Women’s Avs return winless from tourney

Despite the record, rookies got a good taste of college-level volleyball.

The women’s Avalanche have finished their preseason following a tournament in Red Deer, where they went winless in five matches.

The Avs were fleshing out their roster and playing the rookies for the whole event to give everyone as much experience as possible in advance of the regular Pacwest season, which begins next week with a road trip to Vancouver Island.

“It was more getting everyone out there and experiencing the game,” said Kelsey Thompson, who plays left side. “It’s such a different game from high school Grade 12 to college. The pace is extremely fast.”

From here on in, it’s little things the team wants to tweak as they prepare for their first matches against Camosun College and Vancouver Island University.

Thompson, a third-year athlete, said the the team is looking forward to getting into league games.

“We’re showing so much potential already, which is really good,” Thompson said.

The Avs faced a few of the same teams they played a few weeks ago at the Rumble in the Rockies tournament hosted by the College of the Rockies, but other squads were unfamiliar.

Thompson singled out the 25-17, 23-25, 15-10 loss to Kings University College as one of the tougher matches.

“Their middles were insane,” Thompson said. “They were a fast offence and they couldn’t do anything wrong, which was hard to play against.”

However, there was a silver lining to their weekend with a strong performance in their opening match against Medicine Hat, a loss at 29-27, 25-18.

“Even though we lost, it was a good game,” Thompson said. “There were a few points that just didn’t go our way, it was unfortunate, but we seemed to click in that game.