratton.

“We had teams in the U14, U15 and U16 categories and all our first teams in each of those categories medaled at provincials,” said Gratton on the club’s success this past season.

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